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Entertainment & Sports Law Symposium

ยป Entertainment & Sports Law Symposium

The Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law Entertainment and Sports Law Society hosts an annual symposium focusing on the field of sports and entertainment law. The symposium covers substantive areas of law such as intellectual property, contract law, labor law, anti-trust law, and corporate finance. The Entertainment and Sports Law Society endeavors to educate its members on the relevant legal issues that accompany this rigorous practice area. By organizing symposia, the society seeks to work with individuals and organizations within the profession and provide information and assistance concerning potential employment opportunities.

2022 Entertainment & Sports Law Symposium

Friday, April 8
Held virtually via Zoom

Symposium Schedule

Keynote Address (10:30 - 11:30 a.m.)

Kevin Beggs, Chair of the Lionsgate Television Group and Chief Content Integration Officer


Panel 1 - College Athlete Rights: The Way Forward (11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.)

On July 1, 2021, following more than a decade of federal litigation and numerous states enacting legislation, college athletes gained the right to financially benefit from their name, image and likeness. This panel will explore the new pathways of opportunities this right has created for college athletes. Beyond income generation, the panel will also explore how name, image and likeness can generate greater fan interest in college sport, particularly for womens' and Olympic sports. The panel will also analyze what is next legally for securing expanded rights for college athletes.


  • Amanda Beard, Seven-time Olympic medalist (swimming); founder of Beard Swim Co.
  • Kristi Dosh, Attorney; founder of Business of College Sports
  • Talanoa Hufanga, Safety, San Francisco 49ers
  • Chris Murphy, U.S. Senator from Connecticut
  • April Ross, Three-time Olympic medalist (beach volleyball)
  • Damien Wilkins, NBA veteran; Dean of Athlete Experience and Culture at Overtime Elite

Panel 2 - Creative Disruption: Examining the NFT Landscape (1:15 - 2:30 p.m.)

Blockchain technology has allowed for the creation of a new mode of art, known as non-fungible tokens or "NFTs." The sport and entertainment industries have been trailblazers in the adoption and proliferation of the NFT marketplace, utilizing the digital art form to attract new fans and cement established consumers' loyalties. Further, athletes and entertainers have turned to NFTs not only as an income generating opportunity, but as an entrepreneurial endeavor. This panel will explore how leaders in sport and entertainment are engaging in the NFT space to secure their futures amidst the rise of Web3. The panel will also examine important legal considerations this rapidly emerging and growing industry faces.


  • Michael Carter-Williams - NBA point guard
  • Lauren Gibbs - Olympic medalist (bobsledding)
  • Don Ho (JD '06) - Attorney; founder of blockchainlaw.xyz
  • Cassius Marsh, NFL veteran; founder, Cash Cards Unlimited
  • Renee Montgomery, Two-time WNBA Champion; Co-Owner of the Atlanta Dream

Symposia Gallery

Past Keynote Speakers

DeMaurice Smith
Executive Director, National Football League Players' Association (NFLPA)

Ned Colletti
Former Los Angeles Dodgers general manager

Rob Pelinka
Los Angeles Lakers general manager

Stan Kasten
Los Angeles Dodgers president & CEO

Shawne Merriman
Former NFL linebacker 

David Dunn
Athletes First CEO

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2022 Keynote Speaker

Kevin Beggs

Kevin Beggs is Chair of the Lionsgate Television Group and Lionsgate Chief Content Integration Officer, overseeing development and production of all scripted and non-scripted programming. A 24-year veteran of the company and a member of its corporate senior management team, he has spearheaded the strategic expansion of Lionsgate’s television production operations into one of the largest independent television businesses in the world. Additionally, Beggs helps oversee the company’s "Lionsgate 360" efforts, the cross-collaborative approach to developing new content from iconic Lionsgate intellectual properties across all of its businesses.