Mitchell Nathanson received his B.A. from Tulane University and his J.D. from the
Georgetown University Law Center where he was an Editor for the Georgetown Immigration
Law Journal. Before coming to Villanova in 2001, he spent three years in the Healthcare
Group at White & Williams and seven in the Environmental Coverage Group at ACE USA
(formerly known as CIGNA Property & Casualty Co.) 

Professor Nathanson teaches Legal Analysis, Writing and Oral Advocacy. His scholarly
interests focus on legal writing, health care law, sports law and baseball history. His
article, "The Irrelevance of Baseball's Antitrust Exemption: A Historical
Review," won the 2006 McFarland-SABR Award which is presented in recognition of the
best historical or biographical baseball articles of the year. His first book, "The
Fall of the 1977 Phillies: How a Baseball Team's Collapse Sank a City's
Spirit" was published by McFarland in 2008 and his next, "A People's
History of Baseball" (University of Illinois Press), was published in March, 2012.
His most recent article, "Who Exempted Baseball, Anyway: The Curious Development of
the Antitrust Exemption That Never Was," was published in the Spring 2013 edition of
the Harvard Journal of Sports and Entertainment Law and likewise won the McFarland-SABR
Award. He is currently working on a biography of Dick Allen, scheduled to be published in
Spring, 2015 by the University of Pennsylvania Press. 

Articles

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Dick Allen's Second Act, The National Pastime (2013)

It is hard to imagine a more polarizing figure in Philadelphia sports history than Dick...

 

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Who Exempted Baseball, Anyway?: The Curious Development of the Antitrust Exemption that Never Was, Harvard Journal of Sports and Entertainment Law (2013)

This article takes a fresh look at baseball’s alleged antitrust exemption and explains why, after...

 

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TRULY SOVEREIGN AT LAST: C.B.C. DISTRIBUTION v. MLB AM AND THE REDEFINITION OF THE CONCEPT OF BASEBALL, University of Oregon law Review (2011)

This article is the second in the author’s series examining the interplay between baseball and...

 

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Major League Baseball As Enron: The True Meaning of the Mitchell Report, Outside the Lines: A Publication of the SABR Business of Baseball Committee (2008)

Although the December 13, 2007 release of the Mitchell Report received attention for the names...

 

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The Sovereign Nation of Baseball: Why Federal Law Does Not Apply to "America's Game" and How It Got That Way, Villanova Sports & Entertainment Law Journal (2008)

This article examines the relationship between Major League Baseball (MLB) and the law and discusses...

 

Books

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A People's History of Baseball (2012)

Baseball is much more than the national pastime. It has become an emblem of America...

 

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The Fall of the 1977 Phillies: How a Baseball Team's Collapse Sank a City's Spirit (2007)

Too often, the Philadelphia sports fan has been dismissed as a lout, a boorish dolt...

 

Contributions to Books

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The Tell-All Hurler: Jim Bouton and "Ball Four", Courting the Yankees: Legal Essays on the Bronx Bombers (2003)

This chapter examines whether the information released within Bouton's "Ball Four" constituted legally protectable infomation...

 

Presentations

Defining the Purpose and Parameters of Scholarship for Legal Writing Professors, The Thirteenth Biennial Conference of the Legal Writing Institute (2008)
 
The Phillies, Connie Mack Stadium, and Philadelphia’s Mid-Century Racial Identity, The Twentieth Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture (2008)
 
The Combined Ratio and the Roots of Cyclical Medical Malpractice ‘Crises’, The Temple Journal of Science, Technology & Environmental Law’s Spring 2008 Symposium on Medical Malpractice and Ethics (2008)
 
Baseball and Philadelphia, Philadelphia Ink: A Celebration of Philly Area Writers (2007)