Baseball and the Law

Cases and Comments (First Edition)
Walter T. Champion, Jr.
Paperback, 584 pages
ISBN: 978-1-63487-258-4 ©2016
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    Baseball has long been designated the great American pastime. However, when baseball is considered from a legal perspective it becomes more than sport, recreation, or entertainment, and it differs greatly from other examples of these. The only textbook of its kind, Baseball and the Law explains why baseball is different – legally – and examines baseball-specific regulations and laws.

    Each chapter focuses on a distinctive legal aspect of the sport beginning with contracts and laws related to injuries sustained by spectators. The material addresses salary arbitration and grievances, gambling, steroid use, the reserve clause and antitrust exemption, and intellectual property.

    Students also learn about free agency, the luxury tax, the baseball commissioner's power, strikes and lockouts, and defamation and privacy. The book underscores the importance of baseball's history, from segregation and the Negro league to its current global popularity.

    Filled with real-world examples and cases, as well as expert commentary, Baseball and the Law will be of interest for those studying law, sports management, and popular culture.

    Walter T. Champion, Jr. is the George Foreman Professor of Law at the Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Texas Southern University. He holds a J.D. from Temple University in Philadelphia and has been admitted to practice in both Pennsylvania and Texas. Professor Champion teaches courses in sports law and recreational injuries and he has written and spoken extensively on topics related to sports and the law. He is a member of the Texas Bar Association and the American Bar Association.