The article considers whether the field of "Sports Law" is a separate legal field or merely a subfield of other established legal fields (e.g., criminal law, contracts, etc.) In so doing, it considers causes us to consider a legal area of inquiry "a field." It begins with offering an historical overview of the development of "Sports Law" and considers whether the course of study is properly described as “Sports Law” or “Sports and the Law?” It provides reasons in support of embracing the study of sports law in the law school curriculum and suggests in a final section that Sports Law is emerging as a distinct field of its own.
GW Paper Series
GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2013-128; GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 2013-128
W. Burlette Carter, Introduction: What Makes a Field a Field, 1 VA. J. SPORTS & L. 235 (1999).