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NYU School Of Law IPELS Sports Law Panel

What: Panel – From Bird to Brady: Collective Bargaining in American Sports

When: April 13, 2011, 12:30 – 1:45 pm

Where: Greenberg Lounge, Vanderbilt Hall (map)

The biggest and most challenging issue facing American sports leagues today isn’t criminality, career-threatening injuries, or even performance-enhancing drugs – it’s collective bargaining.  The stakes are high – for players, franchises and most of all fans.  These issues have caused shortened seasons in the NBA and MLB, an entirely cancelled season in the NHL, and now threaten to delay the most profitable sport in the world – the NFL.


  • James Quinn, Partner, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP and outside counsel for NFL players in the Brady v. NFL lawsuit
  • L. Robert Batterman, Partner, Proskauer Rose LLP and outside counsel for the NFL and NBA
  • Russ Granik, former NBA Deputy Commissioner
  • Jon Wertheim, Senior Writer, Sports Illustrated
  • Robert Boland, clinical associate professor of Sports Management, NYU Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management


  • Jack Ford, CBS Legal Analyst
Cost: Free. RSVP here.



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.