28 J. Legal Aspects Sport 1 (2018)

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Journal ofLegalAspects ofSport, 2018,28, 1-2

                          Editor's Note
First, the Editorial Board of the Journal ofLegal Aspects ofSport (JLAS) would
like to pay its respects to Dr. Herb Appenzeller, who passed away on January 5,
2018. His contributions to the Sport and Recreation Law Association (SRLA) and
the fields of sport and recreation law were substantial, and the Editorial Board
would like to dedicate this issue to his memory and legacy.
    As for this issue, it's an exciting one because it is the first open-access issue
for JLAS. The move to open access should set JLAS up for greater success by in-
creasing access and citations for the premierjournal for sports law research. The
issue is also exciting because of the tremendous research contributions included
    Specifically, the issue includes a fascinating examination on the potential for
implementing  promotion and  relegation in U.S. Soccer, a topic that has drawn
more attention since the U.S. Men's National Team failed to qualify for the 2018
World  Cup. Steven A. Bank is an incredible legal scholar and JLAS is honored
to publish his research on such a relevant topic. Also included is an article by the
leading voice on combat sports law, Jason J. Cruz. His contribution to this issue
involves antitrust law and combat sports and is a must-read for those of us who
study antitrust law.
    Additionally, there are three articles concerning sports gambling, and each
one was written by noted experts on the subject. Alicia Jessop, a renowned sports
law expert who  has published articles in the Huffington Post, Forbes, and the
Washington  Post, uses the example of the 20th century securities industry as
an argument  for federal regulation of 21st century daily fantasy sports. John
Holden, a scholar who I consider to be one of the rising stars in the field of sports
law, examines  the origins of the inclusion of the fantasy sports exemption in
proposed statutes pre-dating the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act
of 2006. His expertise on this subject makes him stand out as one of the more
insightful commentators on the legalization of sports betting. And speaking of
leading experts on sports gambling, no conversation would be complete without
mention  of Ryan M. Rodenberg,  who  is arguably the most respected voice on
the subject. Dr. Rodenberg's article in this issue combines research on sports
gambling with a discussion on the value of amicus briefs in sports law. In fact, his
contribution to this issue includes an amicus brief that he wrote for the Supreme
Court of the United States.
    Sports law is a niche field and this limits citations, particularly for research
on important, but rarely examined, topics. Traditional legal scholarship on sports
topics is normative in that it aims to influence judges, lawyers, and legislators to
reform or interpret existing law in a way that makes society more just. For this
reason, quality legal research has the potential to produce impact that extends
beyond mere  citation in other research studies. The force of well-developed legal
arguments  is felt by its readership, including judicial clerks, lawyers, judges,
and legislators. And amicus briefs, in particular, provide legal researchers with a

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