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2011

Boston College Law School Faculty Papers

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Sports Merchandising, Publicity Rights, And The Missing Role Of The Sports Fan, Joseph P. Liu Mar 2011

Sports Merchandising, Publicity Rights, And The Missing Role Of The Sports Fan, Joseph P. Liu

Boston College Law School Faculty Papers

Sports fans play a tremendously important role in the success and popularity of sports teams and the enterprise of sports in general. It is somewhat curious, then, that fan interests are almost entirely missing from discussions about certain important legal issues that have a direct impact on them. Specifically, fan interests play a surprisingly limited role in discussions about sports team merchandising and player rights of publicity. This Article argues that modern sports licensing practices are coming into increasing conflict with the interests of sports fans, and that the law should take greater account of such interests. This Article starts ...


Early Scholarship Offers And The Ncaa, Alfred C. Yen Mar 2011

Early Scholarship Offers And The Ncaa, Alfred C. Yen

Boston College Law School Faculty Papers

Over the last few years, many NCAA Division 1 universities have begun offering athletic scholarships to progressively younger student-athletes. To its credit, the NCAA has begun considering rules that would prohibit the practice until a recruit’s junior year. This Article studies the problem of early recruiting and concludes that the NCAA’s proposed legislation will probably do little to change existing practice. While publicly-known informal scholarship offers may become scarce, clandestine understandings will probably rise, quite probably in ways that increase pressure on recruits while giving them even less certainty about the decisions they make. This will happen because ...