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4th Edition

Sport Law
A Managerial Approach

Edited By

Anita M. Moorman

ISBN 9780367338503
Published December 29, 2020 by Routledge
756 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Now in its fourth edition, this text is still the only sport law textbook to introduce sport legal studies from a management perspective and integrate legal strategies to gain a competitive advantage in business.  Acknowledging that students understand legal concepts better when they are tied to real sport management practice, the book is organized around the core management functions.

It provides concise explanations of key concepts, as well as current industry examples and legal cases, and gives the student all the legal knowledge they need to become confident and effective professionals in sport management, recreation, or sport education. This new edition includes additional contributions from leading sport law educators and practitioners, and has expanded coverage of important contemporary issues including:

·       Sports injury and concussion litigation
·       Impact of Covid-19 on events and leagues
·       Gender discrimination, disability discrimination, sexual harassment, #metoo, and USWNT pay equity
·       Intellectual property, licensing agreements, publicity rights, social media influencers, and digital privacy
·       Student-athletes and marketing rights
·       Sport gambling and state regulation
·       Athlete activism, employee free speech, and collective bargaining
·       Olympic and Paralympic restructuring
·       NCAA Division 1 Coaches Contracts

The book contains useful features and ancillaries to help with teaching and learning, including managerial context tables, case opinions, focus cases, strategies for competitive advantage, discussion questions, and learning activities. It is an essential text for any course on sport law or recreation law, an invaluable supplement to any course on sport business and management, and an important reference for all sport management practitioners.

Online resources include a variety of exam questions for each chapter, featuring multiple choice, true or false, short answer exam questions and short essay questions, and a sample syllabus.

Table of Contents



1          Introduction to Law and Management in Sport

2          The U.S. Legal System and Using Legal Resources




3          The Employment Relationship: Creation and Termination of Employment

4          Employer Liability for Acts of Employees and Others

5          Employment Discrimination, Part I: Terms & Conditions of Employment

            Erica J. Zonder

6          Employment Discrimination, Part II: Harassment and Employee Expression

            Lauren McCoy

7          Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining in Sport

            Lisa Pike Masteralexis

8          The Law of Agency and Athlete Agents

            Lisa Pike Masteralexis

9          Wage and Workplace Regulation




10        Governance Issues in Professional Sports

            Alicia Jessop

11        Governance Issues in High School and College Athletics

            Amanda M. Siegrist

12        Regulation of Participation and Athlete Rights in High School and College     Athletics

            Erica J. Zonder

13        Governance Issues and Participant Rights in Olympic Sport




14        Liability Issues and Sports Participants

            Kristi L. Schoepfer

15        Liability Issues and Venue/Event Operations

            Kristi L. Schoepfer

16        Contract Issues and Venue/Event Operations

            Amanda M. Siegrist

17        Planning and Accessibility Issues in Venue/Event Operations




18        Development and Protection of Intellectual Property

            Stephanie A. Tryce

19        Promotional and Operational Issues in Marketing

            Alicia Jessop

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Anita M. Moorman is Professor of Sport Administration at the University of Louisville, USA. She teaches sport law and legal aspects of sport. Professor Moorman is licensed to practice law in the State of Oklahoma and was admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court when she served as co-counsel for nine disability sport organizations on an amicus curiae brief in the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act case involving the professional golfer, Casey Martin (Martin v. PGA Tour, 2001). She served as an expert consultant for the SB206 California Community College Name, Image, and Likeness Working Group studying the impact of NIL policies and legislation on community college athletes. Her research interests include examining contractual and commercial relationships in sport and the unique impact that numerous Supreme Court decisions have had in the sport industry with a focus on participant rights in sport. 

Non-Contributing Editors
Linda Sharp retired as Professor Emerita from the Sport Management program at the University of Northern Colorado, USA, where she taught courses in sport law, sport ethics, and issues in college sport. Her research focused on torts, contracts, and employment law in the context of a variety of sport organizations.

Cathryn Claussen retired as Professor Emerita from the Sport Management Program at Washington State University, USA, where she taught courses in sport law, sport ethics, and sport sociology. Her research focused on civil rights and civil liberties in the context of managing sport enterprises.