Cardozo Sports Law Symposium


March 18, 2016 - 9:00am to 5:00pm


2016 Cardozo Sports Law Society Symposium

On March 18th, step right up and help us take a swing at some of the most contentious legal issues in sports. This year, our symposium will feature four panels, a keynote speaker and lunch. We look forward to having you!

Total available credits: 6.0 credits “Areas of Professional Practice”

March 18, 2016

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Full and partial tuition scholarships are available for all CLE programs sponsored or cosponsored by Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Requests for scholarship are considered on a case-by-case basis, and availability is subject to space limitation.

Order of Events:

(9:00-9:15 AM) Sign in and Registration

(9:15-9:30 AM) Beginning Remarks

(9:30-10:45 AM) "On Agency and the Negotiation of the Superstar Contract"
In 2016, the terms of a player's contract are as well known statistics to fans as those in the box score. Superstar contracts, in worth and various other ways, often set the basis for negotiations throughout their entire respective sport. When negotiating and renegotiating massive sports contracts, what are some of the threats, nuanced details, and legal considerations?
Moderator: Robert Boland (Professor & Director MBA/Masters of Sports Administration Program at Ohio University)
Panelists include: Jason Belzer (Founder and President of GAME, Inc.),  Kirk Berger (Associate General Counsel at the National Basketball Players Association), David Fogel (Associate General Counsel at the National Basketball Coaches Association), Charles Grantham (Former Executive Director of the National Basketball Players Association and Adjunct Professor of the Sports Management Program at New York University), Kim Miale (General Counsel and Agent at Roc Nation Sports)

(10:55-12:10 PM) "Understanding the Legal Nuances of Sports and Digital Media"
One of the more challenging aspects of the sports business is the continuing modernization of digital media. Media's relationship with sports is synthesized in the fact that sports cannot exist without a certain amount of publicity; but, how much media involvement is too much? Are there legal considerations in the age of modern, digital media which did not exist in years past?
Moderator: Wayne Kimmel (Managing Partner of SeventySix Capital)
Panelists: Stephanie Furgang Adwar (Founding Partner of Furgang & Adwar, LLP.) Irwin Kishner (Partner and Chairman of the Executive Committee at Herrick, Feinstein LLP), Stephanie McKinnon (Vice President, Legal and Business Affairs at The Whistle Sports), Harris Peskin (Associate, Meltzer, Lippe, Goldstein & Breitstone, LLP)

(12:15-1:00 PM) Lunch

(1:00-1:45 PM) Keynote Address, Miami Marlins President David Samson '93

(2:00-3:15 PM) "Differentiating Between the Real World and the Sports World"
Many fans believe in a fictitious "Sports World," depicted in movies/shows such as Jerry Maguire, Entourage, and Ballers, includes a different treatment by society of those involved in the sports industry. Including athletes, how are those in the "Sports World" given preferential or unfair treatment by the justice system? Are there differences on and off the field?
Moderator: Steven Sparling (Partner at Kramer Levin Naftalis and Frankel LLP and Adjunct Professor at Cardozo)
Panelists: Robert Blecker (Philosopher of Sport & Professor of Criminal Law at New York Law School), Anthony Dreyer (Intellectual Property and Sports Litigation Partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Adjunct Professor at Cardozo), Brian Levy (CEO of Goalline Football), Robert Raiola (Sports & Entertainment Group Senior Manager, PKF O'Connor Davies, LLP)

(3:30-4:45 PM) "Addressing Current Legal Issues in Daily Fantasy Sports"
The world of Daily Fantasy Sports has been inescapable for both the casual sports fan, and the average television viewer. Advertisements have increased, large investments have been made, and millions of people have enjoyed the product. However, what if the “game” being advertised, invested in, and enjoyed by millions, turns out to be illegal gambling?
Moderator: Daniel Roberts (Sports Business Writer at Yahoo Finance)
Panelists: H. Fields (Draft Pot), Marc Edelman (Associate Professor of Law at the Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College, City University of New York),  Chris LaVigne (Partner at Shearman & Sterling LLP.), Daniel Wallach (Gaming and Sports Law Attorney at Becker & Poliakof)

Co-Sponsored by: Cardozo Dispute Resolution Society
Supported by: American Bar Association’s Forum on Entertainment & Sports Law Industries


Cardozo School of Law Jacob Burns Moot Court Room; Cardozo School of Law Lobby

Event type

Panel Discussion