Legal issues related to sports revolve around a number of areas of law, ranging from contracts to torts to intellectual property and others, so secondary sources are often the best place to begin when researching a sports law question. These secondary sources will point researchers to relevant statutory and case law.
For more guidance on researching specific legal topics involved in sports law -- such as contract law, tort law, trademark law, etc. -- refer to our other research guides covering these particular topics. See also the list of "Other Relevant Research Guides" on the right-hand side of this page.
For international sports law research, please refer to our Olympics & International Sports Law Research Guide.
It is often recommended that researchers consult treatises early in their research, as they can provide an in-depth overview and analysis of a topical area of law.
Some useful texts and treatises dealing with Sports Law include:
You may also find our Entertainment, Art, & Sports Law Treatise Finder useful.
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