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Monday, March 02, 2015
UNH Law and Sports Illustrated Pro Sports Law Panel on Thursday, March 5

If you're in New England, we have a great professional sports law panel coming up this Thursday at the University of New Hampshire School of Law with topics including analysis of Donald Sterling, Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson controversies as well as legal issues surrounding Deflategate. The event will be co-sponsored by the UNH Law Sports and Entertainment Law Institute and Sports Illustrated:

Justice or Kangaroo Court? Rethinking Personal Conduct and Fair Play Policies in Professional Sports Leagues

A Panel Discussion Co-Sponsored by the University of New Hampshire School of Law and Sports Illustrated

UNH Law's Sports and Entertainment Law Institute will host and co-sponsor this panel with Sports Illustrated on recent controversies and legal developments in pro sports leagues' personal conduct and fair play policies.
This event is free and open to the public but space is limited.
Please RSVP to Mary O’Malley at
Questions: Please contact her at (603) 513-5246.
Discussion will center on how leagues respond to misconduct that occurs off the field and allegations of unfair play on the field, most notably the “Deflategate” controversy implicating the New England Patriots. Relevant off the field misconduct includes domestic violence, child abuse, drinking and driving and racially offensive remarks. Leagues and their respective players' associations employ very different legal frameworks for investigating and disciplining owners, league officials, team executives, coaches and players and the panel will compare and contrast the different frameworks.
Specific discussion topics will include:
  • How the NFL has responded to the Deflategate controversy and potential remedies for the New England Patriots if the team is cleared
  • How the NFL responded to Ray Rice’s domestic violence charges and Adrian Peterson’s child abuse charges
  • How the NBA responded to Jeff Taylor's domestic violence charges
  • How the NHL responded to Slava Voynov's domestic violence charges
  • How the NFL responded to Indianapolis Colts' owner Jim Irsay’s DUI charges and Browns' owner Jimmy Haslam's fraud investigation
  • How the NBA responded to racially-insensitive remarks by Los Angles Clippers owner Donald Sterling and Atlanta Hawks' owner Bruce Levenson
  • Privacy considerations in monitoring off-field conduct, as well as morals clauses and financial penalties in player contracts, will also play central roles in the discussion


B.J. Schecter
Schecter is Executive Editor of Sports Illustrated and Schecter runs the magazine’s investigative team, oversees college sports and manages content for the website, among other responsibilities. He is also a sports law and investigative reporting professor at UNH Law, and a sports journalism professor at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and Fordham University.


Michael McCann
McCann is the founding Director of the Sports and Entertainment Law Institute at UNH Law, where he is also a Professor of Law. McCann is also a Legal Analyst and Writer atSports Illustrated & McCann has authored more than 20 law review articles, including placements in the Yale Law Journal and Boston College Law Review, and more than 300 columns and investigative articles for Sports Illustrated and
Alan Milstein
Milstein is a Shareholder at Sherman Silverstein in New Jersey. He is one of the nation's leading litigators in both sports law and bioethics and the law. Among his most significant sports law matters, Milstein litigated on behalf of Maurice Clarett in his historic challenge of the NFL’s eligibility rule and on behalf of Eddy Curry when the Chicago Bulls attempted to require Curry to take a DNA test as a precondition to a contract. Milstein has also litigated on behalf of Allen Iverson, Carmelo Anthony, Allen Houston and other sports figures in various matters. Milstein is also an accomplished author and legal commentator.
Kimberly Myers
Myers is Director of the Criminal Practice Clinic at UNH Law. She also teaches UNH Law’s Advanced Trial Advocacy class (National Trial Competition) with New Hampshire Superior Court Judge Jacalyn Colburn. Myers is an accomplished attorney with a focus on criminal defense. She is a 2001 graduate of UNH Law and clerked for Chief Justice John Broderick of the New Hampshire Supreme Court.
Robert Raiola
Raiola is the Sports & Entertainment Senior Group Manager at OConnor Davies, LLP in New Jersey. A certified public accountant, Raiola is a nationally recognized expert on sports tax and sports business matters. He represents a number of professional athletes in tax and related matters. Raiola is also co-author of Winning Tax Strategies & Planning for Athletes & Entertainers and has co-authored several articles on
Daniel Wallach
Wallach is a Shareholder at Becker & Poliakoff in Florida. He is a nationally-recognized expert on gaming law and sports law, and has represented racetracks, casino operators and poker rooms in gaming-related matters. He has written extensively about New Jersey’s efforts to legalize sports wagering in the face of opposition by professional sports leagues and the NCAA, and has provided key insights on California law related to Donald Sterling.
Warren Zola
Zola is the executive director of the Office of Corporate and Government Affairs at Boston College’s Carroll School of Management. An attorney and thought leader in the business of sports and sports law, Zola teaches graduate courses in the Carroll School and lectures around the country. As chair of Boston College’s Professional Sports Counseling Panel, Zola counsels student-athletes on the transition from college to professional sports.


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