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While Chief Justice Roberts’ “calling balls and strikes” analogy is  overly simplistic and inaccurate, sports rules do, in fact, illustrate a great deal about legal rules and legal decisionmaking. A new example came last week, when Major League Baseball announced an experimental rule banning, or at least limiting, home-plate collisions. The rule is intended to protect players, especially catchers;  home-plate collisions are a common cause of concussions and other injuries. Whether the rule does or not achieve that goal offers an interesting exercise in statutory interpretation and thus in how rules are made and enforced.

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Howard M. Wasserman

Howard M. Wasserman is Professor of Law at FIU College of Law. He writes on civil procedure, civil rights, freedom of speech, and the rules of sport.

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