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Hot Topics in Sports Law: What to Expect in 2018

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Produced on February 06, 2018

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Course Information

Time 1h 1m
Difficulty Beginner
Topics covered in this course: Intellectual Property Sports Law

Course Description

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.”

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss the ramifications of the upcoming ruling in Christie on the future of legalized sports gambling
  2. Identify the effect of the Russian doping ban on PED regulation on international sports federations
  3. Examine the future of international sports governance in the wake of the successful prosecution of former FIFA officials in the United States and an update on the charges filed against NCAA college basketball coaches  
  4. Explore trends in the professionalization of college sports and updates on the Jenkins case 
  5. Review updates on the continuing concussion litigation filed by former NHL players
  6. Analyze the Supreme Court ruling in the Slants case and how the end of Lanham Act limitations on “disparaging” trademarks help the Washington Redskins and Cleveland Indians

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Mark Conrad

Fordham University Gabelli School of Business

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, 2017) has been cited in leading journals as one of the most comprehensive texts on the subject. He has also published in numerous academic and non-academic journals on various sports law topics, including governance issues, intellectual property, collegiate and international issues. His current research focuses on a new governance structure for track and field, both in the U.S. and abroad.  

In addition to his full-time responsibilities at Fordham, Professor Conrad has served as an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s master’s program in Sports Management, St. John’s University School of Law and New York Law School. He has lectured at Northwestern University’s campus on Doha, Qatar and has appeared on panels and symposia at Harvard Law School, Duke University School of Law, the University of Virginia School of Law, as well the law schools of Fordham, Pace, Hofstra, DePaul and Arizona State Universities.

Professor Conrad has been quoted in journals such as the New York Times, Boston Globe, and Chicago Tribune and has appeared on CNN, WCBS-TV, Fox5 NY, Bloomberg TV and i24News.

Professor Conrad received his B.A. from City College of New York and his J.D. from New York Law School. After receiving his law degree, he earned 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 on Twitter at @Sportslaw1.


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Brittin F.

Good Course.

Johnny K.

Good speaker on the topic. Communication was very good.

Edward S.

Solid presentation.

Leonard S.

interesting and very well presented

William B.

Outstanding presentation.

Nicholas K.

Excellent presentation

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