Hot Topics in Sports Law: What to Expect in 2021

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Course Information

Time 60 Minutes
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Sports Law

Course Description

While the COVID pandemic has greatly affected the sports industry, many other legal and business events also transpired in the last year that continue to have ramifications in 2021. Presented by Fordham University sports law professor Mark Conrad, this course will discuss the continuing tensions surrounding the NCAA and name, image, and likeness questions, both from the legislation and litigation side. The course will also discuss notable cases involving sports and the right of publicity, new labor agreements, the future of rights agreements in an age of increasing streaming, and the governance of both the professional leagues and the Olympic bodies. The discussion will also include a review of two important Congressional enactments in late 2020: The Empowering Olympic, Paralympic and Amateur Athletes Act, which gives Congress the power to dissolve Olympic bodies, and the Rodchenkov Anti-Doping Act, which criminalizes international doping fraud conspiracies and give U.S. prosecutors unprecedented control over international sports doping. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Review the continued tug of war between the NCAA and states and the courts as college sports continues to be professionalized

  2. Track the key provisions of the Empowering Athletes and Rodchenkov acts 

  3. Discuss the provision of the latest NFL/NFLPA and NHL/NHLPA collective bargaining agreements

  4. Identify the possible ramifications of cutbacks in college sports programs

  5. Keep apprised of the latest developments in broadcast rights negotiations

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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.