Roger Abrams12.9.16 — Professor Roger Abrams has been appointed as a neutral arbitrator for the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), located in Lausanne, Switzerland. CAS is the highest court of the international sports movement. It hears disputes involving the eligibility of athletes to participate in the Olympics and various World Cups. CAS is independent of the International Olympic Committee, and it hears appeals from IOC decisions — such as the banning of the Russian athletes from the most recent Olympics and the suspension of the head of FIFA from involvement with international soccer. Courts have enforced CAS decisions as a matter of course.

“This will be first time I have been involved with international arbitration, and it should be an interesting mix of my two fields — arbitration and the business of sports,” said Abrams. 

Abrams is a prolific author and leading authority on sports and labor law and legal education. He has served as a salary arbitrator for major league baseball and as a permanent arbitrator for the television, communications, electronics and coal industries, for the US Customs Service, Internal Revenue Service, Walt Disney World, the State of Florida and Lockheed-Martin Company. He has published seven books on the business and history of sports: Legal Bases: Baseball and the Law (1998), The Money Pitch: Baseball Free Agency and Salary Arbitration (2000), The First World Series and the Baseball Fanatics of 1903 (2003), The Dark Side of the Diamond: Gambling, Violence, Drugs and Alcoholism in the National Pastime (2008), Sports Justice (2010) and Playing Tough: The World of Politics and Sports (2013). In 2015, he was appointed to the New York Journal of Books (NYJB) Panel of Reviewers.

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