Free Speech, Football, and Freedom: Why the NFL Should Not Compel its Players to Speak to the Media
Texas Review of Entertainment & Sports Law, Vol. 16, No. 1, 2014
9 Pages Posted: 14 Jul 2014 Last revised: 30 Apr 2015
Date Written: April 22, 2014
How much power should a professional sports league such as the NFL have in abrogating its players’ constitutional rights? I argue that because the NFL is a state actor under the state action doctrine, specifically, the entanglement and entwinement exception, it violates its players’ due process and First Amendment rights to freedom of speech through the NFL Media Policy which requires its players to speak to the media. Recently, it can and has violated Marshawn Lynch’s due process by infringing on his constitutional right not to speak under the First Amendment’s freedom of speech protection.
Keywords: Constitutional Law, Freedom of Speech, Sports Law
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