Symposia

Fall 2012 Symposium

Once thought to be a badge of honor that doctors could quickly “cure” with a sniff of smelling salt, concussions have now become the subject of litigation that could threaten the future of football and other contact sports. Recent medical studies consistently show serious long-term effects for athletes who have had multiple concussions, including serious brain trauma and reduction in life expectancy. Where re-entering the game after a concussion, or even the week after a concussion, used to be common practice, there is an increasing burden on team physicians and the athletes themselves to consider the implications of going back onto the field. In light of this research, the four major American sports leagues have implemented concussion policies and procedures, but many question if these policies alone are sufficient to protect the athletes from permanent injuries.

The pending litigation against the National Football League by over 500 of its former players will be the first case to address the question of concussions on a larger scale.  At its heart are tort law questions of duty, causation, and assumption of risk by athletes, trainers, and administrators in responding to these injuries. How should courts allocate liability in such cases?

Further, this is a problem that transcends professional football, extending both to high school athletes and to female athletes. In fact, women’s soccer is the sport with the second highest amount concussions after football, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that nearly two million teenage athletes suffer brain injuries every year.

 

Fall 2012 Symposium

The Mississippi Sports Law Review’s 2012 Fall Symposium:  The Impact of Concussion Lawsuits on the Future of Football Once thought to be a badge of honor that doctors could quickly “cure” with a sniff of smelling salt, concussions have now become the subject of litigation that could threaten the future of football and other contact …

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Fall 2013 Symposium

For our Third Annual Sports Law Symposium, we are proud to present “Amateurism and the Future of the NCAA.” Amateurism is the driving principle of the NCAA’s concept of collegiate athletics. A student-athlete will lose his or her amateur status and cease to be eligible for intercollegiate competition if they use athletic ability in exchange for compensation or remuneration …

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Spring 2012 Symposium

Legal and Political Challenges to the Bowl Championship Series and Conference Realignment/Expansion The Bowl Championship Series (BCS) continues to be a lightning rod for public criticism and scrutiny, with legal intervention by state and federal government becoming increasingly likely.  Indeed, this past summer the Department of Justice has investigated the NCAA and the BCS, exploring …

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Fall 2011 Symposium

Social Media and Intercollegiate Athletics The intersection of media and collegiate athletics has become an increasingly hot topic in recent years in several different ways. The consolidated O’Bannon and Keller cases, for instance, raises important issues related to the use of players’ likenesses in video games, the right of publicity of college athletes, and the …

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