Religion and Sports in the Undergraduate Classroom: A Surefire Way to Spark Student Interest

Southern Law Journal, Vol. 21, No. 1, pp. 133-149, 2011

15 Pages Posted: 24 Feb 2011 Last revised: 11 Mar 2013

Adam Epstein

Central Michigan University - Department of Finance and Law

Date Written: February 22, 2011

Abstract

The purpose of this pedagogical piece is to present an opportunity to discuss religion in the context of sports as a means of generating classroom discussion and prompting extra-curricular reading on topics pertaining to business law primarily at the undergraduate level. A discussion of religion and sports provides one avenue to pursue exploration of the free exercise and establishment clauses. Examples are provided in the intercollegiate, interscholastic and professional sport contexts. The article also provides a brief primer on the First Amendment generally, outlining some of the classic Supreme Court cases. The article then discusses a series of cases involving the interface between religion and sports. As the piece demonstrates, many questions remain unanswered, and changing views and perceptions related to religious tolerance continue to present challenges for communities and the courts.

Keywords: Religion, Sports Law, First Amendment, Free Exercise Clause, Establishment Clause, Interscholastic Sport, Intercollegiate Sport

Suggested Citation

Epstein, Adam, Religion and Sports in the Undergraduate Classroom: A Surefire Way to Spark Student Interest (February 22, 2011). Southern Law Journal, Vol. 21, No. 1, pp. 133-149, 2011 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1767562

Adam Epstein (Contact Author)

Central Michigan University - Department of Finance and Law ( email )

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