Program

Wednesday, May 15

1:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) Arbitrators & Mediators Seminar
This Wednesday CAS session is only open to CAS Arbitrators and Mediators and registration for this Seminar should be handled directly through CAS. Should CAS Seminar attendees wish to also attend the SLA Annual Conference, Melissa Pomerene, SLA Executive Director (mpomerene@virtualinc.com), can assist CAS members with SLA Conference registration.

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Academic Research Paper Session
Six sports law academic papers — with a variety of different research designs (doctrinal, quantitative, qualitative) — will be presented during this three-hour session. Topics include antitrust, intellectual property, criminal law, governance, labor relations, and agency law. Each paper will be presented by the author for twenty minutes, with ten minutes of moderator/audience questions to follow.

Moderators:

Thomas A. Baker, III, Associate Professor, University of Georgia, Suwanee, GA

Ryan M. Rodenberg, Associate Professor, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

Presenters:

Marc Edelman, Baruch College
John Holden, Oklahoma State University
Ignatius Ingles, Ateneo de Manila University School of Law
Joshua Lens, University of Arkansas
Matt Nichol, Monash University
Daniel Rascher, University of San Francisco

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Registration

Thursday, May 16

9:00 am – 6:15 pm

Registration

9:30 am – 11:00 am

Breaking Into the Sports Law Industry

Moderator:

Samuel Renaut, Director, Sports Law & Business Program, Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ

Panelists:

Buffy Filippel, TeamWork Online, Cleveland, OH
Dana L. Hooper, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig LLP, Phoenix, AZ
Jason R. Krochak, Associate, Proskauer Rose LLP
Felipe Saltz, Director, Business & Legal Affairs, FOX Sports, Los Angeles, CA


11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Networking and New Members Reception
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12:15 pm – 12:25 pm

SLA 2019 Annual Conference Welcome
SLA President, Nona Lee

12:25 pm – 12:30 pm

Opening Remarks
Richard Thigpen
, 2019 Annual Conference Chair

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

An Overview of Recent Legal Developments in Sports

Gabe Feldman, Paul and Abram B. Barron Professor of Law, Tulane Law School; Director, Tulane Sports Law Program; Associate Provost for NCAA Compliance, Tulane University; Mediator/Arbitrator, MAPS, New Orleans, LA

Matt Mitten, Professor of Law and Executive Director, National Sports Law Institute, Marquette University Law School, Milwaukee, WI; Member, Court of Arbitration for Sport, Lausanne, Switzerland

2:00 pm – 3:15 pm

eSports the Next Big Thing

Moderator:

Jared Bartie, Co-Chair, Sports Industry Group, O'Melveny & Myers LLP, New York, NY

Panelists:

Robert D. Forbes, Senior Director Legal - Esports Leagues, Activision Blizzard, Santa Monica, CA
Christopher Greeley, Senior Manager, Esports League Operations, Riot Games, Inc., Los Angeles, CA
Mat Jessep, Director, Sports, Esports & Entertainment Law, DWF (Australia)
Ari Segal, CEO, Immortals LLC, Los Angeles, CA
Bobby Sharma, Special Adviser, Foley & Lardner LLP, and Founding Partner, Electronic Sports Group, New York, NY


3:15 pm – 3:30 pm

Refreshment Break

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Deciphering the Hype: Legal and Business Impacts of Technology and Social on Sports Media

Moderator:

Debbie Spander, Senior Vice President Broadcasting and Coaching, Wasserman, Los Angeles, CA

Panelists:

Josh Kane, Senior Legal Counsel, Twitter, Walnut Creek, CA
Zack Sugarman, Senior Vice President Properties & Digital Media, Wasserman, Los Angeles, CA
Alex Vermeychuk, Vice President and Assistant Chief Counsel-Media, NBA, New York, NY


5:00 pm – 6:15 pm

Athletics Issues Through the Lens of College and University Counsel

Moderator:

Noah Knight, NCAA Division I, Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), Chair, Kansas City, Missouri

Panelists:

Kimberley Demarchi, Senior Associate General Counsel, Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ
Rebecca Gose, General Counsel, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
Brian W. White, General Counsel and Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs, University of Kansas, Kansas City, KS


6:15 pm – 7:15 pm

Opening Reception
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Friday, May 17

7:30 am – 5:00 pm

Registration

7:30 am – 8:30 am

Continental Breakfast
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7:30 am – 8:30 am

Continental Breakfast: New Member Breakfast
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7:30 am – 8:30 am

Continental Breakfast: Outreach Captains Breakfast
By invitation only

8:30 am – 10:30 am

How to Stay Ethical When Dealing with a Difficult Client or Difficult Lawyer

Panelists:

Mary Kay Braza, Chair, Sports Industry Team, Foley & Lardner LLP, Milwaukee, WI
Robert A. DuPuy, Partner, Foley & Lardner, LLP, New York, NY
Bobby Hacker, Principal, Robert A. Hacker Attorney At Law, Marina del Rey, CA
Stephanie A. Jarvis, Principal, SJarvis Consulting; Lecturer, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Scottsdale, AZ
Stephanie Vardavas, Adjunct Professor of Sports Business, University of Oregon, Portland, OR
Norman Wain, General Counsel and Chief of Business Affairs, USA Track & Field, Indianapolis, IN
Robert E. Wallace, Jr., Partner and Chairman of the Sports Law Group, Thompson Coburn LLP, St Louis, MO


10:30 am – 10:45 am

Refreshment Break
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10:45 am – Noon

Athlete Abuse: The Human and Legal Issues

Moderator:

Jayma M. Meyer, Counsel, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, LLP, Visiting Clinical Professor, Indiana
University, Bloomington, IN

Panelists:

Rachael Denhollander, Gymnast, Survivor, Educator and Attorney, Louisville, KY
Janet Judge, Partner, Holland & Knight, Boston, MA
Sarah Klein, Gymnast and Survivor, Attorney, Dalton & Associates, Philadelphia, PA
John Manly, Founder, Manly & Stewart & Finaldi, Irvine, CA


12:15 pm – 1:30 pm

SLA LUNCHEON
Sponsored by Morgan Stanley

Moderated by SLA President, Nona Lee
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SLA 2019 Philanthropy Initiative

SLA 2019 Michael Weiner Sports Lawyers Association Award of Excellence:
Ray Anderson, Director of Athletics, Arizona State University

SLA 2019 Seventh Annual Law Student Writing Competition Awards: first, second and third place winners to be announced


1:45 pm – 3:45 pm

NFLPA Certified Contract Advisor Session (only for certified contract advisors)

Panelists:

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


1:45 pm – 3:45 pm

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) Update: Recent Developments in Procedure and Disputes Involving the Olympic Games, Soccer, Doping and Sport Governance

Panelists:

Matthieu Reeb, Secretary General, Court of Arbitration for Sport, Lausanne, Switzerland
Jeff Benz, Arbitrator/Mediator, JAMS (Los Angeles) & Barrister, 4 New Square (London)
James Bunting, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP, Toronto, ON, Canada
Brent J. Nowicki, Legal Counsel, CAS Managing Counsel, Lausanne, Switzerland
Johnathan Taylor, Partner, Bird and Bird, London, United Kingdom


1:45 pm – 2:45 pm

Want to Bet? The Post PASPA Sports Wagering Landscape

Moderator:

Naima Stevenson Starks, Deputy General Counsel, NCAA, Indianapolis, IN

Panelists:

Adolpho A. Birch III, Senior Vice president of Labor Policy & League Affairs, NFL, New York, NY
David Miller, Vice President & Assistant General Counsel, PGA TOUR, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Clarence Nesbitt, General Counsel, NBPA, New York, NY
Maureen Riehl, Principal & Counsel, MultiState Associates Inc., Washington, DC


2:45 pm – 3:45 pm

When a Sports Client's Problems Go Public: Managing the Public Relations and Litigation Crisis

Moderator:

C. Peter Goplerud, III, President, InfiLaw Management Solutions, Naples, FL

Panelists:

Ari Fleischer, President, Fleischer Communications, Pound Ridge, NY
Ben A. O'Neil, Partner, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP, New York, NY
Jay K. Reisinger, Partner, Farrell & Reisinger, LLC, Pittsburgh, PA


2:45 pm – 3:45 pm

Stadium and Event Financing

Moderator:

Irwin Raij, Partner and Co-Chair of the Sports Law Practice, O'Melveny & Myers LLP, New York, NY

Panelists:

Richard Haddad, Senior Vice President, Business Affairs & General Counsel, Palace Sports & Entertainment and Detroit Pistons, Detroit, MI
John Keenan, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, AEG
Karin Nelsen, Vice President, Legal & Social Impact, Minnesota Vikings, Minneapolis, MN


3:45 pm – 4:00 pm

Refreshment Break
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4:00 pm – 4:55 pm

BREAKOUT SESSION #1

Session A: Commercialization of Athlete Names & Images

Panelists:

Robert W. Fuller, Shareholder, Robinson Bradshaw, Charlotte, NC
Kevin W. Goering, Partner, Mintz& Gold, New York, NY


Session B: Labor Relations Update

Moderators:

Richard Berthelsen, Former General Counsel, NFLPA

Glenn Wong, Executive Director, Sports Law & Business Program, Distinguished Professor of Practice – Sports Law, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ

Panelists:

Hal Biagas, President and Founder, Sideline Sports Management; Executive Director, LCS Payer Association, New York, NY
David Greenspan, Partner, Winston & Strawn LLP, New York, NY


Session C: Legal Issues Arising Out of eTicketing

Melissa Goldenberg, General Counsel, Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Mercury and Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, AZ
Klas Bäck, Head of Business Development, Markets, Strategy and Payment Optimization, Braintree, Los Angeles, CA
Justin Burleigh, Chief Product Officer, Ticketmaster, San Francisco, CA


Session D: How to Stop Bad Conduct in Sport Without Going Too Far

Moderator:

Antonio Rigozzi, Partner, Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler, Geneva, Switzerland

Panelists:

Howard Jacobs, Law Offices of Howard L. Jacobs, Los Angeles, CA
Ian Penny, General Counsel, MLBPA, New York, NY
Emily Wisnosky, Université de Neuchâtel, Lausanne, Switzerland


Session E: Advising Clients on Finance Issues

D. Max Hilsman, Executive Director, Complex Manager, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, Atlanta, GA
Eddie Johnson, Sports Agent, Eastern Athletic Services, Sparks, MD


Session F: Law of Sports Products

Panelists:

Stephanie Vardavas, Adjunct Professor of Sports Business, University of Oregon, Portland, OR
Kelly Jones, Senior Counsel & Director of Business Affairs, Sports Marketing, Under Armour, Baltimore, MD


Session G: Are College Athletes University Employees- Current Litigation & Potential Workers Comp Ramifications

Moderator:

Richard Wagenheim, Partner, Wagenheim & Wagner P.A., Fort Lauderdale, Fl

Panelists:

Robert Buch, Partner, Seyfarth Shaw, Los Angeles, CA
Matt Mitten, Professor of Law and Director, National Sports Law Institute, Marquette University Law School, Milwaukee, WI; Member, Court of Arbitration for Sport, Lausanne, Switzerland
Robert E. Wisniewski, Attorney, Law Offices of Robert E. Wisniewski PC, Phoenix, AZ


Session H: Inside Arbitration: Insights from the Sports Law Advocates, Arbitrators, and Parties

Moderator:

Maureen Weston, Professor of Law, Director, Entertainment Media & Sports Law Program, Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu, CA

Panelists:

Patrick Houlihan, Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Labor Relations, MLB
Roger P. Kaplan, Arbitrator, Alexandria, VA
Barbara Reeves, Arbitrator and Mediator, JAMS, Los Angeles, CA
Maurice M. Suh, Gibson, Dunn,& Crutcher, LLP, Los Angeles, CA
Lance Tanaka, Vice President, American Arbitration Association, Denver, CO


Session I: Immigration Update

Panelists:

Giselle Carson, Shareholder, MarksGray, Jacksonville, FL
Jon Velie, Sports Immigration Attorney, Velie Law Firm, Norman, OK


Session J: Tactics and Strategies for Negotiating Venue, Event and Team Sponsorships

Moderator:

Kari D. Cohen, Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, BSE Global, Brooklyn, New York

Panelists:

Stokely G. Caldwell, Jr., Robinson & Bradshaw, Charlotte, NC
Richard L. Brand, Managing Partner, Arent Fox LLP, San Francisco, CA


Session K: Teaching Sports Law

Moderator:

Alfred C. Yen, Law School Fund Scholar and Director of Emerging Enterprises and Business Law Program, Boston College Law School, Boston, MA

Panelists:

Platon Elias, Attorney, Elias Law Firm, Plandome, NY
Daniel Gandert, Clinical Assistant professor of Law, Northwestern Law, Chicago, IL
Despina Mavromati, Attorney, SportLegis Lausanne, Adjunct Professor, University of Lausanne, Switzerland


Session L: Legal Issues for Start-up Leagues

Panelists:

Oliver Luck, CEO and Commissioner, XFL, Stamford, CT
Rishi K. Sehgal, Interim Commissioner, Director of Business Development and Legal Affairs, NASL
Richard J. Volante, CEO and Co-Founder, Historical Basketball League Enterprises, Inc., Cleveland, OH


Session M: Hot Topics in High School and Youth Sports

Panelists:

John Black, General Counsel, National Federation of State High School Associations
Mark Mignella, Legal Counsel, Arizona Interscholastic Association, Phoenix, AZ


Session N: Chasing Major International Events

Moderator:

Maidie E. Oliveau, Counsel, Arent Fox LLP, Los Angeles, CA

Panelists:

Christopher McCleary, General Counsel, USOC, Colorado Springs, CO
Patrick Eyers, General Counsel & Company Secretary, Rugby Australia, Sydney, Australia
Kate Koster, Vice President, Legal, MLS, New York, NY


5:00 pm – 5:55 pm

BREAKOUT SESSION #2 (same topics and rooms as previous sessions)

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

SLA President's Reception
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Saturday, May 18

8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Registration

8:00 am – 9:30 am

Continental Breakfast (all attendees)

8:00 am – 9:00 am

Continental Breakfast: Women in SLA

8:30 am – 9:30 am

Continental Breakfast: International Breakfast
Informal networking event for our international attendees and others wishing to participate.

9:30 am – 11:00 am

General Counsels' Forum (invited to speak)

Moderator:

Abraham D. Madkour, Executive Editor, SportsBusiness Journal/SportsBusiness Daily

Panelists:

Adolpho A. Birch, III, Senior Vice President of Law and Labor Policy, NFL
William L. Daly III, Deputy Commissioner and Chief Legal Officer, NHL
Jamin S. Dershowitz, General Counsel, WNBA
Patrick Houlihan, Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Labor Relations, MLB
William Z. Ordower, Executive Vice president and General Counsel, MLS
Dan Spillane, Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, NBA


11:00 am – 11:15 am

Refreshment Break

11:15 am – 12:45 pm

Executive Directors' Forum (invited to speak)

Moderator:

Abraham D. Madkour, Executive Editor, SportsBusiness Journal/SportsBusiness Daily

Panelists:

Tony Clark, Executive Director, MLBPA
Donald Fehr, Executive Director, NHLPA
Bob Foose, Executive Director, MLS Players Union
Michele Roberts, Executive Director, NBPA
DeMaurice F. Smith, Executive Director, NFLPA


12:45 pm

Meeting Adjourns

 

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