Brentwood Academy v. Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Assn.

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Brentwood Academy v. Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Assn.
Court Supreme Court of the United States
Citation
Date decided February 20, 2001

Facts

Brentwood Academy is a private school.

The Association is a private entity with members made up of public & private schools.

The Association (Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Assn.) penalized Brentwood Academy for informing incoming students about spring football practice.

Issues

When can the actions of a private entity be regarded as state action?

Holding

The private entity becomes a state actor whose activities may be challenged if

  1. the private actor receives significant encouragement from the state.
  2. the state has coercive power over the private entity
  3. the private entity participates in joint activities with the state government.

Rule

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