Pre-conference Events

All times are Eastern

Thursday, April 29

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Meet the Presidents, Past, Present and Future

Join Glenn Wong, Matt Mitten, Nona Lee, Bobby Hacker and Allison Rich as they discuss their collective and varied expertise and experiences on both legal and business issues surrounding sports in 2021.

Wednesday, May 13

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Women in the SLA

While we are unable to meet in person this year, we are excited to present our traditional Women in the SLA gathering virtually. Join us for this pre-conference Virtual Outreach Event (VOE): a conversation featuring SLA President Elect Allison Rich and Lynn Holzman, Vice President for Women's Basketball, NCAA.

This pre-conference event is open to conference registrants only

Program

All times are Eastern

Monday, May 17

11:00 am – 12:15pm

Breaking into the Sports Law Industry

Moderators:

Leigh Hawley, Associate Counsel, Leopoldus Law

Panelists:

Marla Axelrod, Director of Legal and Government Affairs, Philadelphia Eagles
Aaron Hernandez, Director, Allan “Bud” Selig Sports Law and Business Program, Arizona State University
Joe Nahra, Senior Vice President, Legal & Business Affairs, Oak View Group
Jennifer Hunter, Senior Director, Equity and Inclusion, Portland Trailblazers

12:15 pm – 12:30 pm

SLA 2021 Annual Conference Welcome
Robert A. Hacker, SLA President

12:30 pm – 1:45 pm

An Overview of Recent Legal Developments in Sports

Panelists:

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, SLA Past President

1:45 pm – 2:00 pm

Break

2:00 pm – 2:15 pm

SLA 2021 Philanthropy Initiative

2:15 pm – 3:15 pm

General Counsels’ Forum (invited to speak)

Moderator:

Abraham Madkour, Executive Editor, Sports Business Journal, Sports Business Daily/Global

Panelists:

Rick Buchanan, General Counsel & CCO, NBA
Bill Daly, Deputy Commissioner and Chief Legal Officer, NHL

3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

Executive Directors’ Forum (invited to speak)

Moderator:

Abraham Madkour, Executive Editor, Sports Business Journal, Sports Business Daily/Global

Panelists:

Tony Clark, Executive Director, MLBPA
Donald M. Fehr, Executive Director, NHL
Michele A. Roberts, Executive Director, NBPLA
DeMaurice Smith, Executive Director, NFLPA

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

SLA Overtime Lounge

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

11:50 am – 12:00 pm

Welcome

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The NCAA in the Supreme Court: Amateurism, Alston, Antitrust, and the Next Step in the Evolution of College Sports

Moderator:

Jayma Meyer, Counsel. Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Visiting Clinical Professor, Sports Law and Public Policy, O’Neill School of Public Policy, Indiana University

Panelists:

Karen M. Lent, Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meager & Flom
David G. Feher, Co-Chair, Sports Law Practice, Winston & Strawn, LLP
Gary Roberts, Former President, Bradley University

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Where is the Integrity in Sports Wagering?

Moderator:

Naima Stevenson Starks, Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Varsity Brands

Panelists:

Andy Cunningham, Head of Integrity and League Relations, Sportradar
Marquest J. Meeks, Senior Counsel, Investigations, MLB
Lisa Pension, Supervisory Special Agent, Criminal Investigative Division, FBI

2:00 pm – 2:15 pm

Break

2:15 pm – 3:15 pm

Athlete Activism: Placing Sports on the Front Lines of Social Change

Moderator:

Len Elmore, American Sportscaster, Lawyer and Former National Basketball (NBA) Player

Panelists:

John Carlos, Former Olympian
David L. Foster, Deputy General Counsel, NBA Players Association
Christopher McCleary, General Counsel, United States Olympic Committee
Gene Smith, Director of Athletics, Ohio State University

2:15 pm – 3:15 pm

Sports Organization Legal Challenges and Opportunities Arising from the COVID-19 Pandemic

Moderator:

Gregg E. Clifton, Principal, Jackson Lewis, P.C.

Panelists:

Donald E. English Jr., Equity Principal, Jackson Lewis, P.C.
Richard Giller, Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman
Lisa Levine, General Counsel, National Women’s Soccer League

3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

To Unionize or not to Unionize? Representing Athletes in the U.S. and Abroad: Players Associations, Trade Associations, and other Options

Moderator:

Bruce Meyer, Senior Director, Collective Bargaining, MLBPA

Panelists:

Rob Koehler, Director General, Global Athlete
Dionne Koller, Professor of Law & Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, University of Baltimore School of Law
Roy Vermeer, Legal Director at FIFPro

3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

Rethinking Sponsorships in a Changing World

Panelists:

Stokely Caldwell, Partner, Robinson Bradshaw
Kari Cohen, General Counsel, New York Red Bulls
Darren Meyer, Senior Marketing Director, New York Red Bull

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

11:50 am – 12:00 pm

Welcome

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

There’s No Place Like Home: Ethics in the Era of Remote Work

Moderator:

Will Lopez, Deputy General Counsel, Cooley LLP

Panelists:

Bobby A. Hacker, SLA President and Attorney, Robert A. Hacker Attorney at Law and Sports Media Consulting
Brandon H. Leopoldus, Founder, Leopoldus Law
Trisha E. Newman, General Counsel, Women’s Flat Track Derby Association

2:00 pm – 2:15 pm

Break

2:15 pm – 2:45 pm

Award of Excellence Presentation

2:45 pm – 3:45 pm

Brand Building with Social Media: Opportunities and Risks

Moderator:

Debbie Spander, Senior Vice President Media and Coaching, Wasserman LA

Panelists:

Nate Jones, Agent and Athlete Marketer, Goodwin Sports
Josh Kane, Director of Legal, Twitter

2:45 pm – 3:45 pm

COVID 19 Impact on Stadium Development and Sports Anchored Development

Moderator:

Irwin P. Raij, Partner, O’Melveny and Myers

Panelists:

Eric Andalman, General Counsel, CAA/ICON
Ted Fikre, Vice Chairman and Chief Legal and Development Officer, AEG

3:45 pm – 4:45 pm

How Law Responds to Evolving Social Norms in Sport

Moderator:

Sara Slane, Founder, Sara Slane Advisory (Formerly with the American Gaming Association)

Panelists:

Jessica Berman, Deputy Commissioner and EVP, Business Affairs, National, NIL
Eric Foote, Chief Commercial Officer, PointsBet
Scott Kaufman-Ross, Senior Vice President, Fantasy & Gaming NBA

4:45 pm – 5:45 pm

SLA After Hours Lounge

Join us in our virtual After Hours Lounge, for our customary multidisciplinary discussion on emerging sport and entertainment issues and opportunities

  • The Diversity, Equality & Inclusion-the Changing Landscape of Sports
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  • Using Data to Win!: Sports Industry and Sports Betting Data Trends; From Historical Data and Score Keeping to Extremely Specific Team and Athlete Analysis, Algorithmic Performance Forecasting and Wearable Technologies

  • Legal Considerations and Best Practices in Hosting and Promoting Multi-Sport & Entertainment Events in the Age of Pandemics, Protectionism and Social Fragility

  • eSports Development and Updates in an Ever-Changing Global Landscape

  • Maple Syrup & Scones: Discussing the Leading Sport Law Topics in the UK and Canada

Thursday, May 20, 2021

11:50 pm – 12:00 pm

Welcome

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The Future of College Athletics

Moderator:

Allison Rich, Senior Associate Director of Athletics/SWA, Princeton University

Panelists:

James E. Delany, Former Commissioner, Big Ten Conference
Nina King, Senior Deputy Director of Athletics/Administration, Legal Affairs and Chief of Staff, Duke University
Kendall Spencer, Attorney, Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics and Former NCAA Board Member

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Break

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Diversity and Inclusion Head Coaches

Moderator:

Ken Shropshire, Adidas Distinguished Professor of Global Sport and CEO of Global Sport Institute, Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ

Panelists:

Tony K. Dungy, Former Professional American Football Safety, Sports Analyst and Former Head Coach, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Indianapolis Colts
Herman Edwards Jr., Head Football Coach, Arizona State University
William C. Rhoden, Former Award-Winning Sports Columnist, The New York Times, The New York Times and Author of "Forty Million Dollar Slaves," is a Writer-at-Large for The Undefeated

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Moving Athletes and Coaches Around the World

Moderator:

Jon Velie, CEO and Attorney, Online Visas

Panelists:

Nona M. Lee, Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, Arizona Diamondbacks
Andrew Maloney, Agent and Attorney, Maloney & Thompson Sports Management
Sherrod Seward, Attorney, OakLG Law Group

3:30 pm – 3:45 pm

Break

3:45 pm – 4:45 pm

Athlete Anxiety, Mental Health and Sport’s Response

Moderator:

Maureen Weston, Professor of Law, Pepperdine University School of Law

Panelists:

Woodie Dixon, Jr, General Counsel, Chegg
Brian Hainline, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Sport Science Institute, NCAA
Shanyn Lancaster, MD, FAAF, Head Team Physician & Chief of Sports Medicine, Arizona State University & Head Team Physician, Sun Devils
William Parham, PhD. ABPP, Professor and Interim Director, Loyola Marymount University

4:45 pm – 5:45 pm

SLA Double OT Lounge

Friday, May 21, 2021

11:50 am – 12:00 pm

Welcome

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Sports Broadcasting, Exclusive Territories, and the Future of Sports Television.

Moderator:

Robert A. Hacker, SLA President and Attorney, Robert A. Hacker Attorney at Law and Sports Media Consulting

Panelists:

Jodi Balsam, Associate Professor of Clinical Law and Director of Externship Programs at Brooklyn Law School
Stephen Neuwirth, Chair, Antitrust and Competition Litigation, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP
Stephen F. Ross, Lewis H. Vovakis Distinguished Faculty Scholar Professor of Law & Executive Director, Penn State Center for the Study of Sports in Society

1:00 pm – 1:15 pm

Break

1:15 pm – 2:15 pm

The Human and Legal Side of Sexual Assault

Moderator:

Jayma Meyer, Counsel. Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Visiting Clinical Professor, Sports Law and Public Policy, O’Neill School of Public Policy, Indiana University

Panelists:

Rachael Denhollander, Attorney, Advocate, Educator, Speaker and Author; "How Much is a Little Girl Worth"
John Manly, Founding Partner, Manly, Stewart & Finaldi
Sarah Klein, Counsel, Litigator, Advocate and Survivor, Dalton & Associates

2:15 pm – 3:15 pm

Gambling & Esports: Major Revenue Opportunities, Major Legal Risks

Moderator:

Bobby Sharma, Special Adviser, Foley & Lardner/Managing Partner, Electronic Sports Group

Panelists:

Robby Forbes, Senior Director, Esports Leagues, Activision Blizzard
Harris Peskin, Partner, ESG Law; Adjunct Professor, Esports Gambling, University of New Hampshire Law School
Irene Scholl-Tatevosyan, Associate, Nixon Peabody LLP
Aalok Sharma, Associate, Stinson, LLP

2:15 pm – 3:15 pm

NIL – A Crossroads Where Student-Athlete Interests, Effective Governance and Politics Intersect

Moderator:

Donald M. Remy, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Legal Officer, NCAA

Panelists:

Valerie B. Ackerman, Commissioner, Big East Conference
Rick George, Athletic Director, University of Colorado
Jill Pilgrim, Pilgrim & Associates Arbitration, Law & Mediation LLC

3:15 pm – 4:45 pm

Mock Athlete Eligibility Arbitration Hearing: On the Eve of the Olympic Games

Moderator:

Maureen Weston, Professor of Law, Pepperdine University School of Law

Panelists:

James Bunting, Founding Partner, Tyr LLP
Paul J. Green, Attorney/Founder Global Sports Advocates, LLC
Maidie Oliveau, Counsel, Arent Fox LLP
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, SLA Past President
Barbara Reeves, Arbitrator, Mediator, Special Master, JAMS
Nadia Soghomonian, Legal Affairs & Investigations Counsel, U.S. Anti-Doping Agency
Ross Wenzel, Attorney at Law, Solicitor, Partner, Kellerhals Carrard

4:45 pm

Meeting Adjourns