Headline Sports Law

Yale Sports Law Panel

What: Panel – Sports and the Law: Current Issues

When: Tuesday, April 13, 2010 (6:10 – 8:00 p.m.)

Where: Room 120 of  Yale Law School

Cost: Free, but must show a Student ID (from any school)

Discussion will include compensation for ex-college athletes and retired athletes; American Needle v. NFL; new media and licensing issues; the effectiveness of revenue sharing, salary caps, and luxury taxes; age limits, drafts, and other restrictions on player eligibility; player safety and neurological issues; personal conduct policies and player discipline, and strategies employed by leagues and players’ associations to lobby Congress and respond to Congressional inquiries/threats.

Moderator: MICHAEL MCCANN (Professor at Vermont Law School; Legal Analyst at Sports Illustrated)

  • HENRY ABBOTT (Senior Writer,; Founder of TrueHoop, a blog dissecting the people, statistics, business, and bric-a-brac of the NBA)
  • KEN GORDON (Counsel, ESPN, Disney, and ESPN Media Networks)
  • JASON LEVIEN (General Counsel and Assistant General Manager, Sacramento Kings; Adjunct Professor of Sports Law, UC Berkeley Law School; former NBA and NFL agent)
  • TIFFANY MORRIS (Legal Counsel, The Kraft Group, New England Patriots, New England Revolution, Gillette Stadium, and Patriot Place)
  • CHRIS PARK (Vice President of Labor Economics and Labor Counsel, Major League Baseball)

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.