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30 Conn. L. Rev. 675 (1997-1998)
Beyond the Perfect Score: Protecting Routine-Oriented Athletic Performance with Copyright Law

handle is hein.journals/conlr30 and id is 685 raw text is: BEYOND THE PERFECT SCORE:
PROTECTING ROUTINE-ORIENTED ATHLETIC
PERFORMANCE WITH COPYRIGHT LAW
[Skating is] the best way for me to express my emotions.
It's easier than to write, than to talk, than to think
-Ekaterina Gordeeva'
I. INTRODUCTION
Sport is a big business. As a mirror of society, sport has expanded
step-in-step with the world.2 Michael Jordan replica jerseys and sneak-
ers can be purchased in a majority of the industrialized nations of the
world The 1997 Super Bowl was seen by approximately 800 million
people throughout the world.4 The Centennial Olympics in Atlanta
were the largest to date in almost every sense; almost 11,000 athletes
from 197 countries competed in an extravaganza for which approxi-
1. EKATERINA GORDEEVA &    E.M. SWIFT, MY SERGEI: A LovE SToRY 289 (1996).
Ekaterina Gordeeva, along with her late husband and skating partner Sergei Grinkov, won two
Olympic gold medals for pairs figure skating. Their success was attributed to their outstanding
technical and artistic merit.
2. See John A. Scanlan, Jr. & Granville E. Cleveland, Sr, The Past as Prelude: The Early
Origins of Modern American Sports Lam 8 OHIo N.U. L REV. 433, 450 (1981) (tracking
modem sports law back to the origin of sport itselt).
3. Michael Jordan's celebrity status has transcended the sports world. He has used his ce-
lebrity to forge new business ventures, releasing his own line of cologne and clothing. See
Jim Kirk, 2 Game Plans in MJ's Nike Deal, Cti. TRIB., Sept. 10, 1997, at 1.
4. See Michael Silver, Pay Dirt! Determined and Supremely Focused, the Packers Left
Pressure, Parcells and the Patriots in Their Wake and Struck Super Bowl Gold, SpoRTS ILLus-
TRATED, Feb. 1, 1997, at 80.

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