Barry Bonds' Record-Breaking Legacy Faces Many Legal Issues, Says Baseball Law Expert

Aug 07, 2007, 01:00 ET from Albany Law School

    ALBANY, N.Y., Aug. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As the number of home
 runs by San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds continues to rise, so does
 the number of legal questions surrounding his historic home run hit. Some
 of the questions include:
     -- Who owns the home run ball? The line-up card?
     -- Should steroid users be banned from the record books? The Hall of Fame?
     -- Could the owner of Bonds' home run ball face a large tax bill?
     Professor Paul Finkelman, considered one of the world's leading experts
 on baseball and the law, is available as an expert resource.
     In 2001, Professor Finkelman was an expert witness in the suit over who
 owned Barry Bonds' 73rd home run ball. A professor at Albany Law School in
 Albany, N.Y., and a former fellow at Harvard Law School, Finkelman teaches
 and lectures about baseball law around the country. He has also written and
 researched extensively all legal aspects surrounding the sport, from
 contracts to steroid use. Recent papers included, "Baseball and the Rule of
 Law" and "Who Owns the Home Run Ball."
     If interested in interviewing Professor Paul Finkelman, please contact
 Nicole Soucy at (518) 445-3208 or
     About Albany Law School
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 of New York state's capital since 1851. As the oldest law school in New
 York state and the oldest independent law school in the nation, the
 institution offers students an innovative, rigorous curriculum taught by a
 committed faculty. Several nationally recognized programs -- including the
 Government Law Center and the Albany Law Clinic and Justice Center --
 provide opportunities for students to apply classroom learning. Students
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 schools for the past 25 years.
     Nicole Soucy

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