The legal and business landscape for professional and amateur sports is a dynamic one, displaying a myriad of legal issues that may lead to changes in governance, business models, statutory law, and judicial doctrine.
This one-hour course, presented by Fordham University professor Mark Conrad, will focus on several important issues: the Supreme Court’s consideration of New Jersey’s constitutional challenge to the federal ban on sports gambling (currently awaiting a decision), the doping scandals and the future of the Russian Olympic participation; the FIFA verdict and the future of governance in International Sports; an update on the investigation bribery charges against NCAA basketball coaches; the continued push to “professionalize” college sports through antitrust litigation; the NHL concussion litigation, and the victory of the “Slants” (and by extension, the Washington Redskins) to register trademarks that can be “disparaging.”
Mark Conrad is Associate Professor of Law and Ethics at Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business, where he directs its sports business concentration. In addition to teaching sports law, he has also taught courses covering contracts, business organizations, and media law.
Professor Conrad’s books and articles have appeared in academic, legal and general circulation publications. His book “The Business of Sports -- Off the Field, In the Office, On the News,” (Routledge/Taylor and Francis, has been cited in leading journals as one of the most comprehensive texts on the subject. The third edition will be released in the spring of 2017. He has also published in academic and non-academic journals on various sports law topics, including governance issues, intellectual property, collegiate and international issues. In addition to his full-time responsibilities at Fordham, Professor Conrad has served as adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Sports Management Program and at St. John’s University’s LL.M in International Sports Practice. He served as president of the Sport and Recreation Law Association from 2014-15 and now is president of the Alliance for Sport Business. Professor Conrad has been quoted in the New York Times, Boston Globe, and Chicago Tribune and has appeared on CNN and Bloomberg TV.
Professor Conrad received his B.A. from City College of New York and his J.D. from New York Law School. He also received an M.S. from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. He is a member of the New York and District of Columbia bars and resides in New York City.
You may follow him at Twitter at @Sportslaw1.
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