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AMATEUR SPORTS LAW. Sarah Hall. INTRODUCTION. WHY AMATEUR SPORTS? . Have you ever wondered why Jeremy Bloom was not allowed to play football at CU anymore? Ever wondered why professional basketball players can play in the Olympics, but other athletes must be amateurs?

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why amateur sports
WHY AMATEUR SPORTS?
  • Have you ever wondered why Jeremy Bloom was not allowed to play football at CU anymore?
  • Ever wondered why professional basketball players can play in the Olympics, but other athletes must be amateurs?
  • Wonder why only some members of the U.S. Women’s Ice Hockey team were on the front of Wheaties when they won gold?
  • Why Paul Hamm had to go to trial?
the answers
THE ANSWERS…

Well, not exactly…

  • But here are some ways to find the answers to these questions and many more…
search terms
SEARCH TERMS
  • Amateur Sports
  • NCAA
  • USOC or United States Olympic Committee
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Olympics
primary sources

PRIMARY SOURCES

“THE LAW”

key numbers
KEY NUMBERS
  • Key Numbers:
    • Numerical system in West that can help you narrow your search
sports as entertainment
SPORTS AS ENTERTAINMENT
  • Key #376:THEATERS AND SHOWS
    • k3.60: Athletic contests and activities in general
    • K6: Liabilities for injuries to persons attending
charity athelitc associations
CHARITY ATHELITC ASSOCIATIONS
  • Key #75: Charities
    • 75II: Construction, Administration, and Enforcement
    • 75k45: Rights, Duties, and Liabilities of Charitable Societies and Trustees
associations
ASSOCIATIONS
  • Key #41K1: Nature and Status in General.
    • When and whom you can sue regarding an unfavorable decision from a voluntary association.
university athletics
UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS
  • Key #81: Colleges and Universities
    • 81k9: Students
    • 81k9.45: Extracurricular Activities
    • 81k9.45(3)k. Athletics.
negligence
NEGLIGENCE
  • 272: Negligence
    • 272X: Sports, Games and Recreation
statutes

STATUTES

WHAT CONGRESS IS ACTUALLY UP TO?!

federal statutes
FEDERAL STATUTES
  • 28 U.S.C.A. § 3701: Definitions
  • 28 U.S.C.A. § 3702: Unlawful Sports Gambling
  • 28 U.S.C.A. § 3703: Injunctions
  • 28 U.S.C.A. § 3704: Applicability
federal statutes ii maybe they do earn their
FEDERAL STATUTES II (maybe they do earn their $$)
  • 36 U.S.C.A. § 22050:
    • Creates the “Ted Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports Act” as well as the United States Olympic Committee (USOC)
  • www.usoc.org
the united states olympic committee
THE UNITED STATES OLYMPIC COMMITTEE
  • 220503: Purposes of the Amateur Sports Act
  • 220504: Membership in the USOC
  • 220505: Powers
  • 220506: Exclusive right to name, seals, emblems, and badges
  • 220509: Resolution of Disputes
more usoc statutes
220521: Creation of National Governing Bodies

220522: Eligibility Requirements

220523: Authority of National Governing Bodies

20524: General Duties of National Governing Bodies

220525: Sanctions for Amateur Athletic Competitions

220526: Restricted Amateur Athletic Competitions

220527: Complaints against National Governing Bodies

220528: Applications to Replace an Incumbent National Governing Body

MORE USOC STATUTES
state statutes
STATE STATUTES
  • C.R.S.A. § 39-3-108: Tax exemption for land used solely for charitable purpose (including amateur sports)
  • C.R.S.A. § 23-16-101 et. seq.: Agents and college athletes
administrative materials
ADMINISTRATIVE MATERIALS
  • Federal Regulations:
    • There is no specific administrative regulation on point.
    • There was one regulation having to do with how if you are a non-profit you can cook your chicken at a lower temperature 
administrative materials20
ADMINISTRATIVE MATERIALS
  • State Regulations:
    • http://www.dora.state.co.us/
      • Nothing specific on topic, but here are the closest things:
        • Boxing
        • Hunting
    • http://colorado.gov/
      • No agency within the CO system is on point.
      • Agencies dealing with universities, and gaming are the closest things.
conclusion
CONCLUSION
  • Almost all of us have been involved in amateur sports at one level or another.
  • Hopefully this presentation gave you an idea of what bodies make those rules, and how to learn more about them.