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Are The Green Bay Packers Socialists?, Matthew J. Parlow, Anne-Louise Mittal Dec 2014

Are The Green Bay Packers Socialists?, Matthew J. Parlow, Anne-Louise Mittal

Matthew Parlow

The Green Bay Packers are an oft-misunderstood organization — not in the decisions that the Packers make, but in their legal status and structure. Scholars, commentators, and even the general public refer to the Packers as “community-owned.” While this characterization is true — to a degree — the specifics of this unique ownership structure in professional sports have never been comprehensively documented and analyzed. Perhaps this is the reason that some political pundits have termed the Packers “socialists.” However, such commentators also seem to not fully appreciate the historical development, and contemporary understanding, of this social, economic, and political ideology. This confluence of ...


The Nba And The Great Recession: Implications For The Upcoming Collective Bargaining Agreement Renegotiation, Matthew J. Parlow Dec 2014

The Nba And The Great Recession: Implications For The Upcoming Collective Bargaining Agreement Renegotiation, Matthew J. Parlow

Matthew Parlow

Like most businesses, the National Basketball Association (NBA) has suffered significant negative impacts from the Great Recession. The league's drop in revenue exposed distinct flaws in the NBA's current business model and in the terms of employment for NBA players. Due to the precarious economic state of the NBA, the league anticipates a contentious, but necessary, renegotiation of the NBA's collective bargaining agreement (CBA), which will expire at the end of the 2010-11 season. This article will analyze the effects of the Great Recession on the NBA and the likely implications for the renegotiation of the CBA ...


Lessons From The Nba Lockout: Union Democracy, Public Support, And The Folly Of The National Basketball Players Association, Matthew J. Parlow Dec 2013

Lessons From The Nba Lockout: Union Democracy, Public Support, And The Folly Of The National Basketball Players Association, Matthew J. Parlow

Matthew Parlow

By most accounts, the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) — the union representing the players in the NBA — conceded a significant amount of money and other contractual terms in the new ten-year collective bargaining agreement (2011 Agreement) that ended the 2011 NBA lockout. Player concessions were predictable because the NBA’s economic structure desperately needed an overhaul. The magnitude of such concessions, however, was startling. The substantial changes in the division of basketball-related income, contract lengths and amounts, salary cap provisions, and revenue sharing rendered the NBA lockout — and the resulting 2011 Agreement — a near-complete victory for the owners. Several interpretations ...


The Potential Unintended Consequences Of The O'Bannon Decision, Matthew J. Parlow Dec 2013

The Potential Unintended Consequences Of The O'Bannon Decision, Matthew J. Parlow

Matthew Parlow

The O’Bannon decision made a significant change to one of the philosophical pillars of intercollegiate athletics in allowing for greater compensation for student athletes. At the same time, the court took only an incremental step in the direction of pay for college athletes: The decision was limited to football and men’s basketball players — as opposed to non-revenue-generating sports — and it set a yearly cap of $5,000 for each of these athletes. However, the court left open the possibility for — indeed, it almost seemed to invite — future challenges to the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s restrictions on student-athlete ...


Issues Players Face With The Collective Bargaining Process, Matthew J. Parlow Dec 2011

Issues Players Face With The Collective Bargaining Process, Matthew J. Parlow

Matthew Parlow

This presentation was originally delivered at the DePaul Journal of Sports Law & Contemporary Problems 2012 Symposium.


Professional Sports League Commissioners' Authority And Collective Bargaining, Matthew J. Parlow Dec 2009

Professional Sports League Commissioners' Authority And Collective Bargaining, Matthew J. Parlow

Matthew Parlow

With the National Basketball Association (NBA) and National Football League (NFL) collective bargaining agreements set to expire within the next two years, many experts are already predicting what changes may be made to both leagues’ governing labor documents. One likely point of contention between the owners and the players’ unions — though rarely discussed in the experts’ predictive discourse — is the power of the respective league commissioners to punish or discipline wayward players for misbehavior committed off of the court or field. This article will analyze this area of sports law by exploring this power of each league’s sports commissioner ...


Off-Court Misbehavior: Sports Leagues And Private Punishment, Matthew J. Parlow, Janine Young Kim Dec 2008

Off-Court Misbehavior: Sports Leagues And Private Punishment, Matthew J. Parlow, Janine Young Kim

Matthew Parlow

This article examines how professional sports leagues address (apparently increasing) criminal activity by players off of the field or court. It analyzes the power of professional sports leagues and, in particular, the commissioners of those leagues, to discipline wayward athletes. Such discipline is often met with great controversy - from players’ unions and commentators alike - especially when a commissioner invokes the “in the best interest of the sport” clause of the professional sports league’s constitution and bylaws. The article then contextualizes such league discipline in criminal punishment theory - juxtaposing punishment norms in public law with incentives and rationales for discipline ...


Publicly Financed Sports Facilities: Are They Economically Justifiable? A Case Study Of The Los Angeles Staples Center, Matthew J. Parlow Dec 2001

Publicly Financed Sports Facilities: Are They Economically Justifiable? A Case Study Of The Los Angeles Staples Center, Matthew J. Parlow

Matthew Parlow

The last twenty years have seen an unprecedented growth in the number of new sports facilities for professional sports teams. This incidence has been matched by an equally extraordinary trend of state and local governments providing public financing to help build such facilities. This article analyzes this burgeoning area of urban economic redevelopment and attempts to answer the controversial question of whether the public financing of new sports facilities is economically justifiable. The article dissects the real estate and financial deals between state and local governments and the professional sports teams and developers, and critiques the alleged benefits that advocates ...