SLA 39th Annual Conference 2013

16-18 May 2013, Atlanta Published 29 April 2013

SLA 39th Annual Conference 2013

The SLA Annual Conference is designed for attorneys, agents, representatives of professional athletes, professional sports teams and leagues, players associations, stadium and arena authorities, and companies tangentially involved with amateur sports; students and professors of sports law; educators; and all others generally interested in the field of sports law.

  • Legal Impact of Head Trauma on Professional Athletes
  • Defending Athletes in Criminal and Administrative Disciplinary Matters
  • Roundtable: Current Legal Issues in the War on Sports "Doping"
  • When Universities Fail: The Legal Ethics of Penn State and its Aftermath
  • New Media: Legal Implications of the Growth of Twitter, Streaming, and iPads on Sports Brands, Media Rights, and Delivery
  • Current Legal Issues in Motorsports
  • General Counsels' Forum
  • Executive Directors' Forum
  • An Overview of Recent Legal Developments in Sports
  • NFLPA Certified Contract Advisor Session
  • Breaking Into the Sports Law Industry
  • The Internationalization of Sports: Successes and Legal Pitfalls of US Sports Expanding into Europe and European Sports into the US

To book your place at the biggest sports law conference in the US visit: https://www.sportslaw.org/events/conference.cfm.

Regular/Associate $675
Non-member $920
Law Educator $575
Law Educator Non-Member* $690
Law Student $200
Law Student Non-Member* $300


Schedule 

Thursday, May 16

 

9:00 am – 6:15 pm

Registration

 

12:15 pm – 12:25 pm

SLA 2012 ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

Anthony J. Agnone, Eastern Athletic & Media Services, Sparks, MD SLA President

 

12:25 pm – 12:30 pm

OPENING REMARKS

Wm. David Cornwell, Sr., Gordon & Rees LLP, Atlanta, GA 2013 Annual Conference Chair

 

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

AN OVERVIEW OF RECENT LEGAL DEVELOPMENTS IN SPORTS

Gary R. Roberts, Dean and Professor of Law, Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis, IN

2:00 pm – 3:15 pm

LEGAL IMPACT OF HEAD TRAUMA ON PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES

Moderator

Robert E. Wallace, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP, Saint Louis, MO

Panelists

Kevin E. Crutchfield, MD, Director, Comprehensive Sports Concussion Program, LifeBridge Health Baltimore, MD
Lawrence P. Ferazani, Senior Labor Litigation Counsel, NFL, New York, NY
Sean Sansiveri, Staff Counsel, NFLPA
, Washington, DC

3:15 pm – 3:30 pm

Break

 

3:30 pm – 4:45 pm

DEFENDING ATHLETES IN CRIMINAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE DISCIPLINARY MATTERS

Moderator

Wm. David Cornwell, Sr., Gordon & Rees LLP, Atlanta, GA

Panelists

Edward T.M. Garland, Partner, Garland, Samuel & Loeb, P.C., Atlanta, GA Paul V. Kelly, Partner, Jackson Lewis LLP, Boston, MA

Rich Nichols, Nichols Stategies, LLC, Keller, TX

4:45 pm – 6:15 pm

ROUND TABLE: CURRENT LEGAL ISSUES IN THE WAR ON SPORTS “DOPING”

Moderator

Gabe Feldman, Professor, Tulane Law School and Director of Tulane Sports Law Program

Panelists

William Bock III, General Counsel, U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, Colorado Springs, CO Howard L. Jacobs, Law Offices of Howard L. Jacobs, Westlake Village, CA Kevin Manara, NFL Management Council, New York, NY
Heather McPhee, Associate General Counsel, NFLPA, Washington, DC

Dave Prouty, General Counsel, MLBPA, New York, NY

6:15 pm – 7:15 pm

Opening Reception

 

 

Friday, May 17

7:30 am – 5:00 pm

Registration

 

7:30 am – 8:30 am

CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST (All Attendees) NEW MEMBER CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

(Informal SLA Orientation for First-Time Attendees and New Members)

 

8:30 am – 10:30 am

WHEN UNIVERSITIES FAIL: THE LEGAL ETHICS OF PENN STATE AND ITS AFTERMATH

Moderator

Scott Rosner, Practice Assistant Professor, Legal Studies and Business Ethics Department Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Panelists

Christopher P. Conniff, Partner, Ropes & Gray, New York, NY
Gene A. Marsh, Partner, Lightfoot Franklin White LLC, Birmingham, AL Lester Munson, Senior Writer and Legal Analyst, ESPN, Chicago, IL Wallace Renfro, Renfro Consulting, Indianapolis, IN
Allison Rich, Athletics Consultant, JMI Sports LLC, Tallahassee, FL

 

10:30 am – 10:45 am

Break

 

10:45 am – Noon

NEW MEDIA: LEGAL IMPLICATIONS OF THE GROWTH OF TWITTER, STREAMING AND I-PADS ON SPORTS BRANDS, MEDIA RIGHTS AND DELIVERY 

Moderator

Debbie Spander, Vice President Broadcasting, Wasserman Media Group, Los Angeles, CA

Panelists

Robert A. Hacker, Vice President Business and Legal Affairs, FOX Sports, Los Angeles, CA Matthew Hong, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Sports Operations
Turner Sports, Atlanta, GA
Jamie Hemann, Senior Director, Talent & Development, NFL Media, Culver City, CA

Chris Kluwe, Punter, Minnesota Vikings, Minneapolis, MN

12:15 pm – 1:30 pm

SLA LUNCHEON

SLA 2013 Philanthropy Initiative
Presentation by SLA President Anthony J. Agnone

SLA 2013 Award of Excellence
Luncheon Address: Donald L. Dell, Founder of ProServ

1:45 pm – 3:45 pm

NFLPA CERTIFIED CONTRACT ADVISOR SESSION

(Only For Certified Contract Advisors)

Panelists

Tom DePaso, General Counsel, NFLPA, Washington, DC
Mark Levin, Director of Salary Cap and Agent Administration, NFLPA
Ned Ehrlich, Associate General Counsel, NFLPA
Athelia N. Doggette, Assistant Director of Salary Cap and Agent Administration, NFLPA

1:45 pm – 2:45 pm

CURRENT LEGAL ISSUES IN MOTORSPORTS

Moderator

Stokely G. Caldwell, Jr., Bradshaw, Robinson & Hinson, Charlotte, NC

Panelists

Tiffany Hemmer, Vice President, Legal, INDYCAR, Indianapolis, IN
Karen Brooks Leetzow, Vice President / Deputy General Counsel, NASCAR, Daytona Beach, FL 

2:45 pm – 3:45 pmTHE INTERNATIONALIZATION OF SPORTS: SUCCESSES AND LEGAL PITFALLS OF U.S. SPORTS EXPANDING INTO EUROPE AND EUROPEAN SPORTS INTO THE U.S.

Moderator Jeffrey G. Benz, CAS Arbitrator, SLA International Committee Chair; BenzADR / Benz Law Group Los Angeles, CA

Panelists Nick Bitel, Kerman & Co; Director, Sport England and CEO of London Marathon, London, England Nic Coward, General Secretary, Premier League, England
Myles C. Pistorius, Senior Vice President, Events, NBA, New York, NY
Marc Reeves, International Commercial Director, NFL, New York, NY

 

3:45 pm – 4:00 pm Break

 

4:00 pm – 4:55 pmBREAKOUT SESSION 1

Session A: CURRENT LEGAL ISSUES FACING TEAM GENERAL COUNSELS

Panelists Richard Brand, Partner, Arent Fox LLP, Washington, DC
Jeffrey B. Gewirtz, Executive Vice President of Business Affairs & Chief Legal Officer
Brooklyn Nets & Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
Nona M. Lee, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Arizona Diamondbacks, Phoenix, AZ

 

Session B: CURRENT NCAA HOT LEGAL ISSUES

Moderator Peter Goplerud, Dean and Professor of Law, Florida Coastal School of Law, Jacksonville, FL

Panelists Richard J. Evrard, Bond Schoeneck & King, Overland Park, KS Glenn M. Wong, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Amherst MA

 

Session C: COACHING AND TALENT BROADCASTING CONTRACTS

Moderator Dennis M. Coleman, Ropes & Gray LLP, Boston, MA

Panelists Craig E. Fenech, President, Law Offices of Craig E. Fenech PC, Rancho Santa Fe, CA Lindsey Goldstein, Ropes & Gray LLP, New York, NY

 

Session D: “MONEY TALKS”, THE REAL REASON PLAYERS & LEAGUES FIGHT OVER WORKERS COMP JURISDICTION

Moderator Richard Wagenheim, Wagenheim & Wagner, PA, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Panelists Ben Boscolo, ChasenBoscolo, Greenbelt, MD
Sylvia Krainin, Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, PA, Miami, FL

 

Session E: CURRENT LEGAL ISSUES IN MMA

Moderator Layth H. Gafoor, Lucentem Sports & Entertainment Law, Toronto, ON

Panelist Steven J. Thompson, Partner, Ungaretti & Harris, Chicago, IL

 

Session F: LEGAL STRATEGIES FOR MANAGING A GLOBAL PORTFOLIO OF SPORTS BRANDS

Moderator Cristina A. Carvalho, Partner, Arent Fox LLP, Washington, DC

Panelists Ryan S. Hilbert, Special Counsel, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP, Palo Alto, CA
Peter Eduardo Siemsen, President, Fluminense Football Club and Partner, Dannemann Siemsen, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 

Session G: ONLINE AND MOBILE PROMOTIONS 101: DON’T STRIKE OUT! KNOW THE RULES BEFORE YOU PLAY THE PROMOTIONS GAME

Moderator Nerissa McGinn, Loeb & Loeb, Chicago, IL

Panelist John T. Cooper, Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, Turner Entertainment and Turner Sports for Turner Broadcasting, Atlanta, GA

 

Session H: U.S. AND EUROPEAN METHODS TO COMBAT CORRUPTION AND MATCH FIXING IN SPORTS

Moderator Ryan M. Rodenberg, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

Panelists Elihu Feustel, Four Monkeys Consulting, South Bend, IN
Graeme McPherson, QC, 4 New Square, London, England
David Purdum, Senior Writer, Sporting News, The Linemakers, Atlanta, GA

 

Session I: SEARCH FIRMS: ARE THEY USEFUL TO ATHLETIC DIRECTORS OR ARE THEY SCAPEGOATS?

Moderator Robert H. Lattinville, Partner, Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP, St. Louis, MO

Panelists Cheryl Levick, Athletic Director, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA Dan Parker, Parker Executive Search, Atlanta, GA

 

Session J: WHY ARE SO MANY ATHLETES GOING BROKE AND
HOW TO EFFECTIVELY STEER YOUR CLIENTS TO FINANCIAL SECURITY

Moderator Ash Narayan, RGT Capital Management, Ltd., Irvine, CA

Panelists Marc Isenberg, GSG Capital Advisors, Santa Monica, CA Joe Nolan, RGT Capital Management, Ltd., Dallas, TX

5:00 pm – 5:55 pmBREAKOUT SESSION 2 (Same Topics and Rooms as Previous Sessions)

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm SLA PRESIDENT’S RECEPTION

 

Saturday, May 18

 

8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Registration

 

7:30 am – 9:00 am

Continental Breakfast (All Attendees)

 

7:30 am – 9:00 am

WOMEN IN SLA – CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

 

9:00 am – 10:45 am

GENERAL COUNSELS’ FORUM (Invited)

Moderator

Kenneth L. Shropshire, Professor, Wharton School, Special Counsel, Duane Morris LLP

Panelists

Richard W. Buchanan, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, NBA William Daly, Deputy Commissioner, NHL
Gary Gertzog, Senior Vice President – Business Affairs and General Counsel, NFL Thomas J. Ostertag, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, MLB

 

10:45 am – 11:00 am

Break

 

11:00 am – 12:45 pm

EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS’ FORUM (Invited)

Moderator

Richard A. Berthelsen, former General Counsel, NFLPA

Panelists

Steven A. Fehr, Special Counsel, NHLPA, Kansas City, MO Domonique Foxworth, President, NFLPA
Ron Klempner, Acting Executive Director, NBPA
Michael Weiner, Executive Director and General Counsel, MLBPA

 

12:45 pm – 1:45 pm

Lunch (Attendees on Their Own)

 

1:45 pm – 3:15 pm

BREAKING INTO THE SPORTS LAW INDUSTRY

Moderator

Vered N. Yakovee, Law Offices of Vered N. Yakovee, Marina Del Ray, CA USC Gould School of Law, Los Angeles, CA

Panelists

Sashi Brown, Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Cleveland Browns, Berea, OH
Kari D. Cohen, Associate Counsel, Brooklyn Nets & Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
Laura Keegan, CAA Sports, Hockey Division / NHLPA Certified Player Agent, Los Angeles, CA Olivier A. Manigat, Legal Counsel, Major League Soccer, New York, NY

The views expressed by speakers are not necessarily the views of the Sports Lawyers Association. Speakers, times, and topics are subject to change.