Cardozo Sports Law Symposium


March 28, 2014 -
9:00am to 4:00pm

You are cordially invited to the

Second Annual Cardozo Sports Law Symposium

Friday, March 28

9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Jacob Burns Moot Court Room
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
55 Fifth Avenue (at 12th Street)
New York, NY 10003

NY CLE: 6.0 Credits in the Category "Areas of Professional Practice"

Students (With a Valid Student ID): Free
Cardozo Alumni: $45
The Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law (EASL) Section of New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) Members: $45
Non-Alumni: $55

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Time: 9:00 AM - 9:15 AM

Opening Remarks
Time: 9:15 AM - 9:30 AM

Panel: Internationalization and the Growth of Professional Sports Abroad
Time: 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Moderator: Terry Lefton (Editor-At-Large for the Sports Business Journal/Sports Business Daily)

Panelists: Olivier Manigat (Cardozo ’08, Counsel at Major League Soccer), Andrew Kipper (Golf Agent at Excel Sports Management), Hymie Elhai (General Counsel for New York Jets), Mike Tannenbaum (President at Priority Sports - Coaches, Front Office & Broadcasters)

Over the past decade, the NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB have increased their focus on expanding their sports abroad, including hosting regular season games in countries such as England, Australia, Mexico, Czech Republic and Sweden.  This panel will focus on the ever-increasing sprawl of United States professional sports into countries not traditionally considered to be hotspots for the sports.  What legal issues do these games abroad present?  What are the implications of potentially hosting a Super Bowl in London or perhaps even placing a team or a division in England?  Aside from the obvious issues of travel, what legal concerns would there be for players and the league alike by playing abroad?  Our panel will answer these questions and more through their diverse experiences and insider knowledge.

Panel: Unionization in Professional and Collegiate Sports
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Moderator: Dan Silverman (Labor Law Professor at Cardozo School of Law and former Regional Director of the NLRB New York Office)

Panelists: Joel Litvin (President of League Operations National Basketball Association), Hal Biagas (General Counsel of Excel Sports Management), Jason Belzer (Founder and President of Global Athletes Management Enterprise ("GAME") Inc.), Robert Boland (Academic Chair of the Sports Management Program at New York University), Charles Grantham (Former Executive Director National Basketball Player's Association, Adjunct Professor Sports Management Program at New York University)

This panel will focus on the recurring strife between unions and management in professional and collegiate sports. In particular, the discussion will focus on the recent movement by collegiate football players at Northwestern University to unionize for the purposes of obtaining compensation, benefits and a collective voice in dealing with the National Collegiate Athletic Association ("NCAA"). Are Northwestern University football players to be considered employees? This is the main question that the National Labor Relations Board must answer and that our esteemed panel will weigh in on.

Networking Lunch
Time: 12:20 PM - 1:35 PM

Panel: The Legal Implications Behind the World’s Largest Sporting Events
Time: 1:45 PM - 3:00 PM

Moderator: Ayala Deutsch (Cardozo School of Law Adjunct Professor, Senior Vice President and Chief Intellectual Property Counsel National Basketball Association)

Panelists: Jeff Gewirtz (Vice President Business Affairs and Chief Legal Officer Brooklyn Nets), Mark Stefanacci (General Counsel MetLife Stadium), Alison Wagner (Senior Counsel National Hockey League), Mark Holtzman (Executive Director, Non-Baseball Events, New York Yankees)

The legal issues stemming from a regular-season or post-season game are well documented. This panel will focus on the bigger events in sports such as the Super Bowl, the Olympics, the Winter Classic, the Pinstripe Bowl and more.  What legal issues do these more intricate events present?  What type of legal manpower is necessary to successfully run one?  Our panel of heavy hitters will tackle these questions, and more, through describing their experiences planning such events.

Panel: The Rising Popularity of Participating in Fantasy Sports Leagues for Cash
Time: 3:10 PM - 4:25 PM

Moderator: Michael Graif (Cardozo School of Law Adjunct Professor, Partner Curtis, Mallet-Provost, Colt & Mosle)

Panelists: Marc Edelman, (Associate Professor of Law at Baruch College and Sports Lawyer), Brian Schwartz (Founder and CEO Draftstreet), Christopher LaVigne, (Counsel Shearman & Sterling LLP), Tom Griffiths (Co-Founder Fanduel)

This panel will focus on the legal implications resulting from the popularity and development of fantasy sports and fantasy sports websites. In particular, this panel will focus on the emerging legal, social, and economic impacts arising from the multi-billion dollar fantasy sports industry as well as the distinction between daily fantasy leagues and season-long fantasy leagues.


Sponsored by: Cardozo Sports Law Society, Sports & Entertainment Law Students Association, Office of Career Services, Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal, Labor and Employment Law Society, Intellectual Property Law Society, The Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law (EASL) Section of New York State Bar Association (NYSBA).





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