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Public and Private Sports Associations

Learn about the different legal standards that govern public and private associations, high -school athletic associations, as well as independent athletic associations.


I. Public and Private Associations

Amateur sports associations are classified as either public or private associations. This classification dictates the legal standard that applies to an association. Public sports associations are essentially public in nature, such as public high school athletic associations or city recreation departments. A public sports association engages in state action, so the association is subject to the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments of the United States Constitution....