A SUPREME DECISION: The Curt Flood Symposium

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Updated: March 20, 2014
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WHAT:

A SUPREME DECISION: The Curt Flood Symposium
Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Kansas City, Missouri

WHEN:

Sunday, March 30 and Monday, March 31, 2014

WHO:

The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (NLBM) and the National Archives at Kansas City (NARA), in partnership with Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association/University of Missouri-Kansas City Continuing Legal Education (KCMBA/UMKC-CLE), will present A Supreme Decision: The Curt Flood Symposium on Sunday and Monday March 30-31, 2014. The event will feature baseball legal and historical experts from across the nation, including Stuart Banner (UCLA), Ed Edmonds (Norte Dame) Mitchell Nathanson (Villanova), Abraham Khan (University of South Florida), and Brad Snyder (University of Wisconsin). Scheduled special guests include Lou Hoynes (former attorney for MLB), Allan Zerman (former attorney for Curt Flood), and Curt Flood, Jr.

WHERE:

All events will take place at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Missouri, Sunday, March 30 from 6:30 pm-8:30 pm and Monday, March 31 from 7:30 am-1:00 pm. Registration fee is $20.00 and includes access to all events, access to the NLBM gallery, and a one year membership to the museum.

WHY:

Curt Flood (1938-1997) grew up in Oakland, California and became an iconic figure in sports and history when he refused a trade and challenged Major League Baseball’s restrictive “reserve clause” and its long standing anti-trust status. His legal case rose as far as the United States Supreme Court in 1972. He lost his challenge, and his baseball career, but helped pave the way for free agency in baseball. Guests and scholars at the symposium will discuss Flood’s personal and professional life, his influences from the Civil Rights Movement, his impact on sports and media, as well as the various arguments and precedents surrounding his legal case.

This site will serve as the cyberspace home of the symposium, complete with documents, links, photographs, news and information in association with the event. Please use it as a resource to study and comment on the legacy of Curt Flood to sports and the law.http://curtfloodsymposiumkc.wordpress.com/

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