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

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Sohil Shah

Emory University School of Law

Date Written: April 22, 2014

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Shah, Sohil, Free Speech, Football, and Freedom: Why the NFL Should Not Compel its Players to Speak to the Media (April 22, 2014). Texas Review of Entertainment & Sports Law, Vol. 16, No. 1, 2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2464373

Sohil Shah (Contact Author)

Emory University School of Law ( email )

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