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Amateurism, Pay For Play Topics Highlight Inaugural Penn Law Sports Law Symposium

What: Inaugural Penn Law Sports Law Symposium

When: Friday, February 28, 2014

Where: University of Pennsylvania Law School, Michael A. Fitts Auditorium

About: The day-long discussion at the Inaugural Penn Law Sports Law Symposium will address the increasingly murky transition from amateur to professional status in sports.  This timely issue impacts the legal, ethical, and socio-economic landscape of American society.  The symposium will consist of four panels filled with noteworthy speakers from such organizations as the NCAA and the NFLPA and a keynote address delivered by Jim Delany, Commissioner of the Big Ten Conference.


9:00 – 9:45      Light Breakfast

9:50 – 10:15    Opening Remarks 

  • Rand Getlin, Reporter, Legal Analyst, Yahoo! Sports

10:20 – 11:20  Panel 1 — Why Amateur Status Matters

  • Moderator: Kenneth L. Shropshire, Wharton School of Business; Faculty Director, Wharton Sports Business Initiative; Special Counsel Duane Morris LLP
  • Paul Haagen, Duke University School of Law
  • Alan Milstein, Sherman, Silverstein, Kohl, Rose, & Podolsky, P.A.
  • Marc Edelman, Baruch College Zicklin School of Business
  • Glenn Wong, Eisenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts Amherst; President, Sports Lawyers Association
  • Steve Ross, Director, Penn State Institute for Sports Law, Policy & Research

11:35 – 12:35  Panel 2 — Pay for Play? Issues Surrounding The Compensation Of Student Athletes

  • Moderator: Ken Jacobsen, Temple University Beasley School of Law
  • Tim Nevius, Winston & Strawn, LLP; Former Associate Director of Enforcement, NCAA
  • David Williams, Vice Chancellor for University Affairs & Athletics Director, Vanderbilt University
  • Scott Bearby, General Counsel, NCAA
  • Dr. Ellen Staurowsky, Drexel University
  • Amy Perko, Executive Director, Knight Comm. on Intercollegiate Athletics

12:35 – 1:10    Lunch

1:10 – 2:00      Keynote Address, Jim Delany, Big Ten Commissioner

2:15 – 3:15      Panel 3 — Labor & Collective Bargaining Issues Relating To The Bookie Transition In The NFL

  • Moderator: Stephen B. Burbank, David Berger Professor for the Administration of Justice, University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • Andrew Brandt, NFL Business Analyst
  • David Greenspan, Winston & Strawn, LLP
  • Benjamin C. Block, Covington & Burling, LLP
  • Richard Berthelsen, Former Interim Director; General Counsel, NFLPA

3:25 – 4:25      Panel 4 — Agents & Amateurism: Ethical & Legal Concerns In The Relationship Between Player Agents & Student Athletes

  • Moderator: Andrew Brandt, NFL Business Analyst
  • Mark Levin, Director of Salary Cap & Agent Administration, NFLPA
  • David Cornwell, Gordon & Rees, LLP
  • Naima Stevenson, Deputy General Counsel, NCAA
  • Happy Walters, COO, Relativity Media; CEO, Relativity Sport Group

4:25 – 4:40      Closing Remarks  

4:45 – 6:00      Cocktail Reception  

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