PAUL J. BATISTA, J.D.
Associate Professor, Health and Kinesiology
Office#: 342-BD Blocker
Mail Stop: 4243
Office Phone: (979) 845-2391
E-mail:
Primary Emphasis Area: Sport Management
Vita: View Document
Web Site: http://batista.tamu.edu
Short Bio
Paul J. Batista, JD, is an Associate Professor in the Sport Management Division in the Department of Health and Kinesiology within the College of Education and Human Development, serving as Division Chair and Associate Department Head from 2010-2014. He received his Juris Doctor degree from Baylor University Law School in 1976, and his B.S. in Business Administration from Trinity University in 1973. In 2013 he earned a Certificate of Advanced Studies in European Sports Law and Policy presented by the Faculty of Law, University of Leuven, Belgium.

He has practiced law since 1976, primarily in Caldwell, Texas. He has been admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, is licensed to appear in all courts in Texas including the Texas Supreme Court, is a certified Mediator and Arbitrator, and has been elected a Life Fellow in the Texas Bar Foundation. Dr. Batista has also served as County Judge of Burleson County, Texas, handling the administrative duties of the County, as well as presiding over the County Court hearing civil, criminal, juvenile, probate, and other types of cases.

He has taught the Legal Aspects of Sport classes at Texas A&M since 1991. In 2015 he was presented with the Texas A&M Bush Excellence Award for Faculty in International Teaching by the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation. He has also received the Texas A&M Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching, the Student Led Award for Teaching Excellence, and has been named a Montague Center for Teaching Excellence Scholar. His teaching evaluations average 4.9+ on a 5 point scale.

Dr. Batista is a member and Past-President of the Sport and Recreation Law Association, and was named a member of the inaugural class of Research Fellows. In 2015 he was named the recipient of the Betty van der Smissen Leadership Award, the highest award presented by the Sport and Recreation Law Association. His primary research interest is sports related liability issues in school settings, with particular emphasis on First Amendment religion and free speech issues. He has authored 32 research publications and book chapters which have appear in journals such as the Journal of Legal Aspects of Sport, Marquette Sports Law Review, The University of California Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal, The University of Texas Journal of Entertainment and Sport Law, Sport Marketing Quarterly, the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, and the Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, among others. He has delivered over 85 research presentations at numerous conferences, continuing legal education seminars, and Law Schools throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, China, Germany, Ireland, Slovenia and South Korea. He is an affiliated faculty member of the Center for Sport Management Research and Education.

Dr. Batista was a certified athlete agent for 12+ years during his time actively practicing law, and currently serves on the Texas A&M Pro Sports Panel that advises student-athletes contemplating a career as a professional athlete.

He also leads the 5-week Sport Business in Europe study abroad to Germany and Austria each summer, and the spring graduate student Munich Sport Business program in association with the Munich Business School.


Webpage: http://batista.tamu.edu

Area(s) of Emphasis
Sport Management Program
Research Interests
First Amendment Issues in Sport
Legal Aspects of Sport
Liability Issues in School Settings
Liability Issues in Sport and Recreation
Publications (journal articles, books, book chapters)*

1. Batista, P.J. (2014). Sport industry and the law. In A. Gillentine & R. B. Crow (Eds.), Foundations of sport management (3rd ed., pp. 203-220). Morgantown, WV: Fitness Information Technology.

2. Batista, P.J. (2013). Transportation. In D. J. Cotton & J. T. Wolohan (Eds.), Law for recreation and sport managers (6th ed., pp. xx-xx). Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company

3. Batista, P.J. and Gaskin, L.P. (2013). Supervision. In D. J. Cotton & J. T. Wolohan (Eds.), Law for recreation and sport managers (6th ed., pp. xx-xx). Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company

4. Batista, P.J. (2013). Title IX Cheerleading Case Earns School District [48]1CThree Cheers[48]1D from Fifth Circuit. The Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, 84 (1) 14-5

5. *Bouchet, A., Batista, P.J., & *Hutchinson, M. (2012). The Effectiveness of Early Termination Clauses in University Coaching Contracts: Why Coach Franchione Wasn't as Successful as Coach O'Brien. Applied Research in Coaching and Athletics Annual, 27 147-163 *

6. Osborne, B. & Batista, P.J. (2012). Time Out! Federal Court Decision Clarifies Ownership of Broadcast Rights in High School Sports Events. Sport Marketing Quarterly, (20(1) 53-55

7. Batista, P.J. (2010). Transportation. In D. J. Cotton & J. T. Wolohan (Eds.), Law for recreation and sport managers (5th ed., pp. 178-189). Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company.

8. Clark, R.S. & Batista, P.J. (2009). Are female coaches held to a higher standard of athletics compliance? The theory of planned behavior and NCAA Division I (FBS) major recruiting infractions. Journal of Contemporary Athletics, 4(1), 13-22

9. Batista, P.J. (2009). Criticizing the Coach: Free Speech, Defamation, or Privileged Communication? The Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, 80 (1) 9-10

10. Clark, R.S. & Batista, P.J. (2009). Do BCS national championships lead to recruiting violations? A trend analysis of NCAA Division I (FBS) infractions. Journal of Sport Administration and Supervision, 1(1), 8-22

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* Publication was joint-authored with students
Diss Publication was from a dissertation
ROS Publication was from a record of study

College of Education and Human Development Grants and Contracts (Current)

Catapult Round 2 - Follow-up Snook ISD as a CEHD Lab School Project Mission (Funded amount $30,345). (Co-PI)
TAMU College of Education & Human Development (State)
2016/05/01 - 2017/05/31
Total Funding: 0.
Teaching Awards
2011 - 2012 Teacher of the Year, Sport Management Division, Department of Health and Kinesiology; 2008 Student Led Award for Teaching Excellence (SLATE); 2006 - 2007 Teacher of the Year, Sport Management Division, Department of Health and Kinesiology; 2003 - 2004 Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching; 2003 - 2004 Montague Center for Teaching Excellence Scholar Award; 2002 - 2003 Nominated by College of Education and Human Development for the Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching; 2000 - 2001 Teacher of the Year, Department of Health and Kinesiology, Division of Kinesiology
Courses Taught
2016 - 2017
SPMT 421, SPMT 481, SPMT 655
2015 - 2016
SPMT 337, SPMT 340, SPMT 421, SPMT 482, SPMT 485, SPMT 655, SPMT 685
2014 - 2015
SPMT 421, SPMT 482, SPMT 483, SPMT 655, SPMT 685
2013 - 2014
SPMT 340, SPMT 421, SPMT 483, SPMT 655, SPMT 684, SPMT 337, SPMT 482, SPMT 485, SPMT 683, SPMT 685
2012 - 2013
SPMT 337, SPMT 340, SPMT 482, SPMT 485, SPMT 683, SPMT 684, SPMT 421, SPMT 483, SPMT 655
2011 - 2012
SPMT 421, SPMT 482, SPMT 485, SPMT 683, SPMT 684, SPMT 685
2010 - 2011
SPMT 337, SPMT 340, SPMT 421, SPMT 482, SPMT 483, SPMT 485, SPMT 683, SPMT 684, SPMT 685, UGST 181
2009 - 2010
SPMT 337, SPMT 421, SPMT 482, SPMT 483, SPMT 485, SPMT 489, SPMT 683, SPMT 684, SPMT 685, SPMT 691, UPAS 181
2008 - 2009
KINE 681, KINE 682, KINE 684, KINE 685, KINE 691, SPMT 421, SPMT 482, SPMT 485
2007 - 2008
KINE 337, KINE 421, KINE 483, KINE 484, KINE 485, KINE 655, KINE 683, KINE 684, KINE 685, KINE 692, KINE 285
2006 - 2007
KINE 337, KINE 421, KINE 483, KINE 484, KINE 485, KINE 683, KINE 684, KINE 685, KINE 692, KINE 285
2005 - 2006
KINE 421, KINE 485, KINE 655, KINE 683, KINE 684, KINE 685, KINE 692
2004 - 2005
KINE 421, KINE 655, KINE 684, KINE 692
2003 - 2004
KINE 421, KINE 485, KINE 655, KINE 683, KINE 684, KINE 685
2002 - 2003
KINE 421, KINE 484, KINE 655, KINE 681, KINE 684, KINE 685
2001 - 2002
KINE 421, KINE 484, KINE 485, KINE 655
2000 - 2001
KINE 421, KINE 484, KINE 655, KINE 685
Former Doctoral Students
Lance Hatfield (Summer, 2008), Ed.D.
Robert Clark (Spring, 2010), Ph.D.
Editorial Positions

Editorial Board Member (2001 - ). Journal of Legal Aspects of Sport

Professional Leadership/Service (International/National)

(2005). Secretary.  Sport and Recreation Law Association

(2005). Nominating Committee.  Sport and Recreation Law Association

Awards

(2013). Honor Award.  Sport and Recreation Law Association

(2003-2004). Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching.  Association of Former Students

(2003-2004). Montague Center for Teaching Excellence Scholar. 

(2002). Teacher of the Year.  Department of Health and Kinesiology TAMU

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