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    Law, economics and morality of professional sports leagues, focusing on the antitrust (competition law) and contractual issues surrounding professional sport as well as the ethical problems facing sport's governing authorities.

    Sports Law is wide and draws upon most areas of the law. Selected topics usually include: salary caps and other competitive balance mechanisms, player mobility disputes, restraint of trade, combatting corruption (performance-enhancing drugs, match fixing), judicial review of sporting bodies and the ethics of public funding or subsidisation of sport.

    About this paper

    Paper title Law and the Sports Industry
    Subject Law
    EFTS 0.1
    Points 15 points
    Teaching period Not offered in 2023 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $710.30
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    LAWS 202
    Pre or Corequisite
    Any 200-level LAWS paper not already passed
    Limited to
    LLB, LLB(Hons)
    May not be credited together with LAWS485 passed in 2014-2015.
    Teaching staff
    Professor Rex Ahdar

    Course readings via eReserve.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete this paper will acquire a detailed understanding of the law, economics and morality of professional sports leagues.


    Not offered in 2023

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
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