Sharing Stupid $H*T with Friends and Followers: The First Amendment Rights of College Athletes to Use Social Media

SMU Science and Technology Law Review, 17, 449 (2014)

40 Pages Posted: 21 Nov 2015

Date Written: 2014

Abstract

This paper takes a closer look at the First Amendment rights of college athletes to access social media while simultaneously participating in intercollegiate athletics. The question posed is quite simple: can a coach or athletic department at a public university legally restrict a student-athlete's use of social media? If so, does the First Amendment provide any restraints on the type or length of restrictions that can be imposed? Thus far, neither question has been presented to a court for resolution. However, the answers are vital, as college coaches and athletic directors seek to regulate their athletes in a constitutional manner.

Keywords: First Amendment, Constitutional Law, Social Media, College Athletes

JEL Classification: K19, K39

Suggested Citation

Penrose, Meg Mary Margaret, Sharing Stupid $H*T with Friends and Followers: The First Amendment Rights of College Athletes to Use Social Media (2014). SMU Science and Technology Law Review, 17, 449 (2014) . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2693359

Meg Mary Margaret Penrose (Contact Author)

Texas A&M University School of Law ( email )

1515 Commerce St.
Fort Worth, TX 76102
United States

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