Leveling the Playing Field: How the Law Can Make Sports Better for Fans
By: Paul C. Weiler (author)Paperback
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The world of sports seems entwined with lawsuits. This is so, Paul Weiler explains, because of two characteristics intrinsic to all competitive sports. First, sporting contests lose their drama if the competition becomes too lopsided. Second, the winning athletes and teams usually take the "lion's share" of both fan attention and spending. So interest in second-rate teams and in second-rate leagues rapidly wanes, leaving one dominant league with monopoly power. The ideal of evenly balanced sporting contests is continually challenged by economic, social, and technological forces. Consequently, Weiler argues, the law is essential to level the playing field for players, owners, and ultimately fans and taxpayers. For example, he shows why players' use of performance-enhancing drugs, even legal ones, should be treated as a more serious offence than, say, use of cocaine. He also explains why proposals to break up dominant leagues and create new ones will not work, and thus why both union representation of players and legal protection for fans - and taxpayers - are necessary.
Using well-known incidents - and supplying little-known facts - the author analyses a wide array of moral and economic issues that arise in all competitive sports. He tells us, for example, how Commissioner Bud Selig should respond to Pete Rose's quest for admission to the Hall of Fame; what kind of settlement will allow baseball players and owners to avoid a replay of their past labour battles; and how our political leaders should address the recent wave of taxpayer-built stadiums.
Paul Weiler is the Henry J. Friendly Professor of Law at Harvard University.
Prologue: Sports on Trial PART 1: THE INTEGRITY OF SPORTS 1. Misconduct on the Field 2. Honoring Civil Rights in Sports 3. The Deadliest Sin in Sports 4. The Sports War on Drugs 5. Athletes as Role Models 6. The Moral Ideal for American Sports PART 2: OWNERS VERSUS PLAYERS 7. Show Us the Money 8. Sports Joins the Union 9. Opening the Flood-Gates 10. What Antitrust Did for Players 11. How to Level the Player Field 12. Salary Sharing among Players PART 3: OWNERS VERSUS OWNERS--AND FANS/B> 13. The Brave New World of Franchise Free Agency 14. How Far Have We Traveled? 15. What the Law Should Do with Raiders 16. Stadium Socialism or a Stadium Cap? 17. Sports in Intellectual Space 18. What Should Leagues Be Like? 19. Expand or Break Up the Big Leagues? 20. A Better World for Fans Epilogue: A Performance--Enhancing Law for Sports Acknowledgments Index
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