Sports Law

Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law Symposium

What: Symposium: Lights, Labor, Action: Labor Controversy in the Sports and Entertainment Industries.

Where: Flynn Auditorium, Vanderbilt University Law School.  See map.

When: Friday, March 13, 2009 – 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.


  • 9:00-9:50 am: Registration & Continental Breakfast
  • 10-11:30 am: NCAA Panel (Student-Athlete or Student-Employee? The Relationship Between the NCAA, Universities, and Student Athletes)
    • David Cohen, Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP
    • William King, III, Lightfoot, Franklin & White
    • Gene Marsh, Professor of Law, University of Alabama Law School
    • Naima Stevenson, Assistant General Counsel, NCAA
    • David Williams, Vice Chancellor for University Affairs, General Counsel and Secretary, Vanderbilt University
  • 12-1:00 pm: Keynote Speaker Jonathan Handel, Like Scorpions in a Silicon Cage: How Hollywood Management and Labor Fought While Content’s Kingdom was Slipping Away
  • 1:30-2:45 pm: NFL Panel (Sweat Equity: Contracting with Players and Coaches in the NFL)
    • Anthony Agnone, Eastern Athletic Services
    • Dennis Cordell, Founder of Coaches, Inc.; Former Staff Counsel for the NFLPA and Asst. Exec. Dir. of NFL Coaches Association
    • Rick Karcher, Assoc. Prof. of Law and Dir., Ctr. for Law and Sports, Florida Coastal School of Law
    • Steve Underwood, General Counsel, Tennessee Titans
  • 3:15-4:30 pm: Music Panel (Maintaining the Musician: Protecting Music, Image, and Technology Today)
    • Joseph F. Brazil, Loeb & Loeb; Former Vice President of Business Affairs for EMI Music
    • Elizabeth Gregory, The Law Offices of Elizabeth V. Gregory, P.C.
    • Ken Sanney, Day & Blair, PC, and Adjunct Prof. in the Department of Recording Industry, College of Mass Communication at Middle Tennessee State University
    • Cheryl Slay, Solo Practitioner and Asst. Prof. of Music Business at Belmont University in the Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business
  • 4:30-5:30 pm: Closing Remarks & Reception

Cost: Five hours of CLE credit will be available for an $85 fee (for the whole day), which includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Email Emily Creditt ([email protected]) for more information.

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.