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Friday, September 28, 2007
Reversing Field

The West Virginia University College of Law is proud to present "Reversing Field: Examining Commercialization, Labor and Race in 21st Century Sports Law." The two day symposium is next week, October 4-5, 2007. WVU Law has assembled a dynamic and diverse group of academics, practitioners and thinkers to debate the hard issues in sports law, including the commercialization of the college athlete, racism in collegiate athletics, "The Rooney Rule" in the NFL, gender equity and Title IX, the utility of drug testing and economic weapons.

Keynote and Featured speakers include:

Len Elmore, former NCAA and NBA basketball player and current college basketball analyst for ESPN, CBS, and ABC. Elmore is also senior counsel at the law firm of Leboeuf, Lamb, Greene and MacRae, LLP.

Sherri Burr, law professor at the University of New Mexico School of Law and dynamic author, producer and entertainment lawyer. Burr will be speaking about the "modern athlete as a television celebrity."

William B. Gould IV, Professor Emeritus at Stanford Law School and leading labor law expert. Gould has been a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators since 1970 and has arbitrated and mediated more than 200 labor disputes, including the 1992 and 1993 salary disputes between the Major League Baseball Players Association and the Major League Baseball Player Relations Committee.

Kenneth Shropshire, Professor at the Wharton School at Penn. and author of numerous books, including "Being Sugar Ray: America's Greatest Boxer and First Celebrity Athlete." Shropshire will keynote the October 4, 2007 dinner banquet where he will discuss Sugar Ray Robinson and sign books following the address.

For a full conference schedule and to register, please log on to:

Reversing Field promises to be an exciting and cutting edge event. Many contributors and guests of the Sports Law Blog will participate as panelists, including Michael McCann and Andre Smith. Attendance is free.


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