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Hot Topics in Sports Law: What to Expect in 2019

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Produced on February 05, 2019

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Course Information

Time 91 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

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, 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.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Examine the ramifications of the Murphy ruling and the rise of legalized sports gambling
  2. Analyze the current series of cases challenging the NCAA’s limitations on student-athlete compensation and continuation of “amateurism”
  3. Discuss the future of national Olympic sports governing bodies in the wake of the Nasser scandal
  4. Review the settlement of the NHL concussion litigation and why it is so much less than the NFL concussion cases
  5. Assess the weakening of athlete right of publicity claims in the wake of the Daniels v. FanDuel ruling by the Indiana Supreme Court
  6. Identify antitrust challenges to franchise relocation

Credit Information

This course is pre-approved for CLE credit in the following states. If your state is not listed, contact support for more information on how to receive credit

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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, 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.


Alexander D.

Nice overview of current developments in NY gambling law.

Trey P.

outstanding presentation and content

Susan L. W.

Nice coverage of a changing environment. Excellent use of resources.

Patrick O.

Excellent — and fun!

Wendy S.

Excellent! Informative and current.

Andrew P.

Professor Conrad was very knowledgeable and presented the topics well.

Kenneth R.

Great program! Substantive and wide ranging. A lot of good information in a concise format.

mklaw2004@gmail.com K.

Really interesting speaker and kept the topics lively. Broad range of knowledge. Very informative.

Jennifer T.

Fordham law alum here - thanks for a robust program!

edward n.

great program!

Daniel H.

Conversational tone, up to date information.

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