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2013 Fordham Sports Law Symposium
Start Date: 4/19/2013Start Time: 9:15 AM
End Date: 4/19/2013End Time: 5:00 PM

Event Description:

2013 Fordham Sports Law Symposium

Leon Lowenstein Academic Building
12th Floor
Friday, April 19th, 2013

(Panel Order subject to change)

8:45 – 9:15

9:15 – 9:30
Opening Remarks

9:30 – 11:10
IP Face Off:  Athletes, Sponsors, and the Right of Publicity

As a result of increased exposure on television and the Internet, athletes have become some of the most marketable people in the world.  Unfortunately, the marriage of athletics and marketing has not been without incident.  Before the start of the 2012 London Olympics, there was a public outcry regarding IOC Rule 40, which prevents athletes from appearing in advertisements for, or even mentioning, non-Olympic sponsors during the Games.  Professional athletes have repeatedly challenged the licensing of their names and likeness by their leagues, while others have called for a narrower merchandising right for athletes to protect fans’ interests.  The purchase of media rights by sports marketing agencies has become controversial, as UEFA drew criticism this year for selling its multimedia, sponsorship, and licensing rights to CAA. The practice of ambush marketing has also raised concerns, as companies use popular sporting events to advertise their products without being official sponsors.  This panel will discuss publicity rights, branding, marketing and advertising, and other intellectual property issues involved in the business of sports.

11:10 – 11:20

11:20 – 12:15
Keynote Speaker
Ken Hershman, President, HBO Sports

12:15 – 1:15

1:15 – 2:55
House Rules: Congressional Regulation in the World of Sports

Congress has addressed a number of issues in sports, including performance enhancing drug use, the BCS vs. Playoff debate in college football, Major League Baseball’s antitrust exemption, and the relationships between agents and college athletes.  However, there are no established criteria for how and to what capacity Congress should intervene in amateur and professional athletics.   While leagues engage in limited internal governance, the shortcomings of that regulation have become evident through issues like the New Orleans Saints bounty controversy.  Is congressional regulation necessary for efficient governance in sport, or is it only the result of deficient internal governance by professional and amateur sports organizations?   Who should have the final say when referees are caught fixing games, or coaches are caught spying on opponents?  This panel will discuss Congress’s role in sports and the tension that exists between external regulation and internal governance, and will explore the risks and benefits of an increasingly regulated athletic marketplace.

2:55 – 3:05

3:05 – 4:45
Rules Beyond the Game: Morality Clauses and Ethical Issues in Sports Contracting

When athletes enter into contracts with teams and sponsors, the primary concerns are performance and monetary compensation.  Within the four corners of a sports contract, however, ethical issues abound, and have a substantial legal impact.  Questions of ethics arise when players like Brett Favre and Brandon Roy retire while under contract with one team, only to return and sign a contract with another.  Morality clauses have also become controversial: when sponsors sign athletes to endorsement deals, what conduct can they proscribe?  Few would protest sponsors like Nike and Trek dropping Lance Armstrong when he ceased contesting the doping allegations against him, but could a sponsor terminate an athlete’s contract for criticizing the company?  For being accused of a crime, even if the charges are dropped?  For public scandal relating to marital infidelity, as was the case with Tiger Woods?  In college athletics, similar concerns are at play despite the lack of actual contracts: is it just for a university to kick an athlete off of a team for a non-criminal violation of an honor code rule, like a prohibition on caffeine?  The scope and power of morality clauses has yet to be clearly determined, and millions of dollars hang in the balance.  This panel will discuss morality clauses and additional issues involved in the interaction of ethics and law in the realm of sports.

4:45 –
Closing Remarks

Ken Hershman, President, HBO Sports

Joseph Gordon Hylton, Professor of Law, Marquette University School of Law

Marc Edelman, Associate Professor of Law, Barry University - Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law

Scott Rosner, Practice Assistant Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, Wharton University of Pennsylvania

Anthony Dreyer, Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meeagher & Flom LLP & Affliliates

Mark Conrad, Director of the Sports Business Specialization, Associate Professor, Fordham University Gabelli School of Business

Raphael Prober, Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Jessica Berman, Senior Counsel, National Hockey League

Cari Stern, Associate, Cahpman and Cutler LLP

Christopher R. Chase, Counsel, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC

Christopher Conniff, Partner, Ropes & Gray LLP

Jared Bartie, Counsel, Arent Fox

This program is free and open to the public

CLE Credits: 6 transitional and non-transitional credits (2 Ethics, 4 Professional Practice) are available for $85 ($70 for Fordham Law alumni and public interest attorneys)

Location Information:
Lincoln Center Campus - Leon Lowenstein Center  (View Map)
113 West 60th St
New York, NY 10023
Room: 12th Floor Lounge
Other Details:
CLE available

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