So I went into our catalog and tried to find some interesting items that were not related to antitrust law. Shying away as well from general sports law books, my options were much more limited.
Specifically related to the Super Bowl I found two Congressional hearings from 2014: one on preventing human trafficking at sporting events and another on mass gathering security (both of which can be requested in our recently renovated Reading Room)
[Not the lightest of subjects for a Friday post, but then I reasoned that football-related law books were never going to be akin to happy recitations of the glory days of the 1970s Pittsburgh Steelers.]
And if you are so inclined, here are some other hearings specifically relating to the NFL:
- KF32.I555 1973: Evaluation of the necessity for television blackouts of professional sporting events; report. [Prepared by William T. Druhan] Ninety-third Congress, first session.
- KF27.E347 1975b: Oversight hearings on National Football League labor-management dispute : hearings before the Subcommittee on Labor-Management Relations of the Committee on Education and Labor, House of Representatives, Ninety-fourth Congress, first-session, held in Washington, D.C., September 29 and October 2, 1975.
- KF27.E3366 1982b: Oversight hearing on equal employment opportunity in the National Football League : hearing before the Subcommittee on Employment Opportunities of the Committee on Education and Labor, House of Representatives, Ninety-seventh Congress, second session, hearing held in Washington, D.C., on June 10, 1982.
- KF27.G6 2005ze: Steroid use in sports, part II : examining the National Football League’s policy on anabolic steroids and related substances : hearing before the Committee on Government Reform, House of Representatives, One Hundred Ninth Congress, first session, April 27, 2005.
- KF27.J856 2006j: Arbitration process of the National Football League Players Association : hearing before the Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law of the Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives, One Hundred Ninth Congress, second session, December 7, 2006.
- KF26.C69 2007zk: Oversight of the National Football League (NFL) retirement system : hearing before the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, United States Senate, One Hundred Tenth Congress, first session, September 18, 2007.
- KF27.J856 2007g: National Football League’s system for compensating retired players : an uneven playing field? : hearing before the Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law of the Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives, One Hundred Tenth Congress, first session, June 26, 2007.
- KF27.E5515 2009q: The NFL StarCaps case : are sports’ anti-doping programs at a legal crossroads? : hearing before the Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, House of Representatives, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, first session, November 3, 2009.
- KF27.J8 2009h: Legal issues relating to football head injuries. Part I & II : hearings before the Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, first and second sessions, October 28, 2009 and January 4, 2010.
Finally, for the Germanophiles in the audience we have the following thesis:
- K3702.M35 1995: Rechtsfragen der Organisation und Autonomie im Verbands- und Berufssport : dargestellt am Beispiel des Deutschen Fussball-Bundes und der National Football League in den USA / vorgelegt von Frank Maier.
Even if the game’s a dud, you can still get your football fix!