Institute of Sports Law and Ethics

Timely commentary regarding ethical and legal issues in sports by 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.

Rules Were Meant To Be

This weekend’s Wall Street Journal featured an article entitled, “America’s Most Profound Comic Strip,” referring to the loveable eighties cartoon Calvin and Hobbes.  The article made brief mention of Calvin’s pseudo-sport, “Calvinball.” For those not familiar, a primary facet of