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Amateur Hour: The Commercialization of College Athletics Panel at UMass

What: Association of Diversity in Sport (ADS) Panel – ‘Amateur Hour: The Commercialization of College Athletics’

When: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 (5:00 p.m.)

Where: University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Student Union Ballroom

Amateur Hour will touch on many polarizing topics surrounding the current collegiate sports landscape.  Some of the topics covered will be conference realignments, illegal benefits for students, the overspending of athletic departments, and academic eligibility and what that means for the student-athlete.


  • Glenn Wong, sport law professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Kevin Blackistone, veteran sports columnist, frequent panelist on ESPN’s Around the Horn, and journalism professor at the University of Maryland
  • Andrew Zimbalist, renowned sport economist and economics professor at Smith College
  • Jackie Campbell, NCAA Director of Division I

For more information, contact Richard Goldstein at [email protected].

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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.