Courtesy of Jakob Wells

2017 Entertainment & Sports Law Symposium

» 2017 Entertainment & Sports Law Symposium

In association with the Sports Lawyers Association



The Evolution of Sports Business


April 14, 2017
9:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Kennedy Hall 237

Sponsored by 
Greenberg Gross LLP

Chapman University is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider and certifies that this activity has been approved for MCLE credit in the amount of 3 units of general MCLE credit (see more information below).


Symposium Schedule: 


sponsorCheck-in and Registration (9:30-10 a.m.)

Panel 1: Sports Law 2.0: Broadening the Scope of Sports Law (10-11:30 a.m.) *1.5 MCLE Credits

  • Paul Greene – Founder, Global Sports Advocates, LLC
  • Alicia Jessop (JD ’09) – Founder, RulingSports.com; Assistant Professor, University of Miami
  • Chris Koras (JD '11) (moderator) – COO and General Counsel, REP1 Baseball, a Subsidiary of REP1 Sports
  • Brooke Mallette – Assistant Vice President and Senior Legal Counsel, AT&T
  • Chad Payne – Vice President of Business Affairs, The Players' Tribune
  • Brandon Witkow– Founding Partner, witkow | baskin

Keynote Luncheon: Featuring Los Angeles Dodgers President & CEO Stan Kasten (11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.)

Panel 2: Emerging Trends in Sports: The Business of eSports (1:30-3 p.m.) *1.5 MCLE Credits

  • Wayne Gross – Founding Partner, Greenberg Gross LLP
  • Kathy Z. Heller (moderator) – Associate Professor and Executive Director of the Entertainment Law Emphasis Program, Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law
  • Katherine Hollist – Associate Attorney, Gallagher & Kennedy
  • Alex Igelman – CEO, Millennial Esports
  • Roger Quiles – Founder, 1337 Sports Management

Panel 3: Keys to Success: Thriving as a Sports Agent in a Highly Competitive Market (3:15-4:45 p.m.)

  • Evan Brennan (JD ’15) – NFLPA Certified Agent, 360 Sports LLC
  • Jim Duquette – Former General Manager, New York Mets; former Vice President of Baseball Operations, Baltimore Orioles; current Analyst, SportsNet New York
  • Michael Gruen – Senior Vice President, NBPA and FIBA Certified Agency 3PT Sports Management
  • Robert Martin – Managing Partner & Owner, ICON Sports Management
  • Matthew Parlow (moderator) – Dean and Donald P. Kennedy Chair in Law, Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law

En Banc Reception: Join us for appetizers & drinks (5-7 p.m.)

Speakers subject to change based on schedules and availability. Header image above Courtesy of Jakob Wells.

+ - Keynote Speaker - Stan Kasten

Stan Kasten became president and CEO of the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 30, 2012.  Under Kasten, the Dodgers have won four consecutive NL West titles, a first in franchise history, led the Major League in attendance each of those years, and revitalized the Dodgers' minor league system into what Baseball America has declared is No. 1 in baseball. 

For more than three decades, Kasten has been a highly respected sports figure and has developed a reputation for creating winning sports franchises.

He was president of the Washington Nationals from 2006-10, where he worked to re-energize a dormant baseball fan base and simultaneously established a crown jewel franchise in Washington, D.C.

In 1999, Kasten became the first sports figure to hold the title of president of three different teams in three different major sports simultaneously. He accomplished this unique feat with Major League Baseball’s Atlanta Braves, the National Basketball Association’s Atlanta Hawks and the National Hockey League’s Atlanta Thrashers.

Highlighting Kasten’s professional career was the Braves’ 1995 World Championship. During his tenure, the Braves and Hawks made a combined 30 post-season appearances and claimed 15 division titles, including 12 in a row in the Braves’ unprecedented run from 1991-2003.

Kasten has been a member of numerous MLB, NBA, and NHL ownership committees during his professional career, including NBA committees on marketing, player pensions and expansion and the NBA Board of Governors, MLB’s owners negotiating committee and chairman of the Player Personal Development Committee, and the NHL’s Board of Governors and its executive committee. He is also a former trustee of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

Throughout his impressive sports career, Kasten has relied on three pillars – scouting and player development, enhancing the fan experience and community outreach – to establish franchises built for long-term success on and off the field.

In 1979, at age 27, Kasten became the youngest general manager in NBA history with the Hawks. He held the position until 1990. Kasten became the Hawks’ president in 1986. During his lengthy tenure in the Hawks’ front office, Kasten became the first  – and only – NBA executive to win back-to-back Executive of the Year awards in 1986-87. With the help of future NBA Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins, Kasten was able to build Atlanta into a perennial playoff contender, posting four consecutive 50-win seasons from 1986-89, and set franchise attendance records. In the 1990s, Kasten guided Atlanta to a stretch of seven consecutive playoff appearances, including three 50-win seasons.

Kasten also became president of the Braves in 1986. From 1987-2003, the Braves won more games than any other team in MLB. As president of the Braves, Kasten helped assemble talented teams that consistently competed for a world championship. Led by manager Bobby Cox, the Braves teams of that era were built around a deep pitching staff that featured Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, Steve Avery and John Smoltz. The cornerstone of the Braves’ lineup was All-Star third baseman, Chipper Jones. From 1991-2005, the Braves won 14 consecutive division titles, five National League pennants, and the 1995 World Series.

In 1999, when the NHL awarded Atlanta an expansion team, Kasten added the title of president of the Thrashers, as well as chairman of the newly constructed Philips Arena. He was also involved in the design and construction of Turner Field. Kasten held all three positions until 2003, when he stepped down.

Kasten was named to the board of directors of LA24 in 2015 to support the city’s bid to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic games. This came on the heels of Kasten being elected in 2014 to the LA84 Foundation’s board of directors. LA84 is the legacy of the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles and primary funder of youth athletics in Southern California.

The Los Angeles Sports Council named Kasten 2013 Sports Executive of the Year.    

A native of Lakewood, N.J., Kasten is a graduate of New York University and Columbia University Law School. Kasten and his wife, Helen, have four children: Alana, Corey, Sherry and Jay.