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Mastering Representation and Regulation Curriculum


Module 1 – Representation


  • Introduction – Representing the Professional Athlete
  • Does Sports Law Exist?
  • Marginalizing Sports
  • Sports and Society
  • Cultural Significance of Sports
  • Law and Sports

Module 2 – Leagues and Legal Regulation


  • Leagues and Legal Regulation - Team Sports
  • The "Players" in Team Sports
  • League Governance
  • Antitrust Law limits Sherman Act, Part 1
  • Concerted Action - Antitrust Law, Part 1
  • Unreasonable Restraint of Trade - Antitrust Law, Part 2
  • Franchises IP Rights
  • Antitrust Limits - Sherman Act, Part 2

Module 3 – Labor Relations Part 1


  • Labor Relations - Contract Law
  • The Modern Negative Injunction
  • Labor Law History
  • Collective Bargaining
  • Salary Caps; Player Mobility
  • Current CBA’s
  • Uniform Player Contracts

Module 4 – Labor Relations Part 2


  • Unfair Labor Practices
  • MLB® Litigation
  • Duty of Fair Representation
  • Labor Arbitration
  • Salary Arbitration
  • Contract Dispute Arbitration
  • Disciplinary Power
  • Bonus Arbitration

Module 5 – Labor Relations Part 3


  • Antitrust/Labor Intersection
  • The Non-Statutory Exemption from Antitrust Law
  • Extending the Scope of the Non-Statutory Exemption
  • The Brown Case
  • The Brady Case
  • The Clarett Case
  • Player Management Conflicts: Any Antitrust Liability?

Module 6 – The Roles of Sports Agents in the Lives of Athletes


  • The Agent/Player Relationship
  • The Standard of Care for Agents
  • Conflicts of Interest in the Player/Agent Relationship
  • Federal Regulation of Agents
  • State Regulation of Agents
  • Union Regulation of Agents
  • Ethical Issues for Agents

Module 7 – Intellectual Property in Sports


  • Introduction to Intellectual Property in Sports
  • Trademark Infringement, Part 1
  • Trademark Infringement, Part 2
  • Trademark Dilution
  • Olympic Marks
  • Ambush Marketing
  • Broadcast Rights
  • Copyright Law

Module 8 –Publicity Rights, Endorsements


  • Misappropriation
  • Defamation
  • The Right of Privacy
  • The Right of Publicity
  • Marketing the Player
  • Endorsement Deals
  • Course Review