Sports and entertainment law encompasses a variety of specialties including sports, music, film, theater and television. Additionally, sports and entertainment law is comprised of a complex mix of various disciplines including contracts and licensing law, intellectual property law, torts, antitrust, and agency law. Selected treatises and Internet sites are listed below. For a listing of intellectual property materials, see the Intellectual Property Law Sources outline. To identify additional treatises, use the Law Library Catalog. Use a word or subject search if you do not know the title or author. Relevant subject headings include:

Entertainers - Legal status, laws, etc - United States
Performing Arts - Law and legislation - United States
Sports - Law and legislation - United States

Entertainment Law

• Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry (KF390 .E57 C68) (PLI Course Handbook Series)
• Farber, Entertainment Industry Contracts: Negotiating and Drafting Guide(Reserve KF2932 .E57 1986, LexisNExis - 2NDARY;ENTIND)
• Fremlin, Entertainment Law (KF4290 .F73 1990)
• Orenstein, Entertainment Law and Business: a Guide to the Law and Business Practices of the Entertainment Industry (KF4920 .O73 2002)
• Selz, Entertainment Law: Legal Concepts and Business Practices (Reserve KF4290 .S44 1992)
• Entertainment Law Reporter (KF4290 .A59 E57)
• Sobel & Biederman, International Entertainment Law (K3780 .S66 2003)
• Lindey on Entertainment, Publishing and the Arts: Agreements and the Law(Reserve KF2991.5 .L55 2004, Westlaw - LINDEY3D)
• Entertainment, Publishing and the Arts Handbook (KF4290 .Z9 E57)
• Media Law Reporter (KF2750 .A513)
• McCarthy, The Rights of Publicity and Privacy (KF1262 .M42 2006, Westlaw - RTPUBPRIV)

ABA Entertainment and Sports Law Forum
American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP)
American Society of Journalists & Authors- Contracts Watch
Federal Communications Commission
Starving Artists Law
United States Copyright Office
United States Patent and Trademark Office
World Intellectual Property Organization        

Music Law 

• Kohn on Music Licensing (KF3035 .K64 2000)
• Schulenberg, Legal Aspects of the Music Industry: an Insider’s View(KF4291 .S28 2005)
• Bagehot, Music Business Agreements (KD1280 .B36 1998)
• Lipton, Music: the Law and Music Contracts (KD3720 .L57 2000)
• Stim, Music Law: How to Run Your Band’s Business (KF390 .E57 S87 2003)
• Halloran, The Musician’s Business and Legal Guide (KF4291 .M87 2008)
• Krasilovsky, This Business of Music: the Definitive Guide to the Music Industry (KF4291 .S54 2000)

Future of Music Coalition
Music Publishers’ Association
National Music Publisher’s Association
Recording Industry Association of America

Sports Law

• Shropshire, The Business of Sports Agents (GV734.5 .S58 2003)
• The Court of Arbitration for Sport, 1984-2004 (K3702 .C68 2006)
• Wong, Essentials of Sports Law (KF3989 .W66 2002)
• Champion, Fundamentals of Sports Law (KF3989 .C45 2004, Westlaw - SPORTSLAW)
• Nafziger, International Sports Law (K3702 .N34 2004)
• Wise & Meyer, International Sports Law and Business (K3702 .W57 1997)
• Law of Professional and Amateur Sports (KF3989 .L38 2002)
• Blackshaw, Mediating Sports Disputes: National and International Perspectives (K3702 .B533 2002)
• Appenzeller, Risk Management in Sport: Issues and Strategies (GV713 .R57 2005)
• Champion, Sports Law in a Nutshell (Reserve KF3989 .Z9 C48 2000)
• Greenberg, Sports Law Practice (KF3989 .G73 2009)
• Understanding Business and Legal Aspects of the Sports Industry (KF3989 .Z9 U53)

Asser International Sports Law Centre
Court of Arbitration for Sport
Recent Developments in Sports Law  (Marquette Sports Law Review)
World Anti-Doping Agency

Television & Film

• Goodale, All About Cable: Legal and Business Aspects of Cable and Pay Television (KF2844 .H34 1981)
• Moore, The Biz: the Basic Business, Legal and Financial Aspects of the Film Industry (KF4302 .M66 2002)
• Brenner, Cable Television and Other Nonbroadcast Video: Law and Policy(Cardozo Publications KF 2844 .B74 2003)
• Cable Television Law (KF2844 .Z9 C335) (PLI Course Handbook Series)
• Litwak, Dealmaking in the Film and Television Industry: From Negotiations to Final Contract (KF4290 .Z9 L57 2002)
• Sammataro, Film and Multimedia and the Law (KF4298 .S26 2005)
• Breimer, The Screenwriter’s Legal Guide (KF4302 .B74 2004)
• Ferris & Lloyd, Telecommunications Regulation: Cable, Broadcasting, Satellite, and the Internet (KF2844 .F47, LexisNexis - 2NDARY;TELREG)

Director’s Guild of America
Independent Film & Television Alliance
Screen Actors Guild


The Law Library subscribes to numerous law journals devoted to sports and entertainment law. Find journals by searching the Law Library Catalog. Many articles are available from full-text sources such as LexisNexis, Westlaw, and HeinOnline. Additional articles can be identified with periodical indexes:

• Current Law Index (Reference K33 .C85, LexisNexis - LAWREV;LGLIND, Westlaw - LRI)
• Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals (Reference K33 .I29, BEN)
• Index to Legal Periodicals (Reference K33 .I55, LexisNexis - LAWREV;ILP, Westlaw- ILP, BEN)