William and Mary Law School

Sports and Entertainment Law

Last updated by Michael Umberger
February 2014
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BOOKS

Careers in Sports Law, Kenneth L. Shropshire, William D. Henslee and Sara Vlajcic, eds. Chicago: American Bar Association, 1990.
This book is based on questionnaire responses and interviews with members of the ABA's Forum Committee on the Entertainment and Sports Industries. Its purpose is to provide information on what sports law practice is like in order to make career and academic decisions easier for those interested in this area of law.
CAREER SERVICES KF299 .S8S5

Entertainment Law Careers, William D. Henslee, Sara Vlajcic, eds. Chicago: American Bar Association, 1998.
Part of the ABA's Career Series, this book includes a list of potential clients and describes work required by attorneys practicing in this field. Provides an overview of the substantive area of entertainment law, then discusses the areas of: music, theater, film and television. Includes a glossary, bibliography, list of trade publications and industry organizations, career planning guide, and law firms listing entertainment law as a specialty in Martindale-Hubbell.
CAREER SERVICES KF299 .E58H4

Entertainment Law for the General Practitioner, H. Lee Hetherington, X.M. Frascogna Jr., Shawnassey B. Howell. Chicago: American Bar Association, 2011.

Covers areas of law particularly relevant to entertainment law practice, such as contracts, copyright, and trademark.

Entertainment, Publishing and the Arts Handbook, New York: Clark Boardman Co., 1983 - .
Annual publication providing practical articles specifically for practitioners by experts in entertainment, publishing and the arts. Topics include copyright, privacy, entertainment and business, motion pictures, and television. Articles cover such issues as negotiating contracts, financial aspects of agreements and syndication rights. Each annual issue is individually edited.
KF4290 .A75E57

How to Build and Manage an Entertainment Law Practice, Greenberg, Gary. Chicago: American Bar Association, 2001.

Focuses on issues related to running an entertainment law practice as a business. Includes sample contracts.
KF299.E57G74 2001

Music Law for the General Practitioner, Leavens, Thomas R. Chicago: American Bar Association, 2013. 

Covers the business and legal topics that are likely to be encountered when representing a musical talent, producer, or consumer.
KF4291 .L43 2013

WEB RESOURCES

Sports Law Blog: http://sports-law.blogspot.com

Sports Law Research Website: https://law.marquette.edu/national-sports-law-institute/sports-law-research-website

Sports Law Overview: http://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/sports_law

JOURNAL ARTICLES

Abdo, Kenneth J., "The Economics of Developing and Maintaining an Entertainment Law Practice", 22 Ent. & Sports Law. 2 (2004).

Bogad, Melissa S., "Maybe Jerry Maguire Should Have Stuck with Law School: How the Sports Agent Responsibility and Trust Act Implements Lawyer-Like Rules for Sports Agents", 27 Cardozo L. Rev. 1889 (2006).

Davis, Timothy, "What is Sports Law?", 11 Marq. Sports L. Rev. 211 (Spring 2001).

Francis, Matthew, "'Dude, Let's Start a Band!': A Guide to Representing Young Musicians", 8 Nev. Law 20 (Feb. 2000).

Finnemore, Melody, "The Sporting World: Broad Range of Legal Issues, Practice Areas Ignite Interest in Sports Law", Oregon State Bar Bulletin, (Oct. 2010).

Martin, James W., "Forming a Small Music Business: The Who Meets the Whys and Wherefores", 48 Prac. Law. 11 (March 2002)

SELECTED JOURNALS

There are numerous law journals devoted to the practice of sports and entertainment law. Those listed are a representative selection of titles available in the law library.

CARDOZO ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT LAW JOURNAL
1982 - present.
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ENTERTAINMENT AND SPORTS LAWYER
1982 - present.
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FORDHAM INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, MEDIA, AND ENTERTAINMENT LAW JOURNAL
1993 - present.
Westlaw
Lexis
Hein Online

HASTINGS COMMUNICATIONS & ENTERTAINMENT LAW JOURNAL (COMM/ENT)
1977 - present.
Westlaw
Lexis
Hein Online

MARQUETTE SPORTS LAW REVIEW
1990 - present.
Westlaw
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Hein Online

SETON HALL JOURNAL OF SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT LAW
1991 - present.
Westlaw
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Hein Online

SPORTS LAWYERS JOURNAL
1994 - present.
Westlaw
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Hein Online

TEXAS REVIEW OF ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS LAW

2000-present

Westlaw

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UCLA ENTERTAINMENT LAW REVIEW
1994 - present.
Westlaw
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Hein Online

VILLANOVA SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT LAW JOURNAL
1996 - present.
Westlaw
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Hein Online

VIRGINIA SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT LAW JOURNAL
2001- present.
Westlaw
Hein Online

ORGANIZATIONS

Most of the following organizations sponsor seminars or conferences on relevant topics. Contact them for information concerning upcoming conferences.

ABA Forum Committee on the Entertainment and Sports Industries
ABA Service Center
321 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60610
tel: 800-285-2221
website: http://www.americanbar.org/groups/entertainment_sports.html

Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association
website: http://www.besla.org

International Association of Entertainment Lawyers
website: http://www.iael.org

Sports Lawyers Assn. (SLA)
12100 Sunset Hills Rd., Suite 130
Reston, VA 20190
tel: (703) 437-4377
email: sla@sportslaw.org
website: http://www.sportslaw.org

Other organizations may be found using:
Encyclopedia of Associations.  Detroit, MI: Gale Research Co., 1961-
Covers more than 100,000 nonprofit membership associations worldwide.  Available on Lexis.

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