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Maryland Law Presents “The Intersection of Sports and Business in Today’s Legal Arena”

What: Symposium – “The Intersection of Sports and Business in Today’s Legal Arena”

When: Monday, October 3, 2011 (9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.)

Where: Ceremonial Moot Court Room, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law (map)

Panel discussions on stadium development, the legality the Bowl Championship Series, and athlete images/media rights.  Ed Durso, Executive Vice President, Administration for ESPN, is currently scheduled to give a luncheon keynote address. Additionally, Jay Bilas, ESPN commentator and analyst, will also speak and moderate a panel discussion.


  • 9:30 – 9:35: Welcome from JBTL/EASL members
  • 9:35 – 10:20: A discussion with N. Jeremi Duru, visiting Associate Professor of Law, University of Maryland School of Law, about equal opportunity in sports.
  • 10:20 – 11:00: Opening Remarks from moderator Jay Bilas, ESPN commentator and analyst
  • 11:00 – 12:30 p.m.: Complex Sports Transactions: Stadium Development Panel
  • Stan Kasten, Former President of the Washington Nationals, Atlanta Braves and Atlanta Hawks
  • Irwin Kishner, Partner, Herrick, Feinstein
  • Irwin Raij, Partner, Foley & Lardner
  • Paul Tiburzi, Partner, DLA Piper
  • 12:30 – 1:00: Lunch and message from Dean Phoebe Haddon
  • 1:00 – 2:00: Keynote speech by Edwin Durso, Executive Vice President, Administration for ESPN
  • 2:15 – 2:30: Introduction to the afternoon panels from moderator Dionne Koller, Associate Professor of Law, University of Baltimore School of Law
  • 2:30 – 4:00: Bowl Championship Series Panel
    • Alan Fishel, Partner, Arent Fox
    • Philip Hochberg, Law Offices of Philip R. Hochberg
    • Josephine (Jo) Potuto, Professor, University of Nebraska College of Law
    • Robert Wierenga, Principal, Miller Canfield
  • 4:15 – 5:15: Athlete Images/Media Rights Panel
    • Ronald Katz, Partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips
    • Michael McCann, Director of the Sports Law Institute and Professor of Law, Vermont Law School
  • 5:15 – 5:30 Closing Remarks from Dionne Koller
  • RVSP HERE if you are interested in attending.

    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.