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Baltimore Law’s 2011 Pro Sports Symposium

What: University of Baltimore School of Law 2011 Pro Sports Symposium

When: Thursday, February 10, 2011 (10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

Where: Venable Baetjer Howard Moot Court Room at the Angelos Law Center (map)


9:30 – 10 am
Continental breakfast will be served for attendees in the lobby of the law center.

10-10:45 am
Welcome remarks

  • Phillip J. Closius, Dean, University of Baltimore School of Law

Implementing the NBA’s Salary Cap and Collective Bargaining Agreement

  • Andre Walters, J.D. ’05, Senior director of legal affairs, Charlotte Bobcats
  • Michael Winger, Assistant general manager/legal and administration, Oklahoma City Thunder

10:45 am – 12 pm
Negotiating Professional Football’s Collective Bargaining Agreement

  • Richard Berthelsen, General counsel, National Football League Players’ Association
  • Dennis Curran, Senior vice president and general counsel, National Football League

12 – 1:15 pm
Lunch will be served for attendees.

Luncheon Speaker
Managing a Professional Baseball Team in the Free Agency Era

  • Andy MacPhail, President of baseball operations, Baltimore Orioles

1:15 – 1:30 pm

1:30 – 3 pm
The Many Facets of a Professional Football Team
Influential sports agent and UB Law alumnus Tom Condon, J.D. ’81, will be joined by Will Witherspoon, linebacker for the Tennessee Titans, and other panelists involved in the day-to-day negotiations and operations of professional football teams for this discussion.

Cost: Free (RSVP)

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.