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Catalyzing Fans, Howard Wasserman, Dan Markel, Michael Mccann Feb 2016

Catalyzing Fans, Howard Wasserman, Dan Markel, Michael Mccann

Howard M Wasserman

This paper proposes the development of Fan Action Committees (“FACs”), which, like their political counterpart ("PACs"), could mobilize and empower fans to play a larger role in the decision-making associated with which “production teams” the talent will work. We outline two institutional options: FACs could directly compensate talent by crowdfunding, or they could make donations to charities favored by talent. We then discuss both obstacles and objections from a variety of policy and legal perspectives ranging from competitive balance to distributive justice. Finally, we consider possible extensions of the FAC model as well as offer some ruminations on why FACs ...


Football And The Infield Fly Rule, Howard M. Wasserman Feb 2015

Football And The Infield Fly Rule, Howard M. Wasserman

Howard M Wasserman

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The Economics Of The Infield Fly Rule, Howard M. Wasserman Feb 2015

The Economics Of The Infield Fly Rule, Howard M. Wasserman

Howard M Wasserman

No sports rule has generated as much legal scholarship as baseball's Infield Fly Rule. Interestingly, however, no one has explained or defended the rule on its own terms as part of the internal rules and institutional structure of baseball as a game. This Article takes on that issue, explaining both why baseball should have the Infield Fly Rule and why a similar rule is not necessary or appropriate in seemingly comparable, but actually quite different, baseball situations., The answer lies in the dramatic cost-benefit disparities present in the infield fly and absent in most other game situations. The-infield fly ...