Legal issues in sports development

Authored by: James T. Cray , John O’Leary

Routledge Handbook of Sports Development

Print publication date:  December  2010
Online publication date:  December  2010

Print ISBN: 9780415479967
eBook ISBN: 9780203885581
Adobe ISBN: 9781134019717


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Law and sport enjoy a fascinating relationship. Although it may be true to say that ‘the law of the land never stops at the touchline’ (Grayson and Bond 1993) it is also true that the application of legal rules to sport has resulted in some juridical redefinition. For example, a fight on the street raises issues of criminal and civil liability, whilst the same activity undertaken under the auspices of, say, the World Boxing Council, might be considered boxing and enjoy a limited immunity from the law that bears no close philosophical scrutiny.

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