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Anyone who has read my blog over the last few years knows that each spring, around opening day, I feature a sports law website. This year’s winner is Valparaiso University School of Law’s Sports Law Database. This free tool contains a variety of interesting material including rules, arbitration decisions, and cases. The researcher must enter in an email address to reach a search box, but the school indicates that the data is not shared.

The database is comprised of materials from a variety of sources (both U.S. and International) including, “The International Federation of Aquatics (FINA), The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), The International Federation of Gymnastics (FIG), The International Federation of Rowing Associations (FISA), The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF), The United States Anti-Doping Association (USADA), The World Anti-Doping Association (WADA), The Badminton World Federation (BWF), The International Canoe Federation (ICF), The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), and The Sport Dispute Resolution Center of Canada (SDRCC).”

I conducted a sample search using the keywords “Tyler Hamilton.” Tyler Hamilton represented the U.S. in the Olympics and competed professionally in many bicycle races, including the Tour de France. He retired from cycling after failing doping tests. My search in the Sports Law Clinic database produced several relevant hits including the AAA arbitration decision and the Court of Arbitration for Sport decision. Other cases appear in the result list, because they cite to one of the previously referenced decisions.

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