Sports Litigation Alert Hits a Benchmark in Higher Education, Becoming the Go-To Resource for Professors and their College Students

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Ten years after introducing Sports Litigation Alert as a tool for sports law professors, Hackney Publications announced that the electronic periodical now has more than 100 subscribing colleges and universities worldwide.

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Sports Litigation Alert has been tailored for sports law professors to use with their students as a supplement to their required reading material.

Ten years after introducing Sports Litigation Alert (http://www.sportslitigationalert.com) as a tool for sports law professors to educate their students about current legal developments in the sports industry, Hackney Publications announced that the electronic periodical now has more than 100 subscribing colleges and universities worldwide.

While Sports Litigation Alert, which publishes 24 times a year, is the most comprehensive of the Hackney Publications sports law periodicals, there are a host of other publications, including Legal Issues in Collegiate Athletics, Journal of NCAA Compliance, Legal Issues in High School Athletics, Professional Sports and the Law, and Concussion Litigation Reporter, each of which have a distinct following.

But none have the reach into higher education like Sports Litigation Alert.

“This is attributable to three factors,” said Holt Hackney, a life-long journalist and publisher.

“The first is the growth of the sports industry. This has led to a need for attorneys, who specialize in this area. Colleges and universities have responded in kind by introducing sports law classes in their law schools as well as kinesiology and sports management departments.

“The second factor is our production of original, provocative content, such as case summaries and articles. Whether it is the unfolding Title IX issue at Baylor University (http://www.sportslitigationalert.com/SLA-12-16-Staurowsky-Baylor.html) or the ongoing battle to legalize Mixed Martial Arts in New York State (http://www.sportslitigationalert.com/SLA-12-17-Varriale-MMA.html), our mission is to deliver expertly written, timely material.

“The third factor is that Sports Litigation Alert has been tailored for sports law professors to use with their students as a supplement to their required reading material. We maintain a searchable archive of more than 1,000 articles and case summaries. In addition, we provide examples of how professors can use Sports Litigation Alert in the classroom (http://sportslitigationalert.com/SLA in the Classroom.pdf). We are constantly evolving in response to the needs of our professors.”

Besides the Alert, Hackney Publications (http://www.hackneypublications.com) also produces:

Legal Issues in Collegiate Athletics, a monthly newsletter subscribed to by athletic directors and general counsel.
The Journal of NCAA Compliance, a bi-monthly newsletter subscribed to by compliance directors.
Legal Issues in High School Athletics, a bi-monthly newsletter subscribed to by high school athletic directors and state high school athletic associations.
Professional Sports and the Law, a bi-monthly newsletter for general counsel at professional sports teams.
Concussion Litigation Reporter, a monthly newsletter subscribed to by practitioners, insurance professionals and attorneys.

“The sports law industry will continue to grow in the future,” said Hackney. “All one needs to do is note the expanding membership base of organizations like the Sports Lawyers Association and the Sports and Recreation Law Association. We’re excited to be a facilitator of that growth.”

About Hackney Publications
Hackney Publications delivers valuable and important information about the legal side of the sports industry. Its overriding mission, through its publications, is to maintain a narrow editorial focus on issues that matter to its subscribers. The company was founded by journalist Holt Hackney, who has spent more than 30 years writing about sports, business and the law. Hackney gained national prominence in the late 1980s when, as a staff writer for New York City-based Financial World magazine, he became one of the pioneers of the sports business beat, writing stories about such issues as the NBA salary cap, the economic value of hosting the Olympic Games and the sometimes-brutal contract negotiations that take place in the NFL. Hackney was part of the writing team at Financial World that wrote the industry's first franchise valuation stories. Hackney’s entry into legal journalism began in 1995 when he joined LRP Publications, a legal publisher, where he managed five subscriber-based legal publications and their respective editors. In the fall of 1998, he became editor of Legal Issues in College Athletics (LICA), then published by Andrews Publications. He later acquired LICA and started Hackney Publications, from which he launched the remaining five periodicals.

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