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Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Fordham University School of Law Symposium on Sports Law

Next Friday, April 20, the Fordham Sports Law Forum will be hosting the 11th Annual Fordham Sports Law Symposium. The event, which will be held in Fordham University School of Law's McNally Amphitheatre (which is located on Fordham's Lincoln City Campus), has a great lineup of speakers and topics. It also offers 6 New York CLE credits. Here is the schedule:

9:30 am – Panel I: Sports Re-Broadcasting and Exclusivity Rights in the Changing Media Landscape. This panel will discuss the development and impact of new media platforms and devices like YouTube, Slingbox, satellite radio and on the sports world.

Moderator: Anthony J. Dreyer, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP

Mark Conrad, Associate Professor of Business Law, Fordham University
Mark Loughney, VP of Sales & Strategy Research, ABC
Michael Mellis, Senior VP & General Counsel, Major League Baseball Advanced Media
David Proper, Senior Counsel, National Football League

11:10 am – Panel II: International Player Transfer Systems and Related Immigration Issues. This panel will focus on the legal regimes in place for bringing international players, such as Dirk Nowitzki, Jaromir Jagr and Hideki Matsui, to the US. The panel will also discuss the relevant immigration law issues with regards to the growing influx of foreign players to professional sports leagues.

Moderator: Jennifer Gordon, Professor, Fordham University School of Law

Jean Afterman, Assistant General Manager, New York Yankees
Lisa D’Avolio, Skadden, Arps, Meagher & Flom, LLP
Bill Daly, Deputy Commissioner, National Hockey League
Sunil Gulati, President, US Soccer

1:45 pm – Keynote Address: Tim Brosnan, Executive VP of Business, Major League Baseball “MLB’s Extra Innings Package”

2:30 pm – Panel III: Potential Criminal and Civil Liability for Athletes’ Conduct During the Ordinary Course of Game Play. This panel will discuss past cases involving players such as Marty McSorely, Todd Bertuzzi and Albert Haynesworth, address the application of criminal and civil law in both the US and Canada and debate the extent to which athletes should be liable for their actions during game play.

Moderator: Anastasia Danias, Counsel, National Football League

Tim Danson, Danson, Recht & Voudouris
Paul Kelly, Kelly, Libby & Hoopes
Roy Reichbach, General Counsel, New York Islanders
Michael Weiner, General Counsel, Major League Baseball Players’ Association

To register, click here. You may also contact the symposium's co-chairs, Rebecca Ronzio at or Jonathan Kotler at


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