Torts and Sports: Legal Liability in Professional and Amateur Athletics

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Preface

In writing this book I have managed to combine business with pleasure. By trade, I am a happily employed torts professor. For fun, I play sports, watch sports, and talk sports. Applying tort law principles to sports activities is therefore a rather natural preoccupation. Almost everywhere I am, torts are lurking about, begging to be litigated. So torts in sports is what I often see.

I feel confident that there are others out there who would be interested in sharing my admittedly peculiar reality. I anticipate an audience of lawyer-jocks, or jock-lawyers, as the case may be. For this audience, my book will be worthwhile. Tort law principles are reviewed in the most palatable of contexts. I have endeavored to keep these reviews crisp, accurate, and understandable--the short summary lecture your law professors rarely delivered. The application of the principles to sports cases is akin to a misdirection play. By the time you're finished reading the book, you will have thoroughly reviewed tort law without even knowing it. You will have also added to your own sports- torts collection. The news-grabbing cases like Dale Hackbart v. "Boobie" Clark, Rudy Tomjanovich v. The Los Angeles Lakers, and Bill Walton v. Dr. Cook are examined, along with the somewhat obscure but fascinating cases like Virgil v. Time, Inc. or Spahn v. Julian Messner, Inc.

The book is also designed for use in the classroom. Teachers in the area of sports and law will find the book to be a suitable text to cover material in the general area of civil liability. I also think that sports administrators will find the book to be a useful guide for avoiding tort liability.

I have struggled to make the book readable. I say "struggled" because readability appears to not have a high value in traditional legal

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