Could the New Women's Professional Soccer League Survive in America? How Adopting a Traditional Legal Structure May Save More than Just a Game

Seton Hall Sports and Entertainment Law Journal, Vol. 19, p. 283

27 Pages Posted: 11 Jun 2009

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Marc Edelman

City University of New York - Baruch College, Zicklin School of Business; Fordham University School of Law

Elizabeth Masterson

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)

Date Written: Spring 2009

Abstract

This article analyzes whether a new women’s professional soccer league, operating under a more traditional legal structure, is more likely to succeed than its centrally planned predecessor. Part I of this article explains the history of women’s soccer, including the game’s transition from a recreational to a professional activity. Part II explains the different legal structures that are available to an American sports league. Part III explains why implementing a traditional legal structure maximizes the new women’s professional soccer league’s likelihood of success.

Keywords: sports, law, sports law, antitrust, Sherman Act, Section One, soccer, women, women's soccer, single entity, Copperweld, league structure, FIFA, WUSA, women's sports, sports economics, Mia Hamm

Suggested Citation

Edelman, Marc and Masterson, Elizabeth, Could the New Women's Professional Soccer League Survive in America? How Adopting a Traditional Legal Structure May Save More than Just a Game (Spring 2009). Seton Hall Sports and Entertainment Law Journal, Vol. 19, p. 283. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1415052

Marc Edelman (Contact Author)

City University of New York - Baruch College, Zicklin School of Business ( email )

One Bernard Baruch Way
Box B9-220
New York, NY 10010
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Fordham University School of Law ( email )

140 West 62nd Street
New York, NY 10023
United States

Elizabeth Masterson

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) ( email )

Rochester, NY 14623
United States

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