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Navigating Legal & Commercial Aspects of Sports

Hamad Bin Khalifa University via edX


The world of sports excites and engages people. The spirit of competition, the possibility of a winner, and the recognition of perseverance and dedication drive people to watch and even participate as athletes. This is how we traditionally think of sports, but there is also the business of sports. As this business has grown and become more international, a need for a system of rules has emerged. Hence, a once unregulated field has become subject to an increasingly complex web of legal standards.

What are the laws that govern sports? How are they applied, both in the national and international context? What institutions are engaged in this process? How are the rights of athletes enforced, whether through a contract or otherwise? Over the next eight weeks, you will focus on these and other questions.


Week 1: Introduction to Navigating the Legal and Commercial Aspects of Sports

Week 2: Contracts

Week 3: Non-Contractual Liabilities

Week 4: Environment, Health and Safety

Week 5: Labor

Week 6: Ethics, Transparency and Anti-Corruption

Week 7: Dispute Resolution

Week 8: Final Assignment

Taught by

Dr. Susan L. Karamanian, Dr. Zachary R. Calo, Dr. Damilola S. Olawuyi and Dr. Barry Solaiman



4.4 rating, based on 8 Class Central reviews

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  • Anonymous
    The title of the course is well crafted.
    The course modules are well structured to fit into the the title of the course.
    The sequence of the course modules makes it follow and easy for the leaner to comprehend.
    The use of language is effective in communication the study materials .
    The peer assessment is good thought causes fright to the learner, since your peers are also learners, their judgment may not be sound, since different students may have different ways of presenting their answers, which may not be grasped by their fellow students.
    The summary and recap module has been very helpful, it can be used for future rehearsals.
  • Anonymous
    Well structured but fairly general course. An excellent introduction to sports law issues. Too bad that by the time I enrolled, the opportunity to participate by submitting papers had already expired.
  • Anonymous
    Thoroughly insightful and a great eye opener into the type of career I potentially want to go into. This course highlights many aspects of sports law that I didn't even think about and clearly explains the effects of them ad what they mean. Videos and discussion sections are very helpful. Would highly recommend.
  • Usman Musharaf Olamilekan
    This course has really give me an enlightenment on what sport law really is, it gives a proper and better understanding of which one should know about elementary knowledge of sport law. Two things into one , sport and law, how it relates and how it affects every personal who engages in it .
  • Juan Baez
    The course was good! Nice videos and good information, but in the activities the others students takes the control, they makes bad grades and literally smash all of your hard work learning!
  • Anonymous
    The course was very useful to learn about the legal framework and contractual considerations related to sport. I look forward to this sequel.
  • Anonymous
    Informative course. Would be suitable for anyone seeking a general overview of Sports Law and Sport as a business
  • Anonymous
    This course on the legal and commercial aspects of sports law is an excellent immersion in the world of sport; its legal rules, its unique system of arbitration of disputes.
    On the form, the presentation is very dictative allowing to deepen his knowledge.
    I would have completed the course with other case studies and analyses of CAS decisions.

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