News and information useful to Cleveland-Marshall College of Law students, faculty and staff.


Representing the Professional Athlete: Free Online Course

sports lawPeter A. Carfagna, executive in residence at Cleveland Marshall College of Law is teaching a free online course titled Representing the Professional Athlete. The course is on Coursera and is 6 weeks long. Professor Carfagna is one of the Directors for Cleveland-Marshall’s Great Lakes Sports & Entertainment Law Academy.

If you are interested in sports law be sure to also check out our fantastic Sports Law Research Guide.

On-the-Spot Justice at the Winter Games in Sochi

If you’re in a post-Winter Olympics slump, consider this – the Summer Games in Rio are just 892 days away.

That’s plenty of time for the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), an international body established to decide sport-related disputes, to gear up again for Olympic action and travel. During each Olympic Games since 1996, CAS has set up an on-the-spot ad hoc Division devoted to fast justice at Olympic venues.

In Sochi, the CAS ad hoc Division saw some action on the slopes. Representatives of Canada and Slovenia registered two urgent actions, requesting the disqualification of the three French skiers who swept the podium in Men’s Ski Cross. Canada and Slovenia claimed that a last-minute alteration of the lower legs of the suits worn by the French skiers ran afoul of the International Freestyle Skiing Competition Rules.

In an arbitration heard that night, the CAS ad hoc Division determined that the suit alterations were legal, and the Frenchmen claimed their medals without further controversy.

Sports in the Law

As you gear up to watch the Opening Ceremony at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, keep in mind that we offer plenty of resources and learning opportunities if you’re interested in sports and entertainment law–

  • The Great Lakes Sports and Entertainment Law Academy is accepting applications for this year’s program. Apply by May 1, 2014. Details here.
  • Get started researching with our Sports Law Guide. It leads you to books, journal articles, legislation, regulations and cases, and up-to-date legal blogs.

Sports Law Writing Competition

With many of our students involved in the Great Lakes Sports and Entertainment Law Academy, here’s a writing competition that might be fun and interesting. Marquette University Law School is sponsoring the 2014 National Sports Law Student Writing Competition. The winner will receive a complimentary registration to the fall National Sports Law Institute annual meeting and an offer to have their article published in Marquette Sports Law Review. The deadline for entries is June 27, 2014.

Cost-Benefit Analysis of the Infield Fly Rule

Opening Day is right around the corner. Time to examine one of baseball’s trickier and more controversial rules—the infield fly rule—from an economic perspective. This is what Florida International University professor Howard M. Wasserman does in his forthcoming article The Economics of the Infield Fly Rule, which will appear in the Utah Law Review.  Cost-benefit analysis is employed in legal theory to examine everything from torts to healthcare to environmental protection, and it generally takes more than ‘ordinary effort’ to understand the concept.  At least Wasserman’s article applies the theory to a pleasant topic. The author posits that lessons learned from the rules of baseball (and other sports) can be applied to legal procedural rules. You can read an abstract of the article, and download a draft of it from SSRN.