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2011 Southwestern Law School Sports Law Symposium

I recently received a Tweet from someone asking where there are very few West Coast Sports Law Symposiums.  If you are on the West Coast, this is one you certainly will not want to miss (and I am not just saying that because I am moderating a panel).

What: Business of Amateur Sports Symposium at Southwestern Law School

When: April 8, 2011 (9:15 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.)

Where: Southwestern Law School (map)

The Business of Amateur Sports is a one-day symposium featuring leading experts exploring some of the most timely and important questions facing collegiate sports today: regulation of agents and discipline of student athletes; the latest medical science on sports-related concussions, and how it may impact safety rules and legal liability; media deals and marketing in college sports, including the use of student-athlete names and likenesses; and the federal antitrust implications of college football’s Bowl Championship Series.


9:15 – 10:00 a.m.: Check-in/Coffee

10:00 – 11:30 a.m.: Pre-Professional Athletes in an Amateur World: NCAA Rules, State Laws, Agents and Extra Benefits

  • Bob Myers, NBA Agent, Wasserman Media Group
  • Warren K. Zola, Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs, Boston College’s Carroll School of Management
  • Marc Isenberg, Principal, INsight Sports Business and Author, Money Players: A Guide to Success in Sports, Business & Life for Current and Future Pro Athletes and Go Pro Like A Pro
  • Moderator: Darren Heitner, CEO, Dynasty Athlete Representation and Associate, Koch Parafinczuk & Wolf

11:30 – 11:45 a.m.: Break

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.: Concussions, Law and Amateur Sports: Implications of Emerging Medical Science for the Regulation of Student Athlete Safety

  • Dr. Jason P. Mihalik, Assistant Professor, Department of Exercise and Sport Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Daniel E. Lazaroff, Director, Loyola Law Sports Institute, Professor of Law and Leonard Cohen Chair in Law and Economics, Loyola Law School
  • Moderator: David Fagundes, Associate Professor of Law, Southwestern Law School

1:00 – 2:30 p.m.: Lunch and Special Guest Conversation

  • Jim Harrick, Former NCAA Basketball Head Coach and Broadcaster, in conversation with Jeff Fellenzer, Adjunct Professor, USC’s Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism

2:45 – 4:15 p.m.: Big Brands and Bigger Budgets: Marketing, Merchandising and Media Rights in College Sports

  • Alonzo (“Al”) Wickers, IV, Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine
  • Stuart M. Paynter, The Paynter Law Firm
  • Jeremy Langer, Vice President Collegiate Sports and Rights Acquisitions, Fox Sports
  • Moderator: Debbie Spander, Vice President, Business Affairs, MTV Entertainment and Director, Sports Lawyers Association

4:15 – 4:30 p.m.: Break

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.: The BCS and Competition: An Antitrust Analysis of College Football’s Bowl Championship Series

  • Gary R. Roberts, Dean and Gerald L. Bepko Professor of Law, Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis
  • Alan G. Fishel, Partner, Arent Fox
  • William (“Tripp”) L. Monts, III, Partner, Hogan Lovells
  • Moderator: Vered Yakovee, Law Offices of Vered N. Yakovee and Adjunct Associate Professor of Law, Southwestern Law School

5:30 – 7:00 p.m.: Cocktail Reception

Cost: $85 (General admission), $25 (Students). Register here. 6 CLE credits offered.

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.

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