NYSBA Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Journal

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Freedom of Speech in Sports: There is No “I” in Team Sport: Does being a team player compromise individual free-speech rights?

by Ethan Bordman

“Can’t you use a lewd term in America if you want?”1

John Rocker, the famously outspoken former Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher, has become a central figure in an ongoing debate about freedom of speech and expression in sports. He asked this question as a challenge to a disciplinary action taken against Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen by baseball commissioner Bud Selig…

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