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date: 25 February 2021

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It has often been said that there is no such thing as sports law. The time has come to rethink that position. In recent years, an impressive canon of sports law scholarship and accompanying principles has come to light. The Oxford Handbook of American Sports Law navigates this canon and the sports controversies that enliven it. Perhaps the most instructive of these controversies is Deflategate, which centers on eleven slightly underinflated footballs and their unexpectedly riveting fallout. As a legal controversy, Deflategate is sports law in action. This chapter explores Deflategate and the key principles of sports law that it orbits.

Keywords: Deflategate, NFL, collective bargaining agreement, arbitration, professional sports leagues, breach of contract, antitrust law, labor law, powers of the league commissioner, science and law

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