Coaches Sports Law

Florida Coastal School of Law Sports Symposium

What: Symposium – “NCAA Coaches’ Contracts: Diversity and Negotiating Value in the 21st Century”

Where: Florida Coastal School of Law Room 405

When: Friday, April 17 (10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.)


10:30 am – Noon: Ethnic and Gender Issues in NCAA Hiring

Panelists will discuss the topic of diversity in the hiring of college coaches, including the following issues:  (1) Does the Rooney Rule have application in college to increase minority football head coaches at NCAA’s highest level? (2) How does the NCAA view the challenges and solutions regarding minority and gender equity? (3) Are boosters unduly influential in hiring and firing coaches to the disproportionate detriment of minority coaches? and (4) Is Title VII a viable remedy?

  • Moderator, Roger Groves – Associate Professor of Law, Florida Coastal School of Law
  • Kristen Galles – Civil rights attorney and Title IX expert
  • Floyd A. Keith – Executive Director, Black Coaches and Administrators
  • Kenneth L. Shropshire – The David W. Hauck Professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

Noon – 1:00: Lunch provided

1:00 – 2:30 pm: Maximizing Value for the Coach

Panelists will discuss the various issues that arise in negotiating and structuring college coaches contracts from the perspective of both the university and coach, including compensation and the various types of compensation, for cause termination, tax ramifications, and liquidated damages/buyout clauses.

  • Moderator, Rick Karcher – Associate Professor of Law and Director, Florida Coastal School of Law Center for Law and Sports
  • Robert H. Lattinville – Partner, Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP
  • Terry Don Phillips – Athletic Director, Clemson University
  • Randall W. Spetman – Athletic Director, Florida State University
  • Bennett H. Speyer – Member, Eastman & Smith LTD

Cost: Free.  To register, please call (904) 680-7743 or email [email protected].

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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.