Business and Legal Aspects of Sports and Entertainment (BLASE)

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HeinOnline’s Business and Legal Aspects of Sports and Entertainment (BLASE) aims to illuminate the critical issues in these two subject areas. It is edited by Frank Houdek and Ed Edmonds, who both bring decades of work on the literature of sports and entertainment to this enterprise. The foundation of BLASE is the focused topical arrangement created by the editors after their analysis of more than 8,000 periodical articles. Each topic contains a scope note that explains the focus of a given topic and the methodology used by the editors when assigning topics to a particular article. This approach, with some slight modifications, is also used for all of the remaining materials in the database, which cover resources other than scholarly articles.

While the backbone of BLASE is its collection and arrangement of scholarly articles, this database also offers federal and state documents, including legislative histories, House and Senate hearings, reports, and committee prints, and reports from the Comptroller General, the Congressional Research Service, and the Government Accountability Office. It also contains full-text books, an extensive bibliography of other relevant publications with links to WorldCat holdings, and carefully selected lists of court cases with citations and brief annotations describing the significance of each of the highlighted decisions. Additional features include an extensive collection of links to relevant external websites, organized topically; full-text access to the valuable publications of the National Sports Institute of Marquette University; and material pertaining to the Athlete Agents Act, organized by annual meetings.

Examples of the many business and legal areas covered in the database are antitrust and labor law, athlete and entertainer representation, content regulation, contracts, criminal law, gender and race discrimination, governance, injuries and violence, intellectual property, health and safety issues, and publicity rights. By providing a wide range of materials on these and many other topics, the editors have sought to produce a truly comprehensive treatment of the many issues connected to both sports and entertainment.

For more information and for tips on using BLASE, read the BLASE libguide.

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