Professional and amateur sports have attained great importance throughout the world. Concomitant with this growth is the greater sophistication of the legal issues that affect the operation and regulation of this industry.
The module will provide an overview of the legal principles and business models and rules governing the sports industry and the legal controversies and policy considerations surrounding those rules.
Five major themes are explored: (1) the law and internal regulations applicable to professional and (to a lesser extent) amateur sports bodies. This involves a focus on the structure and powers of sports leagues, athletic federations, and the Olympic movement; (2) contractual issues, including sponsorship, endorsement and licensing; (3) the importance of and inherent tension between antitrust and labour law; (4) intellectual property and broadcast/Internet.