Headline Sports Law

Conference On The BCS And The Future Of Big-Time College Football

What: Sports Law Conference on the BCS and Big-Time College Football

When: November 17-18, 2011

Where: Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, California


Opening Session – Antitrust (9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Thursday November 17)

  • Mark Shurtleff, Attorney General of Utah, has initiated the antitrust litigation against the BCS
  • Gordon Schnell, Attorney with Constantine Cannon in NYC
  • James McCurdy, Visiting Professor of Law, University of San Diego
  • Len Simon, antitrust sports lawyer
  • Moderator: Steven Semeraro, antitrust law professor, Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Second Session – Tax and Bowl Issues (2:00 – 5:00 p.m., Thursday November 17)

  • Chad Pehrson, Parr Brown Loveless & Gee in Salt Lake City and co-founder of Playoff PAC
  • Allen R. Sanderson, Senior Lecturer in Economics, University of Chicago
  • David Williams, V.P. Vanderbilt University, also incoming Chair of the NCAA’s Infractions Appeals Committee and member of the Academic Affairs Committee (NCAA)
  • Craig Harris, Arizona Republic, author of major series of articles regarding the bowl system
  • Moderator: Tim Sullivan, San Diego Union

Third Session – Policy 1 (9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Friday, November 18)

  • Kristi Dosh, Sports Business Reporter for ESPN
  • Christian Dennie, Barlow, Garsek and Simon
  • Roy Kramer, former Commissioner of the SEC, “the father of the BCS”
  • Moderator: Randy Grossman, sports lawyer and member of the Board of Trustees for Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Final Session – Policy 2 (2:00 – 5:00 p.m., Friday November 18)

  • Jeff Levine, teaches sports law at the Phoenix College of Law and has written extensively in the area
  • Rodney K. Smith, Director, Sports Law and Policy Center, Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • Moderator: Josh Winneker, Assistant Dean of Career Services, Thomas Jefferson School of Law and College Sports Business News, Sports Law Columnist
Cost: Free for Thomas Jefferson School of Law (TJSL) Students, Faculty and Staff; $25 All Other Students with I.D.; $50 TJSL Alumni; $90 General Public. Register 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.