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4th Annual New York Law School Sports Law Symposium Re-Scheduled For This Month

The 4th Annual New York Law School Sports Law Symposium was supposed to take place on November 2, 2012 (I even wrote about it here), but then Hurricane Sandy became a major storm, caused devastation in New York, and caused the symposium planners to postpone the event.  However, their resolve has been demonstrated, and the event is reborn.  On Friday, February 22, 2013, NYLS will host its 4th Annual Sports Law Symposium, and I promise to be in attendance (absent a natural disaster).

The Symposium will be held at 185 West Broadway, New York, NY [W201 (Events Center)].  While originally I was to speak on both the Intellectual Property Issues in Sports and Breaking Into the Sports Industry panels, the IP panel was scrapped.  I will still be speaking on the Breaking Into the Sports Industry Panel and added the Negotiating Media Rights Acquisitions Panel, as well.

Here is the info provided by NYLS:

Tentative PANELS

12:00 pm – Registration Opens

12:45 pm – Opening Remarks

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Bankruptcy Issues in Sports (1 CLE Credit – Professional Practice (“P.P.”) )

2:15 pm – 3:15 pm – Analysis and Impact of the Concussion Litigation (1 CLE Credit – P.P.)

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm – Negotiating Media Rights Acquisitions (1 CLE Credit – P.P.)

4:45 pm – 5:30 pm – Breaking Into the Sports Industry Q&A

5:30 pm – Networking Reception 


Jodi Balsam, Associate Professor at NYLS; Former Counsel for Operations and Litigation at the NFL

Robert Boland, Professor of Sports Management & Sports Business at New York University 

Robert Erb ’91, CEO at Schutt Sports; Adjunct Professor at New York Law School  

Frank Golding, YouTube Director, Head of Sports for North America at Google 

Frank Hawkins, Partner at Scalar Media Partners; Former SVP Business Affairs at the NFL 

Darren Heitner, Founder of the Sports Agent Blog; Partner at Wolfe Law; Contributor at Forbes Magazine

Jeannine KenneyAssociate Counsel at Hausfeld LLC; Plantiff’s Liason Counsel for NFL concussion litigation

J. Carlos Kuri, Vice President and General Counsel at New York Red Bulls  

Jeffrey Levitan ’83, Partner at Proskauer Rose LLP

Michael McCann, Legal Analysts at SI & NBA TV; Professor & Director of Sports Law Institute at Vermont Law School;  

Matthew Pace, Partner at Arent Fox LLP

Irwin Raij, Partner and co-chair of the Sports Industry Team at Foley & Lardner LLP

Robert Raiola, CPA; Sports & Entertainment Group Manager at Fazio, Mannuzza, Roche, Tankel, LaPilusa, LLC

Frank Saviano, Associate at Proskauer Rose LLP

Alan Schwarz, Reporter at New York Times

David Soskin ’08, Counsel at ESPN, Inc.; Adjunct Professor at New York Law School  

Meredith Wolff, Associate Staff Attorney at NHL Enterprises, L.P.

*panelists subject to change 

By Darren Heitner

Darren Heitner created Sports Agent Blog as a New Year's Resolution on December 31, 2005. Originally titled, "I Want To Be A Sports Agent," the website was founded with the intention of causing Heitner to learn more about the profession that he wanted to join, meet reputable individuals in the space and force himself to stay on top of the latest news and trends.

Heitner now runs Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011-2014, where he created and taught a course titled, Sport Agency Management, which included subjects ranging from NCAA regulations to athlete agent certification and the rules governing the profession. Heitner serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches a Sports Law class that includes case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules.