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The Constitutional Dimensions of Sports Franchise Takings: Lessons Learned from the Baltimore Colts

By Travis Bullock


This paper chronicles the history of the Baltimore Colts up to and during that franchises’ relocation from Baltimore City to Indianapolis. Although Baltimore City attempted to prevent the relocation by taking the franchise through eminent domain, the Colts were no longer subject to Maryland’s, and therefore the city’s, jurisdiction. By moving, the Colts exposed an important limitation on State eminent domain authority; that condemned property must be located within a state’s territory in order to be subject to eminent domain. Further, the commerce clause would likely have prevented the city from condemning the Colts

Topics: eminent domain, takings – sports franchises, dormant commerce clause, Constitutional Law, Law, Legal History
Publisher: DigitalCommons@UM Carey Law
Year: 2015
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