- The Oxford Handbook of American Sports Law
- About the Editor
- Introduction: American Sports Law Through Deflategate
- The Evolution of the Power of the Commissioner in Professional Sports
- Leagues and Owners: The Donald Sterling Story
- The Commissioner’s Power to Discipline Players for On- and Off-Field Misconduct
- The Regulation of Doping in U.S. and International Sports
- Drugs in Professional Sports
- Blood Sports in an Age of Liability
- Sports and American Tort Law
- The Increasing Role of Disability Issues in U.S. Sports Law
- Collective Bargaining and Workforce Protections in Sports
- Collective Bargaining in Professional Sports: The Duel Between Players and Owners and Labor Law and Antitrust Law
- The Single-Entity Doctrine of Antitrust as Applied to Sports Leagues
- Eligibility Rules in Professional Sports
- Athlete Representation
- Identity and Speech in Sports in the Social Media Era
- The “Shifting Line” of Sports Betting Legalization
- The Enduring Power of the Sports Broadcasting Act
- Youth and High School Sports Law Issues
- College Athletics: The Growing Tension Between Amateurism and Commercialism
- Title IX and U.S. College Sports: Contemporary Challenges to Compliance
- Recreational Sports Law
- Arbitration and the Olympic Athlete
- Competition Law, Free Movement of Players, and Nationality Restrictions
- Athlete Trademarks: Names, Nicknames, and Catchphrases
- Trade Secrets and Information Security in the Age of Sports Analytics
- The Role of Bioethics in Sports Law
- The Rooney Rule’s Reach: How the NFL’s Equal Opportunity Initiative for Coaches Inspired Local Government Reform
- Sports in the Context of Social Media Law
- Public Development for Professional Sports Stadiums
- Daily Fantasy Sports and PASPA: How to Assess Whether the State Regulation of Daily Fantasy Sports Contests Violates Federal Law
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter discusses the development and financing for stadiums by the teams in the largest American professional sports leagues, including MLB, the NFL, the NBA, the NHL, and MLS, and the role of government in that process. With the exception of antitrust issues, there may be no aspect of American sports in which the government is as involved as the construction and financing of the stadiums in which the games are played. Stadium development, initially a private matter, entered the public interest because of the dramatic growth in construction costs coupled with the appearance of economic and societal benefits to a region that hosts a major league team. It will come as no surprise that venue projects are challenging and often controversial. This chapter analyzes how teams, leagues, and government entities negotiate for venue development projects, touching on the legal, practical, and political challenges that have emerged over the years.
Irwin P. Raij is a partner and Co-Chair of the Sports Industry Group in Entertainment, Sports & Media at O'Melveny & Myers LLP.
Alexander Chester is a counsel with O'Melveny & Myers LLP.
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