Institute of Sports Law and Ethics

Timely commentary regarding ethical and legal issues in sports by Mike Gilleran, Executive Director of Institute of Sports Law and Ethics, and Jack Bowen, ISLE Board Member.

The Institute of Sports Law and Ethics (ISLE) was founded by Santa Clara Law, the SCU Department of Athletics and Recreation, and the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics. Its 30-member board includes distinguished athletes and sports executives. The institute’s signature event is an annual Symposium on Sports Law and Ethics in September, covering subjects such as concussions, steroids, amateurism, and the commercial use of athletes’ images. In 2012 ISLE added a community outreach component, established the ETHOS Award, and created a task force to study amateurism.


The Ethics Of Headers in Youth Soccer: Using Our Heads Correctly

Our lives are filled with risk.  Just being alive is risky.  And that gets me immediately to the point: humans don’t choose to accept the risk of coming into existence, but for those next eighteen years, those of us who

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High Level of Transfers in NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball:  A Trend That Will Only Grow?

The NCAA has reported that approximately 40% of Division 1 men’s basketball players who were freshmen in the 2010-11 academic year left their original institution prior to their third year in college. I was initially surprised to learn how many

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Jack Bowen guest blogging this week

Jack Bowen is guest blogging this week at sportsfeelgoodstories.com. You can read his blog post for the week here.

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Head Injuries in the World Cup:  Does FIFA Care?

The violent, accidental collision early in the World Cup championship game was disturbing to watch. Christoph Kramer of Germany collided with an Argentine player, Kramer’s head snapped back upon contact, and he slumped to the ground. We see the collision

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Match-Fixing in Soccer: Too Big to Eliminate? Was Cameroon vs. Croatia Fixed?

On September 11, the Santa Clara University Institute of Sports Law and Ethics (ISLE) will present a symposium that will focus in part on match-fixing. Internationally acclaimed journalist Declan Hill will be the featured speaker for that portion of the

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Flopping and Framing: Inside the White Picket Fence of Sport

Trending in the world of #WorldCup2014 more than almost any other topic is the moral condemnation of players feigning injury in order to deceive the referee thus garnering a free kick, aka, “flopping.”  Americans seem disgusted by it.  Even our

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Smokeless Tobacco:  Why Is It Still Part of Major League Baseball?

The recent death of Tony Gwynn, by all accounts one of the classiest men in baseball and also a long-time user of smokeless tobacco, put the issue of smokeless tobacco use in the major leagues squarely on the radar of

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Luis Suarez and Hope Solo: Soccer Stars and Bad Conduct

Perhaps like many of you, I was watching yesterday’s Uruguay vs. Italy World Cup match when, with just a few minutes to go in a 0-0 game that Uruguay needed to win in order to advance, I was shocked to

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A Mistake, a Mindset, and the Best Two Seconds of the World Cup

There’s a consensus amongst soccer fanatics that U.S. goalie Tim Howard’s save near the end of the first half against Portugal is the best—by far—of the World Cup.  But there’s something much more interesting and relevant that preceded this save

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There’s A (Small) Hole In My Life: The Tension Between Luck and Praise

This past weekend’s U.S. Open provided one of those exceptionally rare and exciting moments in all of sport: a hole in one.  With such a small hole, this lunar-eclipse-like event requires quite a bit of skill, and quite a bit

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