The Ownership of Professional Sports Leagues as a Business Law Problem

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Ralph K. Winter was appointed United States Circuit judge for the Second Circuit on December 10, 1981, and entered on duty January 5, 1982. He received a B.A. from Yale College in 1957 and an LL.B. from Yale Law School in 1960. He served as a law clerk to Judge Caleb M. Wright, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court, Delaware, from 1960 to 1961, and to Judge Thurgood Marshall, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, from 1961 to 1962.

Judge Winter was a full-time member of the Yale Law School faculty from 1962 until entering Judicial service. At the time of his appointment, he was the William K. Townsend Professor of Law. He was also a consultant to the Subcommittee of Separation of Powers, Committee on the Judiciary, U.S. Senate, from 1968 to 1972; a Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institute, Washington, D.C., from 1968 to 1970; a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow from 1971 to 1972; and an Adjutant Scholar, American Enterprise Institute, from 1972 to 1981.

From 1987 to 1992, he served as a member of the Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Civil Rules. He served as chair of the Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on the Rules of Evidence from 1992 to 1996. From July 1, 1997, to September 30, 2000, Judge Winter served as Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. In April 1998 he was appointed to the Executive Committee of the U.S. Judicial Conference. From October 1999 to September 2000, Judge Winter served as chair of the Executive Committee. On October 1, 2000, he took senior judge status.

Judge Winter has received the Connecticut Law Review Award, honorary doctorates of law from Brooklyn Law School and New York Law School, the Federal Bar Council 's Learned Hand Award for Excellence in Federal Jurisprudence, and the Yale Law School Alumni Association's Award of Merit.

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