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Mike Madison on Soccer, Law & Technology

Season 1, Ep. 643

In this episode, Michael J. Madison, Professor of Law and John E. Murray Faculty Scholar at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, discusses his article "Fair Play: Notes on the Algorithmic Soccer Referee," which will be published in the Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment & Technology Law. Madison begins by explaining how the rules of soccer or "football" give the referee a degree of discretion absent from other professional sports. He observes that the introduction of video playback is changing how the rules of soccer are administers, and he reflects on what the "polycentric" decisionmaking of soccer can tell us about integrating AI and other technology into the law.

This episode was hosted by Brian L. Frye, Spears-Gilbert Professor of Law at the University of Kentucky College of Law. Frye is on Twitter at @brianlfrye.

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