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Taxing Missy: Operation Gold And The 2012 Proposed Olympic Tax Elimination Act, Kathryn Kisska-Schulze, Adam Epstein Dec 2012

Taxing Missy: Operation Gold And The 2012 Proposed Olympic Tax Elimination Act, Kathryn Kisska-Schulze, Adam Epstein

Adam Epstein

The purpose of this article is to explore the legal and tax environment surrounding the August 1, 2012 bill referred to as the Olympic Tax Elimination Act (OTEA) which was introduced in the U.S. Senate to exempt from gross income the prize money earned by U.S. Olympians from the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) for earning a gold, silver or bronze medal. The OTEA came at a time when American economic growth has been stagnant, and income tax issues became a hotly contested political debate for the 2012 Presidential election. The article explores how tax issues have weaved their way …


Missouri Sports Law, Adam Epstein Dec 2012

Missouri Sports Law, Adam Epstein

Adam Epstein

The purpose of this paper is to present a brief perspective and overview on how individuals and teams associated with the state of Missouri have had an impact on sports law in general. This article synthesizes Missouri-related cases and decisions, demonstrating that the legal issues are quite broad and varied in this area of the law. Some represent significant state and federal sports law cases including those that have been initiated in or traveled through Missouri via the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.


Surveying Colorado Sports Law, Adam Epstein Dec 2012

Surveying Colorado Sports Law, Adam Epstein

Adam Epstein

The purpose of this article is to provide an overview and explore some of the major sports law cases that have emanated from within the four corners of the state of Colorado or maneuvered through Denver’s Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. Colorado is a prime location for a wide range of cutting edge cases, decisions, discussions and events which have an impact on the relationship between sports and the law among the professional, amateur and recreational environments. Legal issues at Colorado-based educational institutions appear to have an affinity for and history of exposing and challenging the authority of NCAA policies.


An Exploration Of Interesting Clauses In Sports, Adam Epstein Dec 2010

An Exploration Of Interesting Clauses In Sports, Adam Epstein

Adam Epstein

The purpose of this article is to explore a broad spectrum of some of the more prominent and interesting contract clauses that have worked their way into the practice of law in the business of sport. Many of the examples utilized in this article reflect the fundamental principles of contract law generally. The article explores contract clauses (and in some cases terminations) related to prominent coaches including Jim O'Brien, Kelvin Sampson, Tom Crean and Bruce Pearl. Other clauses explored include baseball's now outdated reserve clause, termination for cause clauses, morals, force majeure, liquidated damages, hazardous activity, best efforts, best interests …


Religion And Sports In The Undergraduate Classroom: A Surefire Way To Spark Student Interest, Adam Epstein Dec 2010

Religion And Sports In The Undergraduate Classroom: A Surefire Way To Spark Student Interest, Adam Epstein

Adam Epstein

The purpose of this pedagogical piece is to present an opportunity to discuss religion in the context of sports as a means of generating classroom discussion and prompting extra-curricular reading on topics pertaining to business law primarily at the undergraduate level. A discussion of religion and sports provides one avenue to pursue exploration of the free exercise and establishment clauses. Examples are provided in the intercollegiate, interscholastic and professional sport contexts. The article also provides a brief primer on the First Amendment generally, outlining some of the classic Supreme Court cases. The article then discusses a series of cases involving …


Incorporating The Criminal Law In Sport Studies, Adam Epstein Dec 2008

Incorporating The Criminal Law In Sport Studies, Adam Epstein

Adam Epstein

The purpose of this article is to provide an outline for teaching the criminal law in a sport studies (or related) course. The article discusses the differences among various crimes and whether physical violence involves legitimate or illegitimate force during a sports contest. Even non-violent (white collar) crimes such as the incident at the University of Toledo demonstrate how the criminal law can weave its way into the legal environment of sport. The article also notes how crimes can be committed in all environments and at all levels: youth sport, recreational activities and leagues, amateur competition and in the professional …


Sales And Sports Law, Adam Epstein Dec 2007

Sales And Sports Law, Adam Epstein

Adam Epstein

The purpose of this article is to provide insight into the basics of the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) and explore its application to sports law. Particular focus is on the sale of goods found in the UCC's Article 2. Whether a buyer and seller closes a deal for the sale of helmets, bats, balls, backboards, sports memorabilia, a new artificial surface for the outdoor field or to fulfill an order for a new set of game jerseys, the UCC applies to the sale if the parties to the sales contract failed to otherwise agree upon the specifics.


The Fundamentals Of Teaching Sports Law, Adam Epstein Dec 2006

The Fundamentals Of Teaching Sports Law, Adam Epstein

Adam Epstein

The article lays out the fundamentals of teaching a successful Sports Law course including the subject areas of Sports Agency, Sports Contracts, Sports Torts, Sports Crimes, Title IX Issues, Disabilities in Sports, the use of Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs), and so on.


Book Review: Sports Law: Cases, Documents, And Materials, Adam Epstein Dec 2005

Book Review: Sports Law: Cases, Documents, And Materials, Adam Epstein

Adam Epstein

Book Review of Walter T. Champion's 2005 textbook.


The Adea And Sports Law, Adam Epstein Dec 2005

The Adea And Sports Law, Adam Epstein

Adam Epstein

The purpose of this article is to provide insight into age issues in sports law and its relationship to the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA), a federal law. There are a few published decisions involving the ADEA in the sports setting. However, there are some cases involving claims by coaches, support staff and administrators who allege they were terminated unlawfully based upon age discrimination. Part I presents a comprehensive overview of the ADEA including defenses to a claim of age discrimination. Part II offers relevant cases with regard to the ADEA and its evolution including the few …


Book Review: Sports Law And Regulation: Cases, Materials, And Problems, Adam Epstein Dec 2004

Book Review: Sports Law And Regulation: Cases, Materials, And Problems, Adam Epstein

Adam Epstein

Review of the 2005 textbook authored by Matthew J. Mitten, Timothy Davis, Rodney K. Smith & Robert C. Berry. The four authors of this text all have credible status in the field of sports law as professors at the law school level, and the reader is reminded of their expertise throughout the book in numerous footnotes, notes and in other references. They present 12 chapters of a sport law smorgasbord in an interesting arrangement. The authors note that the book should be given multidisciplinary consideration among law students and upper-division undergraduate and graduate students. However, the authors provide that the …


Whistle-Blowing And The Continued Expansion Of Title Ix In Jackson V. Birmingham Board Of Education, Adam Epstein Dec 2004

Whistle-Blowing And The Continued Expansion Of Title Ix In Jackson V. Birmingham Board Of Education, Adam Epstein

Adam Epstein

A study of the history and importance of the 2005 Supreme Court decision that expanded Title IX to include a private right of action for individuals who reveal Title IX violations even though they themselves were not subject to sex discrimination. The case involved Roderick Jackson a high school coach from the Birmingham, Alabama area.


Bankruptcy And Sport Management, Adam Epstein Dec 2003

Bankruptcy And Sport Management, Adam Epstein

Adam Epstein

A discussion of the relationship between bankruptcy law and sport studies including sports management and sports law. A history of bankruptcy laws is presented, including relevancy between today and its ancient Roman roots. A list of teams and individuals (through 2003) who have filed for bankruptcy provides a springboard for further research. The differences between Chapter 7, Chapter 11 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy is presented in the context of sport. Particular emphasis is given to the bankruptcy filings by Cannondale bicycle manufacturer and sports agent David Dunn.


Body Blow: Boxer Chases Ambulance And Wins Judgment, Adam Epstein Dec 2003

Body Blow: Boxer Chases Ambulance And Wins Judgment, Adam Epstein

Adam Epstein

Case analysis and discussion of Maldonado v. Gateway Hotel Holdings, L.L.C., 2003 Mo. App. LEXIS 1577, in which the Missouri appellate court upheld a trial court decision as a professional boxer was awarded $13.7 million in compensatory damages for a hotel's failure to provide an ambulance on site after the match was over even though it had subcontracted responsibility for the event with a promoter.


Alternative Dispute Resolution In Sport Management And The Sport Management Curriculum, Adam Epstein Dec 2001

Alternative Dispute Resolution In Sport Management And The Sport Management Curriculum, Adam Epstein

Adam Epstein

The article covers the basics of alternative dispute resolution (ADR). It then demonstrates how the instructor can utilize and incorporate ADR to effectively teach in sport management classes and sports law at the intercollegiate level.