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Hot Topics in Sports Law: What to Expect in 2020

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Produced on February 04, 2020

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Course Information

Time 1h 3m
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Sports Law

Course Description

The legal and business landscape for professional and amateur sports continues to experience rapid change. The last year was a dynamic one, involving a myriad of legal issues that may lead to a significant alteration in the collegiate model and more incremental changes in professional sports. Taught by sports law professor Mark Conrad, this 60-minute course will discuss the major sports law issues for the coming year that may lead to critical changes in the field. Highlights include California’s law allowing student athletes to monetize their names, likenesses, and images, and the NCAA’s response to that law. Other topics will include the increasing number of states legalizing sports betting and the ramifications for leagues and athletes, the rising labor tensions between the Major League Baseball and its Players Association and similarly, between the NFL and its players. In the area of Olympic sports, the seminar will discuss the continuing ramifications of the sexual abuse scandals and the latest litigation. Also covered will be updates on concussion litigation, and challenges to “jock taxes” aimed at athletes.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Discuss the ramifications of California’s “Pay to Play” law and potential constitutional challenges to that law
  2. Analyze whether the NCAA will implement its new policy allowing student athletes to monetize their names and images
  3. Review updates to the ongoing the antitrust challenge to limitations on student athlete compensation
  4. Predict the prospects for labor unrest in professional sports
  5. Interpret the latest rulings involving athlete injuries due to concussions
  6. Gauge the reforms coming from cases of sexual and emotional abuse of athletes and the responsibility of governing bodies 

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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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James C.

Fun CLE topic for sports fans

Diane H.

Always enjoy his update!

Kim M.


Scott B.

Always a good, solid presentation.

Ryan B.

Very good mix between law and real life ongoing cases. Speaker did a very good job connecting it all together!

Andrew A.

Very entertaining.

Amy M.


Gary J.

Prof. Conrad has a broad, thorough knowledge of the topic. He presents in a conversational manner that enhances the course.

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Michael L.

Well presented

William S.

Excellent and thorough presentation by Mr. Conrad, the slide deck was detailed and provided pertinent information.

Susan M. B.

Very interesting; nice change learning about legal issues surrounding current sports

Jeremy S.

That was more fun than your typical CLE, thank you.

John H.

On point with my practice

James M.

Thank you - I appreciate the quality presentation.

Daniel H.

Interesting and timely

Joseph A. V.

Very knowledgeable and understandable presentation, kept my interest.

Joseph M.

Very interesting subject matter

Christopher S.

Interesting topic.

Frank B.

Good course with a bunch of things going on (although he did punt on my question :)

Thomas S.

Great presentation, tons of topics covered in sports law. Could have taken an all day one on these topics

Michael S.

Great info condensed into an hour long CLE

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