Sports Law & Economics

Much of the scholarly work of sports economists would be reasonably categorised as “law & economics” type work. So recently, when our friends at the American Bar Association asked me to bring to the attention of TSE readers the ABA’s Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries and that Christine Lepera was named the new Chair of the Forum last month, I decided it would be a good excuse to provide some links of relevance to sports law associations and sources that some economists or students new to the economic study of sport might not otherwise contemplate.

Sports law associations worth joining or following in the English-speaking world include the US-based Sport Lawyers Association (SLJ). which is headed by an all-star board of legal counsel, sports industry practitioners and academic sports lawyers.  The Australia and New Zealand Sports Law Association (ANZSLA) which is holding the 21st Annual ANZSLA Conference in Queenstown, New Zealand in mid-October is also very well-regarded in a part of the sporting world that some of our readers in the northern hemisphere forget to their own peril!  The British Association for Sport and the Law is also well-regarded.

At an international level, the International Association of Sport Law (IASL) is the preeminent body, while the annual Law Accord conference, as an offshoot of the Sport Accord movement and annual Sport Accord conference is worthy of investigation.  Links to other national and international sports law organisations can be found here.

The IASL has a comprehensive list of sporting journals (across many disciplines) that anyone working in the field should be familiar with. Earlier this year, the International Platform for Sport Law Journals was launched.  It provides links to many of the leading sports law journals from around the globe, providing a summary of new useful research. Finally, our friends at the Sports Law Blog provide regular bibliographic updates of new sports law research appearing in law reviews.

5 thoughts on “Sports Law & Economics”

  1. You are leaving out the National Sports Law Institute at Marquette University which is a source of sports law knowledge and information. I have always considered the NSLI as the most intellectual of the sports law groups. Contact Paul Anderson at the NSLI for a complete description of the data base and other assets available there. [email protected], Cheers, Clark Griffith

  2. You are leaving out the most technical and intellectually advanced of the sports law groups, the National Sports Law Institute at Marquette University. Please contact Paul Anderson [email protected] for information. Cheers, Clark Griffith

  3. Thanks Clark, yes, I know the Marquette program–it, and the people there are excellent; as are programs and scholars at a good dozen or more institutions, including Melbourne.

  4. Robert,

    Another viable association is the Sports and Recreation Law Association (

    I regulary attend two sports law conferences a year in the states — the Sports Lawyers Association annual meeting and SRLA’s annual meeting. I also hit the Forum and NSLI conference every few years.

    I think the challenge with the Forum is that you might only have a dozen true sports lawyers there, with everyone else from the field of entertainment law. That said, the Forum is typically held in a place where you can take care of other business, like L.A. and NYC.

    Holt Hackney
    Editor and Publisher
    Sports Litigation Allert

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