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Sports and the Law: Using Court Cases to Teach Sports Economics


  • Victor Matheson

    () (Department of Economics, College of the Holy Cross)


The purpose of this paper is two-fold. First, it lays forth a rationale for the use of court cases in teaching a sports economics class. Second, it provides an overview of the most important cases related to sports economics. Court classes allow students to develop critical reading and reasoning skills while allowing the instructor to present readings outside the standard textbook that are accessible to most undergraduates. A sports economics course with a focus on legal issues also broadens the course to fit better within a liberal arts education rather than being a narrow speciality field.

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  • Victor Matheson, 2007. "Sports and the Law: Using Court Cases to Teach Sports Economics," Working Papers 0706, College of the Holy Cross, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:hcx:wpaper:0706

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    1. Robert A. Baade & Robert Baumann & Victor A. Matheson, 2008. "Selling the Game: Estimating the Economic Impact of Professional Sports through Taxable Sales," Southern Economic Journal, Southern Economic Association, vol. 74(3), pages 794-810, January.
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    sports; court cases; legal economics;

    JEL classification:

    • L83 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Sports; Gambling; Restaurants; Recreation; Tourism
    • K21 - Law and Economics - - Regulation and Business Law - - - Antitrust Law
    • K31 - Law and Economics - - Other Substantive Areas of Law - - - Labor Law
    • K40 - Law and Economics - - Legal Procedure, the Legal System, and Illegal Behavior - - - General

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