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The Sports Law Handbook contains an overview of sports and its relationship to various categories of law, as well as the legal liabilities and responsibilities of coaches, administrators, managers, and institutions related to the sports field. 

This book will enable coaches and administrators to:

(1) Identify the relationship of sports to various categories of the law, including torts, crimes, and discrimination;

(2) Understand the role of the attorney and agent when representing athletes; 

(3) Relate principles of agency law in a sports context;

(4) Better understand  contracts and contractual terms;

(5) Differentiate between the legal issues unique to professional amateur sports;

(6) Understand  how criminal law differs from civil law in the context of sports;

(7) Better understand labor issues in the sports world; and (8)  Become more familiar with the laws and regulations covering the drug testing of athletes. Written by William H. Glover, Jr.  Learn More

Table of Contents


Copyright 2009

William H. Glover, Jr.

All rights reserved

I.          SPORTS CONTRACTS               

  • Sports Agents and Contracts
  • The Occupation of “Athlete”
  • Matters to be considered in drafting contract for employment of athlete
  • General Contract Law Principles
  •         Agreement
  •         Competent Parties  
  •         Assent or Consent
  •         Supported by Consideration
  •         Made for a Lawful Objective
  •         In the Form Required by Law.
  • Interpretation of a Contract
  • Categories of Contracts
  • Team Contracts versus Individual ContractS
  • The Professional Services (Standard Player) Contract
  • Endorsement Contracts
  • Appearance Contracts
  • Drafting the Sports Contract
  • Drafting Suggestions for a Sports Contract
  • Damages and Remedies for Breach of Contract
  • NCAA Contracts and Amateurism
  • Evolution of Amateurism
  • Other NCAA Contract Issues
  • Letter of Intent
  • Health Club Contract

II.         TORT LAW AND WAIVERS        

  • Negligence
  • Contributory Negligence versus Comparative Negligence
  • Gross Negligence
  • Spectator Injuries
  • Malpractice in Sports
  • Sports Officials
  • Workers Compensation
  • Insurance
  • Waivers and Releases
  •        Drafting Suggestions
  •        Minors and Waivers
  • Commercial Misappropriation
  • Products Liability
  • Strict Liability in Torts

III.        SPORT CRIMES                

  • Variety of Crimes
  • Contact Sports
  • General Criminal Law Principles
  • Sports Violence                    
  •        Illegitimate Sports Violence
  • Governmental Legislation
  • Internal League Controls
  • Fans and Spectators     
  • Sports Gambling  
  • Sports Bribery and Game Fixing                                                                                             

IV.       SPORTS AGENTS            

  • Questions a Star College Player Might Ask about a Prospective Agent

V.        EMPLOYMENT LAW                    

  • Collective bargaining contracts
  • Family and Medical Leave Act
  • The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970
  • Workmen Compensation Statutes          
  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
  •        Pregnancy Discrimination Act
  •        Quid pro quo
  •        Hostile working environment
  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA
  • Americans with Disabilities Act


  • Sherman Antitrust Act
  • Clayton Act
  • National Labor Relations Board
  • Monopolization
  • National Labor Relations Act
  • Baseball Exemption
  •        Reserve Clause


  • Trademarks and Service Marks
  • Trade
  • Copyrights
  • Patents
  • Trade Secrets
  • Remedies for Violation of Property Rights
  • Ambush Marketing

VIII.     TITLE IX — Other Women’s Issues       

  • College Sports
  • Title IX Criticism
  • Grove City College v. Bell
  • Title IX Tests
  • Evolution of Title IX
  • Men and Title IX
  • Programs Funding for Men and Women
  • Contact Sports Exception
  • Football
  • Programs of Men Cut Due to Title IX
  • Women Competing on Male Teams
  • Men Competing on Teams with Women
  • Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act
  • Equal Pay Act of 1963, 29 U.S.C.A. § 206

IX.       DRUGS AND TESTING                

  • Fourth Amendment
  • Fifth Amendment
  • NCAA Regulation
  • National Football League
  • The Olympic Game
  • International Olympic Committee Policies
  • Recent Drug Concerns: HGH and EPO
  • National Governing Bodies

X.        INTERNATIONAL SPORTS ISSUES                

  • Competition for and During the Olympic Games
  • The Olympic Movement
  •  Ted Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports Act 

Bill is the author of The Sports Law Book (For Coaches and Administrators) which can be purchased at the following Sites:

http://www.uslegalforms.com/us/US-00100BG.htm (E-Book)

Hardback copies may be purchased at the following Sites:




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