Sport, Physical Activity, and the Law, 3rd ed.

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Author(s): Neil J. Dougherty
Alan S. Goldberger
Linda Jean Carpenter

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Sport, Physical Activity, and the Law, 3rd Edition is a new edition of the popular college text that takes a practical approach to using the law – aimed directly at those working, or intending to work in the sport and athletics industries.

Rather than relying on lengthy explanations of obtuse and confusing legal theories, Sports Physical Activity, and the Law, 3rd Edition introduces readers to the law and the legal system as a framework designed to help practitioners use the law as a management tool.

The basics of the law and the American legal system are explained in clear and concise fashion. Included are practical discussions of principles of risk management, the legal rights of participants, coaches, and administrators, liability for negligence, legal issues regarding violence, codes of conduct, responsibilities of game officials, the law of contracts, and product liability.

Individual chapters are organized to enhance reader interest and to promote a practical understanding of the law. Learning objectives are provided, discussions are clear and easily understood, key terms are highlighted, practical managerial guidelines are presented and real-world case illustrations abound.

Case studies are drawn not only from published court opinions; but also from all levels of legal system – from claims litigated at the administrative and trial court levels all the way up to the Supreme Court.

All cases are presented in an easy reading narrative form rather than the more commonly used formal reporting style.

This maximizes readability and facilitates a much better understanding of the day-to-day application of the legal principles involved.

About the Author(s)

Neil J. Dougherty

Neil Dougherty, Ed.D., is a professor in the Department of Exercise Science and Sport Studies at Rutgers University. He has over 30 years of experience as a teacher, administrator, and consultant for attorneys, insurance groups, and professional organizations and is a nationally recognized speaker and author on issues related to risk management and safety in sport. Dr. Dougherty has published eight textbooks, given more than 100 national presentations, served as president of several professional associations, and was co-editor of the Safety Notebook (AAPAR) from 1996-2006.

Alan S. Goldberger

Alan Goldberger is an attorney and sports official. He serves as counsel to national, state, and local officiating and sports organizations and insurance carriers in the sports industry. He is a member of the New Jersey, New York, and Maryland Bars. He officiated basketball, football, and baseball for more than 30 years.

Goldberger is a regular contributor to athletic and legal publications, including Referee Magazine and the National Federation Officials Quarterly. He is Chair of the Sports Law Special Litigation Group of the Defense Research Institute, the American Bar Association Nonprofit Athletic and Recreation Associations Subcommittee, and the NAGWS Committee on Legal Issues.

Mr. Goldberger has been a featured speaker at numerous national and regional conferences, and has taught sports law and business organization law on the college level. He is also the author of Sports Officiating: A Legal Guide, now in its second edition.

Linda Jean Carpenter

Linda Carpenter, Ph.D., J.D., is a professor emerita of physical education and exercise science at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York.

She is a member of the New York State and United States Supreme Court Bars and has published numerous books and articles on topics related to both sports and the law.

Her experience as a teacher, coach, and attorney provides useful perspective and insight as she speaks at national and international meetings.

Her physical education background gives her the ability to focus on the current and important issues in sport.

Her legal background enables her to discuss the issues with legal precision.

Her decades of teaching experience allow her to present the concepts in an insightful, clear, and useful style.

The result is a uniquely accessible book.