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Friday, April 13, 2007
Harvard Law School Panel on NBA Regulation of Player Expression

Harvard Law School and Lebron James

Next Wednesday, April 18th, Harvard Law School's Committee on Sports and Entertainment Law will host a panel entitled On & Off the Court: The NBA's Regulation of Player Expression. The panel will discuss the new NBA age limit, new technical foul rules, the dress code, and other issues that relate to life as an NBA player and life as a prospective NBA player.

The panel will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Pound 107 (directions to HLS/campus map). The event is open to the public.

I am honored to be a panelist, particularly since this subject is near and dear to my heart and particularly since each of the other panelists brings with him extraordinary experiences and insights on NBA player issues (just take a look below at who the other panelists are--it's an incredible group). Here is the official flyer on what should be an outstanding event:

Harvard Law School Committee on Sports and Entertainment Law Presents

The NBA's Regulation of Player Expression

Wednesday, April 18, 2007 7:30 p.m.
Pound 107
Harvard Law School
Cambridge, MA


Hal Biagas
Deputy Counsel of the National Basketball Player's Association (NBPA)

Maverick Carter
LeBron James' representative and CEO of LRMR Marketing

Michael McCann
Sports Law Professor, Scholar, and Litigator

Kurt Schoeppler
Business Manager of Vince Carter and LeBron James

Jason Whitlock
Columnist of the Kansas City Star and AOL Sports


Peter Carfagna
Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School and former Chief Legal Counsel at IMG

If you are in the Boston area next Wednesday, I hope that you are able to attend what should be a fantastic discussion on issues concerning player autonomy in the NBA, and it would be great to meet you and any reader of this blog. For more information about the panel, please e-mail Mike Menitove at


Hey Mike this is a favoire topic of mine, however I cannot make it. Do you think you could give a description of it when it is over?

Anonymous Anonymous -- 4/13/2007 9:26 AM  

Hi Kenny,

Thanks for your note and you suggest a very good idea on a recap after it's over. I will write one and publish it the next day (Thursday of next week).

Blogger Michael McCann -- 4/13/2007 10:42 AM  

Maverick LeBron's agent? I'm not sure about that. He's the marketing director and CEO.

Leon Rose represented LeBron during his recent contract negotiations, didn't he? Maverick just handles the marketing aspects through their company.

Blogger Lachlan -- 4/14/2007 1:57 AM  

new foul rules?? they to invent new rules?

Blogger law-in-moldova -- 4/15/2007 6:45 AM  

I would love to be there, unfortunately I cannot.

I hope the sanity of this discussion remains intact. To dissolve into an Imus thing would be unfortunate.

Jason is surely making his rounds.

I hope he uses this exposure to truly work on solutions instead of calling out his own race (I'm holding Blacks accountable too), in such a polarizing fashion.

I'm not so sure he has the back bone to do this. I hope I'm wrong.

Anonymous Michael Tillery -- 4/16/2007 11:50 AM  

How does the age limit relate to the topic being discussed? Is the argument that NBA enacted the age limit in part because younger players were more likely to engage in inappropriate on/off-court expression?

Also, I hope the panel discusses the NFL's recent disciplining of Pacman Jones and Chris Henry. I'd be interested to hear how NBA players (or at least their representatives) view the punishments.

Anonymous Anonymous -- 4/16/2007 4:38 PM  

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