This course discusses and analyzes historical and current legal issues shaping amateur and professional sports in the United States. For clarification, the "amateur" sport discussion is largely limited to Division I inter-collegiate athletics and "professional sports" focuses on sports played in exchange for compensation in the United States. We undertake this analysis to understand the legal aspects of what is, often, the "business of sports". We recognize, at all times, that though this course is grounded in sports, its true base is traditional areas of law including, but not limited to: employment, contract, tort, labor, intellectual property, and criminal law. This class requires a major, independent research project.