Sports Employment Law (714)

Course Memo

This course will review the employment law aspects of sports. In every professional sport and for many amateur sports, employment legal issues govern the relationships between the athletes and their employer. Students in this course will study pertinent provisions of the collective bargaining agreements for Major League Baseball, the National Football League, and the National Basketball Association. The course will involve some practical exercises in negotiations. Students will also study the recent attempts made to convert student athletes into employees for purposes of the Fair Labor Standards Act and the National Labor Relations Act. Finally, students will analyze recent cases on the prospects of compensating student athletes for their likenesses on video games or publicity material.