In my several professional roles as attorney, teacher, and consultant, I meet frequently with individuals and groups active in amateur sports. Athletic administrators and others around the country have repeatedly expressed a need for a "practitioner's" book because sports law has become such an integral part of their day-to-day operation. They want to have a background on sports law before they deal with attorneys on legal issues. Even more important, they want to attempt to avoid litigation. The interest and concerns of these people motivated the writing of this book.
I started with the concept that the book should be written for those affected by sport law issues who are not necessarily lawyers, including college or high school athletic administrators or coaches, student-athletes, school board members, institutional representatives, and those involved in amateur sports organizations. There is, for example, a chapter on the court system, a glossary, and an appendix of sample forms that can be used by practitioners as starting points for developing their own forms. The major intercollegiate and interscholastic amateur sports organizations, such as the U.S. Olympic Committee and the National Collegiate Athletic Association, are described in detail. All new legal concepts and issues are discussed, as are basic tort law, contract law, trademark law, and constitutional law. Each of the chapters has been designed as a self-contained unit that can be used as a quick reference. Case citations and brief summaries of cases (rather than lengthy discussions) have been included in the notes. The notes also include law review articles, names and addresses of relevant organizations, and other information which can lead the reader to additional sources of information.
I would like to thank some of the many people who have been instrumental in assisting me with Essentials of Amateur Sports Law. First, Margaret M. Kearney, the editor, helped express the thoughts and principles in this book. In addition, she kept the project moving and made sure that legalese was eliminated. As for research and writing, I would like to thank and acknowledge the work of Professor Richard J. Ensor of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He co-