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Sport, Ethics and Leadership


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1. Ethics and Moral Reasoning

2. Ethics in the Context of Sport

3. The Importance of Leadership and Leadership Development in Sport

4. The Changing Ethical Landscape of Amateurism

5. Fan Behavior: Ethics, Responsibilities and Expectations

6. The Ethical Cost of Medical Issues

7. Social, Legal and Ethical Issues of Performance Enhancement in Sport

8. The Ethics of Race Discrimination in Sport

9. The Ethics of Gender Discrimination in Sport

10. Violence and Hazing in Sport

11. Gambling and Sport

12. Ethical Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights in Sport

13. The Ethics of Technology in Sport

14. Value, Virtue and Meaning in Sport

About the Author

Jack Bowen writes on sports ethics for the Institute of Sports Law and Ethics and Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA), USA. He graduated from Stanford University with Honors in Human Biology and received his Master's from California State University, Long Beach, with an emphasis on the Philosophy of Sport summa cum laude. He was a two-time All-American water polo player at Stanford, has been recognized as a national award-winning coach by PCA and USA Water Polo, and has written three books on philosophy. Ronald S. Katz is a sports attorney at GCA Law Partners LLP, USA. He received his B.A. from New York University summa cum laude; his M.A. from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar; and his J.D. from Harvard Law School. He co-founded the Institute of Sports Law and Ethics, which is at the University of the Pacific; was its first Chair; and now is Chair Emeritus. He has written extensively on sports ethics, including contributions to in 2015-2016. In 2016 he was a Distinguished Careers Institute Fellow at Stanford University. Jeffrey R. Mitchell is the Senior Associate Athletic Director for External Operations at Santa Clara University, USA. With a diverse background in intercollegiate athletics administration, Mitchell has experience directing units responsible for revenue generation, media relations, ticketing and marketing, academic support, business operations, and NCAA compliance. Mitchell earned a Bachelor's degree and a Master's in Business Administration from Millsaps College. He also earned a J.D. from the University of Mississippi School of Law. Donald J. Polden is Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law at Santa Clara University, USA. He received his B.B.A. from George Washington University and his J.D. from Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis. He teaches courses in sports law and policy, and antitrust law. He is Chair of the Board of Directors of the Institute of Sports Law and Ethics at the University of the Pacific and is the author of several books and articles on competition law, higher education, and employment law. He is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post on issues of business and law. Richard Walden is an attorney in Los Angeles, USA. He obtained his B.A. in Political Science from Texas Christian University and his J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law. He has represented professional athletes for over 20 years. In addition to teaching sports law for the University of San Francisco's Master's Program in Sport Management for over a decade, he has guest lectured on the subject at several colleges and universities.


"Sport, Ethics and Leadership is an approachable and readable textbook. The case studies and exercises at the end of each chapter are useful for checking and deepening student learning. This makes it an excellent option for adoption for Sport Ethics classes." - Shawn E. Klein, Professor of Philosophy, Arizona State University, USA and blogger at

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