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1st Annual NYU School Of Law Sports Law Symposium

What: First Annual New York University School of Law Sports Law Symposium

When: March 23, 2012 (10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)

Where: Vanderbilt Hall, 40 Washington Square South, New York, New York


Collective Bargaining and Labor Relations (10:00 am – 11:50 am)
What is the topic occupying most sports attorneys lately? Drug testing? Crime? No, it’s collective bargaining and labor relations. Fresh off prolonged lockouts in the NFL and NBA and a peaceful CBA negotiating process in MLB, experts and participants in past, present, and future negotiations come to NYU Law to discuss their experiences and highlight problems looming ahead.

Rob Manfred, Executive Vice President of Labor Relations, Major League Baseball
Russ Granik, former NBA Deputy Commissioner
Charles Grantham, former National Basketball Player’s Association Executive Director
Bruce Meyer, Partner, Weil, Gotshal & Manges
Moderator: Dana Jacobson, ESPN anchorwoman

Keynote Address – The Role of the Commissioner (12:00 pm – 1:00 pm)
Gary Bettman ’77, NHL Commissioner

The Role of Lawyers in Franchise Sports Teams and Leagues (2:00 pm – 4:30 pm)
Lawyers play a huge role in the every day happenings in sports franchises and leagues, including managing the salary cap, contracting with a facility, and buying and selling teams. Hear from some of the foremost lawyers who deal with these important tasks on a regular basis.

Ari Nissim, Director of Football Administration, New York Jets
Russ Granik, Vice Chairman, Galatioto Sports Partners
More speakers to be announced.
Moderator: Robert Boland, Academic Chair and Professor of Sports Management, NYU Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism & Sports Management

Reception to follow.

Cost: Free. CLE Credits Available. 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.