Sports Law in the United States

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Kluwer Law International, 2011 - Law - 212 pages
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Now also available aseBookDerived from the renowned multi-volume International Encyclopaedia of Laws,this practical analysis of sports law in the United States deals withthe regulation of sports activity by both public authorities and privatesports organizations. The growing internationalization of sports inevitablyincreases the weight of global regulation, yet each country maintains its owndistinct regime of sports law and its own national and local sportsorganizations. Sports law at a national or organizational level thus gains agrowing relevance in comparative law. The book describes and discusses bothstate-created rules and autonomous self regulation regarding the variety ofeconomic, social, commercial, cultural, and political aspects of sportsactivities. Self- regulation manifests itself in the form of by-laws, andencompasses organizational provisions, disciplinary rules, and rules of play.However, the trend towards more professionalism in sports and the growingeconomic, social and cultural relevance of sports have prompted an increasingreliance on legal rules adopted by public authorities. This form of regulationappears in a variety of legal areas, including criminal law, labour law,commercial law, tax law, competition law, and tort law, and may vary followinga particular type or sector of sport. It is in this dual and overlappingcontext that such much-publicized aspects as doping, sponsoring and media, andresponsibility for injuries are legally measured. This monograph fills a gapin the legal literature by giving academics, practitioners, sportsorganizations, and policymakers access to sports law at this specific level.Lawyers representing parties with interests in the United States willwelcome this very useful guide, and academics and researchers will appreciateits value in the study of comparative sports law. Also check outSports Law online. For more information on the International Encyclopaediaof Laws, click here.

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