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2013 Harvard Law School Sports Law Symposium

The 2013 Harvard Sports Law Symposium focuses on "The Fan".
The 2013 Harvard Sports Law Symposium focuses on “The Fan”.

What: 2013 Harvard Law School Sports Law Symposium – The Evolution of the Fan

When: Thursday, March 28, 2013

Where: Harvard Law School, Milstein West in Wasserstein Hall


The 2013 Sports Symposium will focus on evolving consumer experiences in the sports marketplace.  Panels composed of executives from teams, leagues, and sports media outlets as well as law partners with prominent sports practices will address the business and legal challenges faced by the industry in each of three media contexts: the Stadium Experience, the Television Experience, and the Internet Experience. Ken Hershman, President of HBO Sports, will present a keynote address on cutting edge efforts to meet the demands of the modern sports fan.


11:45am – 12:00pm: Opening Remarks Lunch
  • CSEL Board
  • Professor Peter Carfagna, Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School
12:00: The Stadium Experience
  • Marc Edelman:  Associate Professor of Law, Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law; Fordham Univeristy (Moderator)
  • Len Komoroski: CEO, Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Jim Holzman: Founder & CEO, Ace Ticket Worldwide, Inc.*
  • Jeff Miller: VP & Chief Security Officer, NFL
  • Jon Oram: Partner, Proskauer Rose LLP – Sports Law Group
1:15: The Television Experience
  • Michael McCann: Director of Sports and Entertainment Law Institute; Professor of Law, University of New Hampshire School of Law (Moderator)
  • Gary Zenkel: President, NBC Olympics*
  • Ed Durso: EVP of Administration, ESPN
  • Tom Ward: Partner, WilmerHale*
  • Ed Weiss: GC, Fenway Sports Group; NESN
2:30: Keynote Address: Ken Hershman, Ken Hershman, President of HBO Sports, will present a keynote address on cutting edge efforts to meet the demands of the modern sports fan.

3:30: The Internet Experience

  • Patrick Rishe: Director, Sportsimpacts; Associate Professor of Economics, George Herbert Walker School of Business, Webster University; Contributor, Forbes Magazine (Moderator)*
  • Mary K. Braza: Partner, Foley & Lardner – Sports Industry Team
  • Anthony D’Imperio: EVP, IMG
  • Lauren Fisher: GC, Vox Media/SBNation
  • Lucia McKelvey: EVP, Top Rank, Inc.
  • Scott Doyne: VP, Turner/NBA Digital

5:00: Networking Reception, Drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and dessert will be served

*Awaiting Confirmation

Cost: Free. 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.