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2010 Spring Sports Law Symposium at Harvard Law School

What: Spring 2010 Harvard Sports Law Symposium

When: Friday, March 26, 2010 (12 p.m. – 8 p.m.)

Where: Pound Hall at Harvard Law School (map)

Cost: Free (my favorite price)

The theme for the symposium is “Operating in the Shadow of Upcoming Collective Bargaining Negotiations.”  Each of the panels and the keynote address will shed light on the key issues facing each league as it approaches the expiration of its collective bargaining agreement.  In addition to discussing the key issues that will need to be resolved to avoid a labor stoppage in each league, the symposium will explore how the labor uncertainty is affecting current operations within each league, and how any sort of a labor stoppage might affect the short-term and long-term interests of each league.  In exploring each of these issues, the participants will draw from their varied backgrounds to fully understand what is at stake for the leagues, teams, unions, players, and other entities close to the game.  The agenda seems to mirror that of the 2010 UF Sports Law Symposium.


Sports Legacy Institute Kickoff Luncheon (12:00-1:00 – Pound 334/335)

  • Chris Nowinski, President and CEO, Sports Legacy Institute
  • Sean Morey, Arizona Cardinals
  • Isaiah Kacyvenski, Retired NFL Player
  • Christian Fauria, Retired NFL Player
  • George Atallah, Assistant Executive Director for External Affairs, NFLPA
  • Moderator: Professor Peter Carfagna, Harvard Law School

NFL (1:15-2:30 – Pound 101)

  • Adolpho Birch, Vice President of Law and Labor Policy, NFL
  • David Feher, Partner, Dewey & LeBoeuf
  • Neil Cornrich, President, NC Sports
  • Sarah Stuart, Senior Counsel, Reebok
  • Moderator: Professor Michael McCann, Vermont Law School

NBA (2:45-4:00 – Pound 101)

  • Jeffrey Mishkin, Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
  • Hal Biagas, Executive Vice President of Management, Wasserman Media Group
  • Michael Zarren, Assistant General Manager and Team Counsel, Boston Celtics
  • Matthew Hong, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Turner Sports
  • Robert Tilliss, CEO, Inner Circle Sports
  • Moderator: Professor Peter Carfagna, Harvard Law School

Keynote (4:15-4:45 – Pound 101)

  • Robert Manfred, Executive Vice President for Labor Relations, MLB

MLB (5:00-6:15 – Pound 101)

  • Daniel Halem, Senior Vice President, General Counsel for Labor, MLB
  • Derek Jackson, Vice President and General Counsel, Florida Marlins
  • David Prouty, Chief Labor Counsel, MLBPA
  • Timothy Slavin, Assistant General Counsel, MLBPA
  • Joseph Rosen, Partner, Brown & Rosen
  • Moderator: Jimmy Golen, Associated Press

Reception (6:30 – 8:00 – Austin West Rotunda)

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.