As fans, we are drawn to professional and college sports for the competition, great athleticism, a sense of community, and sheer entertainment of watching our favorite teams compete. We revel in our teams’ successes and bemoan their failures. Sports mean a lot to us. But sports are also a serious business with wide-ranging financial and legal implications, as recent high-profile cases have highlighted. From the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse case that rocked the storied Penn State football program to cyclist Lance Armstrong’s battle with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, sports-related legal issues continue to make headlines and attract public attention. At the same time, other legal issues are percolating in the sports world such as universities grappling with the delicate issue of monitoring student-athletes’ social media activity without infringing on their First Amendment rights. Then there is the ongoing debate over whether college student-athletes should be paid, and the 2009 lawsuit that put the issue into the legal domain. This issue of the Texas Bar Journal examines these important sports law issues facing athletes, organizations, and the lawyers who represent them. The Texas Bar Journal Board of Editors and staff would like to hear from you. If you have comments about this issue of the Journal, contact Ty Meighan at (800) 204-2222, Ext. 1522 or email@example.com.
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