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Professor Rod Smith Publishes New Sports Law Text

November 30, 2012

Rod Smith Sports Law Book
Professor Rodney Smith

The latest book co-authored by TJSL’s Distinguished Professor of Law Rod Smith, Sports Law: Governance and Regulation, (Aspen) has been published. The co-authors are Matthew Mitten, Timothy Davis, Kenneth Shropshire and Barbara Osborne

“Given the success of our Sports Law text in the law school world, Aspen, our publisher, asked us to prepare a text for undergraduate and graduate use,” said Professor Smith. “Sports law is a subject that is being examined in business and sports administration programs across the country and internationally. We believe our book, which examines law and policy, with a problem-oriented approach, will provide that growing market with a text that covers the material in a manner responsive to the growing sports industry in the 21st century.”

According to Aspen’s website: “Career choices in sports law are divided into two broad categories: professional (sports business management) and amateur (sports coaching and administration). Sports Law: Governance and Regulation, adapted from the authors’ top law school text, addresses both roles: professional issues of contracts, torts, agency, labor/employment law, health and safety, and intellectual property rights for marketing as well as amateur issues such as sports regulation in high school, college and Olympic levels, and gender/racial equality. The authoritative author team has carefully edited and adapted their successful casebook to fit the needs of undergraduate and graduate sport management students. Their wealth of sports law experience provides interesting and insightful cases, examples and problems to help students with legal issues they will face in their careers. Terms and legal vocabulary are called out in body of the text and immediately defined for better comprehension.

Professor Smith is the director and founder of TJSL’s Center for Sports Law and Policy. He teaches Amateur Sports Law and Contracts, among other courses.