Dispute Resolution in Professional Athletics: 'Re-Integrative Shaming' and 'The Best Interest of the Sport'

12 Pages Posted: 13 Oct 2017 Last revised: 2 Nov 2017

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Benjamin Wilson

Pepperdine University - School of Law

Date Written: October 13, 2017

Abstract

Athletic leagues are too often branded as criminal hotbeds, causing both leagues and players to suffer from the consequences of this misconception. Leagues, clubs, and athletes can overcome this stigma by introducing the principles of restorative justice into their dispute management and resolution systems. Individuals who engage in restorative practices, such as victim-offender mediation, circles, and conferences, witness significant advancements in the nuance of their ability to empathize. Moreover, by aligning the best interests of each party to the dispute (athlete, club, league, and community), the perception of athletics, as a whole, improves.

Keywords: Athletes, Sports, Professional Sports, Athletics Leagues, Sports Leagues, NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, Joe Beimel, Los Angeles Dodgers, Restorative Justice, Restorative Practices, Dispute Resolution, Sports Dispute Resolution, Victim-offender mediation, Circles, Community-of-harm, Re-integrative Shaming

Suggested Citation

Wilson, Benjamin, Dispute Resolution in Professional Athletics: 'Re-Integrative Shaming' and 'The Best Interest of the Sport' (October 13, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3052109 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3052109

Benjamin Wilson (Contact Author)

Pepperdine University - School of Law ( email )

24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263
United States

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