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2009

Matthew Parlow

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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 ...