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Off-Court Misbehavior: Sports Leagues and Private Punishment


Janine Young Kim


Marquette University - Law School

Matthew J. Parlow


Marquette University Law School

August 6, 2009

Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, Forthcoming
Marquette Law School Legal Studies Paper No. 09-29

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This Essay examines how professional sports leagues address (apparently increasing) criminal activity by players off of the field or court. It analyzes the power of professional sports leagues and, in particular, the commissioners of those leagues, to discipline wayward athletes. Such discipline is often met with great controversy - from players’ unions and commentators alike - especially when a commissioner invokes the “in the best interest of the sport” clause of the professional sports league’s constitution and bylaws. The Essay then contextualizes such league discipline in criminal punishment theory - juxtaposing punishment norms in public law with incentives and rationales for discipline in professional sports - and analyzes the legal and cultural limitations to this approach.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 26

Keywords: professional sports, criminal, leagues, athletes, punishment theory

JEL Classification: K14, K19, K29, K42

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Date posted: August 8, 2009 ; Last revised: December 19, 2010

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Kim, Janine Young and Parlow, Matthew J., Off-Court Misbehavior: Sports Leagues and Private Punishment (August 6, 2009). Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, Forthcoming; Marquette Law School Legal Studies Paper No. 09-29. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1444983

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Janine Young Kim
Marquette University - Law School ( email )
Eckstein Hall
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201
United States
Matthew J. Parlow (Contact Author)
Marquette University Law School ( email )
Eckstein Hall
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201
United States
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