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Off-Court Misbehavior: Sports Leagues and Private Punishment
The Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology (2009)
  • Matthew J. Parlow, Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law
  • Janine Young Kim, Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law
Abstract
This article examines how professional sports leagues address (apparently increasing) criminal activity by players off of the field or court. It analyzes the power of professional sports leagues and, in particular, the commissioners of those leagues, to discipline wayward athletes. Such discipline is often met with great controversy - from players’ unions and commentators alike - especially when a commissioner invokes the “in the best interest of the sport” clause of the professional sports league’s constitution and bylaws. The article then contextualizes such league discipline in criminal punishment theory - juxtaposing punishment norms in public law with incentives and rationales for discipline in professional sports - and analyzes the legal and cultural limitations to this approach.
Keywords
  • sports law,
  • professional sports,
  • leagues,
  • professional athletes,
  • punishment theory,
  • criminal behavior,
  • crime
Publication Date
2009
Citation Information
Janine Young Kim & Matthew J. Parlow, Off-Court Misbehavior: Sports Leagues and Private Punishment, 99 J. Crim. L & Criminology 101 (2009).