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Michigan and Sports Law
Journal of Law, Business & Ethics (2018)
  • Adam Epstein
The purpose of this article is to offer and analyze sports law related cases, claims, and issues that have emanated from Michigan. Part I explores examples and incidents involving civil rights and discrimination. Part II addresses a variety of other areas including sports and torts, workers’ compensation, crimes, employment law and intellectual property issues, religion and how antitrust has worked its way into sports and the law in Michigan. Given the large population, coupled with professional sports teams and some of the nation’s largest and most influential colleges and universities, it is no wonder that Michigan is a leader in terms of cases and decisions involving sports and the law, particular with regard to gender and race. No doubt, the state of Michigan and its relationship to sports law has had a profound impact and influence at the national level. 
  • Michigan,
  • MHSAA,
  • sports law,
  • NCAA,
  • Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act (ELCRA),
  • Carolyn King,
  • gender discrimination,
  • Jill Lafler,
  • Title IX,
  • Communities for Equity,
  • racial discrimination,
  • disabilities,
  • Age 19 rule,
  • Eric Dompierre,
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA),
  • Limited Duty “Baseball” Rule,
  • student-athlete,
  • participation fraud,
  • Garret’s Law,
  • hazing,
  • termination,
  • employment law,
  • retaliatory discharge,
  • Native American mascot issues.
Publication Date
Winter February 25, 2018
Citation Information
Adam Epstein. "Michigan and Sports Law" Journal of Law, Business & Ethics Vol. 24 (2018) p. 1 - 50
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