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Just A Bit Aside, Howard Wasserman Jan 2016

Just A Bit Aside, Howard Wasserman

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In "Time to Drop the Infield Fly Rule and End a Common Law Anomaly," Judge Andrew Guilford and Joel Mallord offer the first cohesive scholarly critique of baseball's venerated and venerable Infield Fly Rule. They argue that the rule is grounded in outdated notions of sportsmanship and opposition to deception and that the game would be more exciting if players could be left to their own strategic and skillful devices on infield fly balls. This Response Essay builds on my previous work to argue that, properly understood, the Infield Fly Rule is justified, necessary, and appropriate in order to ...


Catalyzing Fans, Howard Wasserman, Dan Markel, Michael Mccann Jan 2015

Catalyzing Fans, Howard Wasserman, Dan Markel, Michael Mccann

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This paper proposes the development of Fan Action Committees (“FACs”), which, like their political counterpart ("PACs"), could mobilize and empower fans to play a larger role in the decision-making associated with which “production teams” the talent will work.

We outline two institutional options: FACs could directly compensate talent by crowdfunding, or they could make donations to charities favored by talent. We then discuss both obstacles and objections from a variety of policy and legal perspectives ranging from competitive balance to distributive justice. Finally, we consider possible extensions of the FAC model as well as offer some ruminations on why FACs ...


Football And The Infield Fly Rule, Howard M. Wasserman Jan 2014

Football And The Infield Fly Rule, Howard M. Wasserman

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The Economics Of The Infield Fly Rule, Howard M. Wasserman Jan 2013

The Economics Of The Infield Fly Rule, Howard M. Wasserman

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No sports rule has generated as much legal scholarship as baseball's Infield Fly Rule. Interestingly, however, no one has explained or defended the rule on its own terms as part of the internal rules and institutional structure of baseball as a game. This Article takes on that issue, explaining both why baseball should have the Infield Fly Rule and why a similar rule is not necessary or appropriate in seemingly comparable, but actually quite different, baseball situations., The answer lies in the dramatic cost-benefit disparities present in the infield fly and absent in most other game situations.

The-infield fly ...


Confronting The Youth Sports Concussion Crisis: A Central Role For Responsible Local Enforcement Of Playing Rules, Douglas E. Abrams Jan 2013

Confronting The Youth Sports Concussion Crisis: A Central Role For Responsible Local Enforcement Of Playing Rules, Douglas E. Abrams

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This article concerns the effect of playing rules on efforts to prevent concussions in youth sports. We can significantly reduce rates of sports-related concussions by periodically reviewing safety-based playing rules in light of medical learning, and then by assuring their enforcement by coaches, officials and parents who remain committed to sportsmanship and mutual respect in local games.


Connecting Law And Creativity: The Role Of Lawyers In Supporting Creative And Innovative Economic Development, Amanda M. Spratley Jan 2012

Connecting Law And Creativity: The Role Of Lawyers In Supporting Creative And Innovative Economic Development, Amanda M. Spratley

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This article explores multiple ways in which lawyers and the legal community can connect with arts-oriented and other creative businesses to both invigorate the experience of the lawyers offering assistance and highlight ways for the legal community to position itself as relevant and helpful in the new creative economy.

This article's discussion is directed to lawyers who wish to know more about the creative economy and their position within it, but may also be informative to artists and professionals in creative enterprises by highlighting some of the legal considerations that may affect them and examining ways that seeking legal ...


The Twelve-Year-Old Girl's Lawsuit That Changed America: The Continuing Impact Of Now V. Little League Baseball, Inc. At 40, Douglas E. Abrams Jan 2012

The Twelve-Year-Old Girl's Lawsuit That Changed America: The Continuing Impact Of Now V. Little League Baseball, Inc. At 40, Douglas E. Abrams

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In 1972, Little League's national office forced 12-year-old Maria Pepe off her Hoboken (N.J.) team because "[g]irls are not eligible." The New Jersey Division on Civil Rights sustained her gender discrimination claim in 1973, and the courts upheld the administrative decision a year later.

National reaction to Maria Pepe's courageous insistence on gender equity helped sustain the evolution in gender roles that had accelerated since the Women's Movement of the 1960s. Her landmark legal action also likely influenced the Supreme Court's gradual movement toward intermediate scrutiny of gender discrimination claims; the 1975 federal regulations ...


Player Safety In Youth Sports: Sportsmanship And Respect As An Injury Prevention Strategy, Douglas E. Abrams Jan 2012

Player Safety In Youth Sports: Sportsmanship And Respect As An Injury Prevention Strategy, Douglas E. Abrams

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Preventing avoidable injury is the first obligation of adults who conduct and supervise youth sports events. The law plays only a limited role because lawsuits occur only after the injury. As the behavior of many parents and coaches has deteriorated, national youth sports governing bodies have produced materials that cast adults as role models and urge them to teach and practice sportsmanship and respect. These bodies should now recast these useful citizenship-based adult-education materials to stress also that adherence to sportsmanship and respect helps prevent injuries that can occur when adults acting irresponsibly neutralize national safety standards. Protective equipment is ...


The Future Of Music: Reconfiguring Public Performance Rights, Gary Myers, George Howard Apr 2010

The Future Of Music: Reconfiguring Public Performance Rights, Gary Myers, George Howard

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This article focuses on two concrete measures to improve the music industry prognosis. Public performance rights have long been an important piece of the economic pie that helps support the music business. This article suggests that the scope of public performance rights should be fundamentally reassessed and expanded. This expansion involves two specific and complementary reconfigurations.


Major College Sports: A Modern Apartheid, Robert A. Mccormick, Amy C. Mccormick Jan 2010

Major College Sports: A Modern Apartheid, Robert A. Mccormick, Amy C. Mccormick

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A Trail Of Tears: The Exploitation Of The College Athlete, Robert A. Mccormick, Amy C. Mccormick Jan 2010

A Trail Of Tears: The Exploitation Of The College Athlete, Robert A. Mccormick, Amy C. Mccormick

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Sports In The Courts: The Role Of Sports References In Judicial Opinions, Douglas E. Abrams Jan 2010

Sports In The Courts: The Role Of Sports References In Judicial Opinions, Douglas E. Abrams

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In cases with no claims or defenses concerning sports, the Supreme Court and lower federal and state courts frequently publish opinions that draw analogies to the rules or terminology of sports familiar to broad segments of the American people. Sports analogies can help the court explain factual or legal points because today’s generation, including the lawyers and litigants who comprise the prime audience for written opinions, grew into adulthood amid an unprecedented saturation of professional and amateur sports in the broadcast and print media, and more recently on the Internet. This article surveys the broad array of sports whose ...


The Phases And Faces Of The Duke Lacrosse Controversy: A Conversation, James E. Coleman, Angela Davis, K.C. Johnson, Lyrissa Lydsky Jan 2009

The Phases And Faces Of The Duke Lacrosse Controversy: A Conversation, James E. Coleman, Angela Davis, K.C. Johnson, Lyrissa Lydsky

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The genesis of this panel is an essay I wrote arguing that the single moniker "Duke lacrosse controversy" encapsulates a broad, multi-faceted legal, political, and social controversy that more accurately consists of five related seriatim sub-controversies. Initially, it was a sexual assault case. An African-American woman, hired as an exotic dancer at a party thrown by members of the Duke University men's lacrosse team, reported to Durham police that she had been sexually assaulted by several white team members. The allegations quickly became a national story, tinged with issues of race, class, gender, privilege, and at some level, the ...


The Emperor's New Clothes: Lifting The Ncaa's Veil Of Amateurism, Amy C. Mccormick, Robert A. Mccormick Jan 2008

The Emperor's New Clothes: Lifting The Ncaa's Veil Of Amateurism, Amy C. Mccormick, Robert A. Mccormick

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The Myth Of The Student-Athlete: The College Athlete As Employee, Robert A. Mccormick, Amy C. Mccormick Jan 2006

The Myth Of The Student-Athlete: The College Athlete As Employee, Robert A. Mccormick, Amy C. Mccormick

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A Wolf In Sheep's Clothing: Wolf V. Ashcroft And The Constitutionality Of Using Mpaa Ratings To Censor Films In Prison, Colin Miller Jan 2004

A Wolf In Sheep's Clothing: Wolf V. Ashcroft And The Constitutionality Of Using Mpaa Ratings To Censor Films In Prison, Colin Miller

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On The Wagon Train To Afghanistan: Limitations On Star Trek's Prime Directive, Richard J. Peltz-Steele Jan 2003

On The Wagon Train To Afghanistan: Limitations On Star Trek's Prime Directive, Richard J. Peltz-Steele

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Part II of this article acquaints the reader with the Star Trek universe, both as a mirror of Western cultural development for the last three and a half decades, and conversely as a force that has had a remarkable impact on contemporary Western culture. This acquaintance provides a foundation to understand how and to what extent the Prime Directive, a product of science fiction, can be useful in understanding future intercultural contacts right here on Earth. Part III of this article reviews specifically the appearance of the Prime Directive in Star Trek lore, for the most part with reference to ...


The Social Welfare Of Advertising To Children, Dennis D. Crouch Jan 2002

The Social Welfare Of Advertising To Children, Dennis D. Crouch

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The aim of this Comment is to approach the issue of advertising to children through an examination of economic incentives and efficiency. The Comment ultimately makes the claim that televised advertisement of products, such as junk food, directed toward children may be inefficient and tend to decrease social welfare. Although they may be compelling, this paper does not rely on the secondary negative externalities often associated with television, such as the cost of treating diabetes and heart disease. Rather, the inefficiency discussed in the Comment involves the informational qualities of advertising. Advertising directed towards young children can be thought of ...


The Challenge Facing Parents And Coaches In Youth Sports: Assuring Children Fun And Equal Opportunity, Douglas E. Abrams Jan 2002

The Challenge Facing Parents And Coaches In Youth Sports: Assuring Children Fun And Equal Opportunity, Douglas E. Abrams

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Youth sports today brings both good and bad news. The good news is that organized sports programs enhance the vitality of communities large and small because twenty-five to thirty million children, nearly half of all American youngsters, join at least one program in any given year. At some time during their childhood and adolescence, nearly all children have some experience with organized sports. Outside the home and schools, no other activity reaches so many children from coast to coast.


The Bard And The Bench: An Opinion And Brief Writer's Guide To Shakespeare, Robert Peterson Jan 1999

The Bard And The Bench: An Opinion And Brief Writer's Guide To Shakespeare, Robert Peterson

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This work is a legal brief writer's and opinion drafter's guide to Shakespeare. It collects and catalogues by topic citations to plays, poems, or passages that are actually found in judicial opinions. This essay also suggests a few uncited orphans deserving a home in brief or opinion. The catalogue is web based; the reader may search it in its electronic format or download it for old-fashioned browsing.


Introduction, Robert A. Mccormick Jan 1999

Introduction, Robert A. Mccormick

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Introduction, Robert A. Mccormick Jan 1998

Introduction, Robert A. Mccormick

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Introduction, Robert A. Mccormick Jan 1998

Introduction, Robert A. Mccormick

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Labor Or Antitrust - Let The Players Choose, Robert A. Mccormick Jan 1997

Labor Or Antitrust - Let The Players Choose, Robert A. Mccormick

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No abstract provided.


Interference On Both Sides: The Case Against The Nfl-Nflpa Contract, Robert A. Mccormick Jan 1996

Interference On Both Sides: The Case Against The Nfl-Nflpa Contract, Robert A. Mccormick

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Introduction, Robert A. Mccormick Jan 1995

Introduction, Robert A. Mccormick

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Introduction, Robert A. Mccormick Jan 1994

Introduction, Robert A. Mccormick

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The Bases Are Loaded And It's Time To Get A Restraining Order: The Confounding Conflation Of America's Two National Pastimes, Paul A. Lebel Jan 1993

The Bases Are Loaded And It's Time To Get A Restraining Order: The Confounding Conflation Of America's Two National Pastimes, Paul A. Lebel

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Professional Football's Draft Eligibility Rule: The Labor Exemption And The Antitrust Laws, Robert A. Mccormick Jan 1984

Professional Football's Draft Eligibility Rule: The Labor Exemption And The Antitrust Laws, Robert A. Mccormick

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Baseball's Third Strike: The Triumph Of Collective Bargaining In Professional Baseball, Robert A. Mccormick Jan 1982

Baseball's Third Strike: The Triumph Of Collective Bargaining In Professional Baseball, Robert A. Mccormick

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No abstract provided.