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Sports Law in Practice (Fall 2017)
- Course Number: LAW-718
- Class Number: 03406
- Instructor: Kelly Crabb
Sports Law in Practice will focus on the fundamental legal and commercial aspects of sports: ticketing, licensing, sponsorships, broadcasting and pageantry, including a look at the legal principles and structures affecting athletes. The primary focus of the course is to provide students with a basic knowledge of the principles and practices related to the organization and execution of a successful sports establishment and/or sporting event.
Objectives: Students who successfully complete this course will learn the basic legal and business aspects of: (a) the structure employed by international and local sports organizations; (b) the employment and participation of athletes; (c) the major commercial aspects of sports practice—i.e., contracts, copyright and trademarks (with a taste of antitrust law); (d) selling tickets to sports events; (e) merchandise licensing; (f) sponsorships; (g) commercial endorsements; (h) initiatives against “ambush marketing;” (i) sports broadcasting; and (j) the pageantry of sports—i.e., opening and closing ceremonies, half-time performances, award ceremonies, etc.
Class Structure: Students will participate in class discussions and, in part, in groups or “teams.” Each team will be given an assignment to organize and represent, for the purposes of in-class group simulations and presentations, one or more of the following interconnected constituencies: (a) the League; (b) Team Owners; (c) Players Association/Player Agents; (d) Organizing Committee; (e) Sponsors; (f) Venue Owners; (g) Broadcasters; (h) Ticket Vendor; (i) Official Licensees; and (j) Producer of the Championship Entertainment.
Grading: The current thinking is to base the course grade on the following six areas (with the percentages subject to change):
· Class participation in discussions/simulations, etc. – 8 points
· Brief (no more than 5 minute) discussion of sports issue in the news – 7 points
· Analytic thought piece (3 pages or less) – 20 points
· Five written quizzes based on reading (closed book, mostly multiple choice) – 20 points
· Culminating group exercise – 15 points
· Final exam – 30 points
- Unit Value: 2
- Grading Options: Numerical or CR/D/F
- Schedule: M 4:00 pm - 5:50 pm
- Room Number: Room 101
- Exam: In-class exam
- Writing Requirement: No
- Skills/Experiential Unit Requirement: yes
- Participation: Required and graded
- Enrollment Limitation: 30 students
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