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, and statutory law and judicial doctrine. This program will be taught by Mark Conrad, an associate professor of law and ethics at Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business and director of the sports business concentration. During the course, Mr. Conrad will focus on several major developments in sports law during the last year, the most important of which may be the Supreme Court’s ruling in Murphy v. NCAA, and its aftermath. With the court declaring unconstitutional the quarter-century ban on state sports gambling, a new landscape has been created with at least eight states establishing legalized betting schemes at the end of 2018. The ramifications of the ruling, a comparison of some of the state laws, and issue of integrity and the future role of Congress will be just a few of the issues discussed.
Other subjects to be addressed will be the NCAA governance and the possible change or end of the “amateurism” model, the continuing governance issues among Olympic governing bodies in the wake of the Nasser scandal, the NHL concussion litigation settlement and the continuing issue of right of publicity and athletes (especially important in state that permit gambling and fantasy sports). Time permitting, issues involving recent challenges to franchise relocation will conclude the presentation.
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.
Best program of the bundle so far (and by far).
Good presentation with broad coverage of the area.
Really interesting topic and great presenter!
Very knowledgeable speaker who clearly presented the materials.
Interesting course that addresses a number of legal doctrines under the general category of being sports-related.
I thought this was a very good CLE. It would be interesting to see Kapernick revisited in 2020 as well as safety for college and professional players regarding COVID-19
Terrific presenter informative, yet entertaining
Very interesting topic. Speaker did a great job highlighting all the relevant, current events.
Aweomse material and super interesting
Perhaps the BEST course I have taken online ever! Instructor was excellent and materials were succinct and substantive. Highly recommend!
Very enjoyable instructor.
Interesting and informative.
Great course on the legal issues in professional, college, and Olympic sports. As an in-house corporate counsel this overview on sports law was one of the best LawLine courses I've watched.
Fun presentation - great for sports fans and lawyers
good speaker. very clear.
Absolutely excellent presentation - presenter most knowledgeable - a privilege to attend.
This lecturer was very interesting and made the subject come to life.
Very interesting and varied subject matter. I learned a lot
very interesting topics covered
Instructor was very knowledgeable_
I enjoyed the lecture even though I really hate sports.
speaker knew the subject matter well
Conrad knows his subjects and is a valuable asset to Lawline. Please do not lose him
This course was interesting and enjoyable.
Speaker was very knowledgeable.
he was great. very knowledgable and it went quick. interesting topic.
Looking forward the next update
I thought this was terrific.
A wealth of sports information traversing the college and professional athletics was all one could ask for in the time reserved for the presentation.
Fantastic! Brought to attention many events of which I was unaware. Great slides.
Loved it. Great presentation.
very good material, presented well too
Provided prospectives I was unaware of but now understand.
Clear and concise
Excellent presentation. Covered a lot of interesting topics.
The audio format is perfect!
very interesting subject matter!
Excellent presentation by extremely experienced/informed presenter.
Very well done.
I didn't think I would have any interest in this topic, but the instructor was really great and made it fun. Well done!
The slides were excellent. Much better than some of the other courses.
Very interesting program.
Great topic, really interesting course.
Nice overview of current developments in NY gambling law.
outstanding presentation and content
Nice coverage of a changing environment. Excellent use of resources.
Excellent — and fun!
Excellent! Informative and current.
Professor Conrad was very knowledgeable and presented the topics well.
Great program! Substantive and wide ranging. A lot of good information in a concise format.
Really interesting speaker and kept the topics lively. Broad range of knowledge. Very informative.
Fordham law alum here - thanks for a robust program!
Conversational tone, up to date information.