Professional athletes recently united behind Black Lives Matter when they refused to play baseball and basketball games that the professional leagues were forced to postpone. Some college teams are wearing uniforms promoting justice, equality, and other societal values. This conduct raises serious legal issues as to the scope of the First Amendment right to free speech of athletes in high school, college, and the professional leagues. This course will examine the First Amendment rights of student-athletes and professional athletes to express their views whether they are on the sidelines or between the lines.
Presented by New Jersey attorney and college professor Gary J. Chester, this program will benefit attorneys who represent athletes, school districts, universities, and professional teams that are almost certain to face issues of participant protest in the future.
Gary J. Chester is a New Jersey trial attorney who has been in practice since 1983. He has reported and commented on sports law issues for The New York Times, CNN, ESPN Sportsticker, WFAN, KMOX, Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal, and others. Mr. Chester has served as an adjunct professor at two New Jersey colleges since 2008, where he teaches several courses in law, including The Law of Sports, Entertainment and Tourism.