Knowledge of American sports highly recommended.
Selected topics from the history and current affairs of professional and amateur sports. This seminar considers both the background and present status of various antitrust issues, labor relations problems, use of illegal/banned substances and other areas of interest. Also considered are the structure and operations of professional sports leagues and amateur organizations, the authority of sports commissioners and other authorities, collective bargaining negotiation and agreements with sports unions, grievance and arbitration processes, professional player contract matters, broadcasting arrangements, and legislation affecting sports.. Attention is given to the special circumstances of sports, such as the current litigation involving the NCAA and its commercial rights relating to game performances, and efforts to apply and adapt standard legal theory and practice to this unique environment. A paper is required.