Rhode Island and Sports Law

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The article demonstrates that Rhode Island has had its share of sports law issues including claims of negligence by participants, against sports product designers and manufacturers, and those cases involving injuries suffered by spectators or bystanders due to flying objects. The state makes its mark, however, in the various gender discrimination cases involving legal challenges for courts as to whether a boy may participate on a high school girls’ field hockey team, whether a boy could participate on a girls’ volleyball team, whether a girl could play Little League Baseball, and the iconic decisions and ultimate settlement in Cohen v. Brown Univ. saga which was the most important Title IX decision of its era. Rhode Island also has sport-related laws found in various parts of its statutes including sports bribery, the adoption of the Uniform Athlete Agents Act, its School and Youth Programs Concussion Act (SYPCA), and a statutory framework for sports gambling legislation. Indeed, though smallest in geographical stature, Rhode Island’s sports law impact extends beyond its boundaries.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)448-474
JournalRoger Williams University Law Review
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 24 2022


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