SLA Webinars


Behind the Scenes of Paris 2024

Sports Lawyers Association and the University of Oregon's Summer Sports Law Institute (SSLI) bring you the first-ever Summer Speaker Series. As SSLI celebrates the 10th anniversary of its program, join SLA as we host three virtual webinars this summer, covering your need-to-know topics in sports. Our FIRST Summer Speaker Series features an Olympic and Paralympic panel discussing the rights an Athlete and their sponsors have to market themselves, the inner workings of supporting a national governing body as outside counsel, and how/when an athlete seeks counsel for protection if allegations of a violation arise before and after the Games.


The Business of Boxing: Insights into the Current Legal Issues in Broadcast, Governance, and International Rights

Join our panel for deep dive into the legal landscape of boxing, focusing on key issues in broadcast, governance, and international rights where our panelists provide valuable insights into the historical evolution of boxing broadcast, the current era of exclusive promoter deals with networks, and the implications of international partnerships. Discover the challenges and opportunities shaping the future of the sport from industry leaders.

This webinar promises to be a valuable extension of the conference experience, providing insights and knowledge that can further enhance your professional growth.

Alex Dombroff, Business and Legal Affairs, DiBella Entertainment
Sunjay Mathews, Founder, DJ BAM Consulting; Former DAZN General Counsel
Scott Shaffer, Partner, Olshan Frome Wolosky LLP
David Slutsker, Sports Law Attorney, Law Office of David Slutsker, P.A.

Kurt Emhoff, Host of the Boxing Esq. Podcast; Staff Attorney, Kasowitz Benson Torres

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TIME FOR IX, A Celebration of TITLE IX’s 50th Anniversary Webinar Series

The Sports Lawyers Association proudly presents TIME FOR IX, a celebration of Title IX’s 50th anniversary. The commemoration of this landmark federal law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex will continue through the law’s June 23, 2022, anniversary date. TIME FOR IX will feature interactive webinars, panels, discussions, and social events to explore the social, legal, and political history of Title IX, hot topics and emerging issues related to Title IX, and opportunities for lawyers, non-lawyers, and law students to help eliminate sex discrimination in sports.


Title IX: NIL and Other Hot Topics in College Sports

Join U.S. Congresswoman, Lori Trahan, St. Joseph's Athletics Director, Jill Bodensteiner, and Volleyball Athlete/Brand Strategist, Jaila Tolbert for a discussion on gender equity in college sports. This panel will discuss name, image, and likeness opportunities for women college athletes and current gender challenges including the recent gender equity issues in the women's basketball championship.


Title IX: Grassroots to the Olympic Games

In case you missed this TIME FOR IX webinar, listen in as Terry Crawford, Professor Kenneth Ferguson, Benita Fitzgerald Mosley, and Jill Pilgrim discuss the grassroots and collegiate sports landscape for girls before and just after the enactment of Title IX, as well as the extent to which female intercollegiate sports competition contributes to the placement of athletes on Olympic teams today.


Title IX: Beneficiaries and Influencers

Hear from Val Ackerman, Candice Storey Lee and Muffet McGraw during “Time for IX”, celebrating Title IX’s 50th anniversary, as they share their experiences in the past and look toward the future!


Title IX's Athletics Requirements, Myths, and Current Cases

This virtual webinar features law professors with Title IX expertise, Barbara Osborne, Professor, University of North Carolina, Erin Bezuvis, Associate Dean of Western New England School of Law, Kenneth Ferguson, Professor, University of Missouri-Kansas City, and a practitioner who has brought dozens of Title IX cases, Arthur Bryant, Partner, Bailey & Glasser.


On the Ground: Title IX's Regulations and Supreme Court Cases

This fireside chat features Christine Brennan, long-time sports columnist and commentator and best-selling author, and Marica Greenberger, co-founder of the National Women’s Law Center and lawyer involved in all the key Title IX regulations and Supreme Court cases during the past five decades.


Sports Legends Discuss the Past, Present, and Future of Title IX and College Sports

Listen to stories about the successes and challenges of Title IX from three life-long gender equity advocates. Judy Sweet, Carol Stiff and Larry Scott compare notes around a breakfast table and toast Title IX’s upcoming 50th anniversary.


Other Webinars of Interest


How Does the CAS Ad Hoc Division Work in the Covid Environment

Join members of the Sports Lawyers Association (SLA) and the Japan Sports Lawyers Association (JSLA) for a panel discussion examining how the CAS Ad Hoc Division was operated under the pandemic of COVID-19 during the Tokyo 2020 and Beijing 2022 Olympic Games. In specific, the discussion will focus on how the virtual hearings were conducted and the roles of pro bono lawyers during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Panelists include, Jeff Benz, CAS Arbitrator, JAMS Arbitrator & Mediator, So Miyamoto, OH-Ebashi LPC & Partners and Shoichi Sugiyama, Japan Sports Arbitration Agency.


The Interplay Between Sports and Media

Join our panel of legal experts in sports and media, Rob Crane, Senior Counsel, Business & Legal Affairs at NBC Sports Group, Sarah Horvitz, Senior Vice President & Head Business and Technology Counsel at Major League Baseball, David Miller, Vice President & Assistant General Counsel at the PGA Tour, Sam Strantz, Associate Legal Counsel at the Houston Rockets, Chris Termini, Managing Director of Championships and Alliances at the NCAA and Moderator, Patrick Reilly, Partner at Faegre Drinker– in a discussion about the interplay between sports and media. With varied backgrounds and perspectives, including league, team, network, organization, association, and law firm, the group will have interesting perspectives on how lawyers in sports and media work together to solve problems, overcome obstacles, and navigate the ever-changing landscape in which they practice..


What are NFTs and Why is the Sports Industry Rushing to Cash In?

Listen in as Nerissa Coyle McGinn and Brian Heidelberger from Loeb & Loeb LLP on Non-Fungible Tokens (“NFTs”). NFTs have seemingly come from nowhere to become a must-have in sports. Described as a “slam dunk in the world of sports”, powerful names across the sports landscape, including Patrick Mahomes, Tom Brady, and Mark Cuban are all getting in on the action. Come up to speed fast and learn the basics behind the crypto economy; current implementations across teams, leagues, and athletes; and the legal issues that are fast arising.


Practical Advice on Building Your Sports Law Practice

In this panel, Brandon Leopoldus, David Lisko and Trisha Newman, discuss methods, strategies, and solutions to working with athletes and entertainers to develop their own brands. The conversation will focus on considerations to keep in mind when developing a brand with a client, the benefits clients can have with their own brand, legal issues arising with individual athlete brands, and some tips for those looking to build brands with their clients and networks. Additionally, we will discuss issues that arise when athletes take a stand on social issues and the ramifications of public stances on political and social issues.


2020 Webinar Series: Insights on The Decision and Impact of Postponing The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

This Panel, composed of Maidie Oliveau, Maureen Weston, François Carrard, Paul Greene, Chris McCleary, Matt Mitten, Barbara Reeves, and Kacie Wallace discuss questions involving logistics, safety, commercial contracts, international sports competitions, and, importantly, the eligibility of an impact on the athletes as well as the enormous financial costs resulting from the decision to postpone* (daresay cancel?) the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


2020 Webinar Series: An Overview of Recent Legal Developments in Sports

Join Gabe Feldman and Matt Mitten in this panel as they focus on significant sports law developments from May 2019-April 2020, including agent regulation; professional team and individual sports; college, high school, recreational, and youth sports; and international and Olympic sports as well as Title IX, gender equality, and civil rights; intellectual property and broadcasting; personal injury, health and safety, and torts; stadia and venues; and sports betting and fantasy sports issues. In particular, the following topics will be discussed: In re National Collegiate Athletic Association Athletic Grant-in-Aid Cap Antitrust Litigation 9thCircuit ruling; Morgan v US Soccer Federation, Inc. Equal Pay Act and Title VII litigation; revision of IOC Rule 40 to permit Olympians to use their names, images, and likenesses in advertising campaigns during the Olympics subject to National Olympic Committee rules and its effects on U.S. Olympians and recent NCAA NIL developments.

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