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In Defense of Sports Antitrust Law: A Response to Law Review Articles Calling for the Administrative Regulation of Commercial Sports

18 Pages Posted: 5 Oct 2015  

Marc Edelman

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

Date Written: October 3, 2015

Abstract

In recent years, two law review articles have proposed that the United States regulate commercial sports through a direct federal commission, rather than through traditional antitrust remedies. Nevertheless, the practical realities of commercial sports’ power to influence government policy offset the many theoretical advantages to creating a specialized regulatory body to oversee commercial sports. The commercial sports industry already possesses an extraordinarily strong lobbying arm that has successfully lobbied for special legislation, such as the Sports Broadcasting Act of 1961 and the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992. If commercial sports ever were to become administratively regulated, sports leagues would likely be able to use their lobbying power to obtain even greater concessions under U.S. law. Consequently, this Article argues that, albeit imperfect, antitrust law remains the most practical way to regulate commercial sports leagues.

Keywords: sports law, antitrust, antitrust law, sports antitrust, NCAA, amateurism, regulating sports, Sherman Act, collusion

JEL Classification: K10, K21, K20, K23, L12, L13, L40, L44, L49, L50, L83

Suggested Citation

Edelman, Marc, In Defense of Sports Antitrust Law: A Response to Law Review Articles Calling for the Administrative Regulation of Commercial Sports (October 3, 2015). Washington and Lee Law Review, Vol. 72, No. 1, 2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2669004

Marc Edelman (Contact Author)

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

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Fordham University School of Law ( email )

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