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Entertainment & Sports Law Symposium

» 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.

2019 Sports Law Symposium

Friday, March 8
10 a.m. - 5:45 p.m.
Kennedy Hall


Symposium Schedule

Welcome (10 a.m.)

Panel 1 – Legalization and Beyond: Navigating Cannabis’ Role in Sports (10:15 - 11:45 a.m.)

Despite cannabis being a banned substance across the four major American professional sport leagues and NCAA, a growing number of current and former professional athletes and scholars have begun advocating for its accepted use, citing health benefits. This panel will address how cannabis is currently utilized and its potential for utilization by athletes to identify and analyze relevant legal issues.

  • Matt Barnes, NBA Small Forward and Champion
  • Eben Britton, NFL Offensive Tackle

Moderator: Jim McAlpine, President and Founder, The 420 Games

Luncheon Panel – In It To Win: Strategies To Expand The Presence and Fandom of Women’s Sport (11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.)

Successes of women’s sport teams and female athletes in the U.S. and abroad have led to greater calls for publicity and fan development of women’s sports and female athletes. This panel will highlight the unique approaches leagues, players associations, teams and athletes are taking to promote the growth and visibility of women’s sport, and examine the role athletes of both genders play in expanding female athletes’ notoriety.

  • Jayne Appel-Marinelli, WNBPA Director of Player Relations and Former WNBA Player
  • Cappie Pondexter, WNBA Point Guard, MVP and Two-Time Champion
  • Steve Scebelo, Vice President of Licensing and Business Development, NFL Players Inc.

Moderator: Dean Matthew Parlow, Fowler School of Law

Panel 2 – Sport Gambling in a Post-PASPA United States: Wins and Losses for the Sport Industry (1:45 - 3:15 p.m.)

This panel will identify, discuss and analyze the sport industry’s response to states’ new opportunity to legalize sports gambling as a result of the Supreme Court’s decision in Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Association. Examining the legal nuances, opportunities and barriers to states’ decisions to legalize sport gambling within their borders, this panel will consider the strategic and ethical benefits and challenges the opportunity presents.

  • Kip Levin, President and Chief Operating Officer, FanDuel Group
  • Tamara Malvin, Partner, Akerman LLP
  • Daniel Wallach, Principal of Wallach Legal, LLC, and the Co-Founding Director of the University of New Hampshire School of Law Sports Wagering and Integrity Program
  • Jake Williams, Vice President of Legal and Regulatory Affairs, Sportradar

Moderator: Professor Celestine McConville, Fowler School of Law

Panel 3 – Athlete First: Cutting-Edge Strategies to Promote Player Well-Being (3:30 - 5 p.m.)

More than ever, professional sport leagues and teams are putting an emphasis on player well-being. The purpose of this panel is to identify cutting-edge approaches leagues, players associations and teams are taking to promote athlete mental and physical health. The panel will seek to identify standards of best practice in addressing the needs of athletes on and off of their fields of play.

  • David Cohen, Head of Player Operations, Alliance of American Football
  • Dr. William D. Parham, Professor, Loyola Marymount University and Director of Mental Health and Wellness, NBPA
  • Metta World Peace, NBA Small Forward, All-Star and Champion
  • Sheryl Swoopes, WNBA Shooting Guard/Small Forward, All-Star and Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist

Moderator: Alicia Jessop (JD '09), Assistant Professor, Pepperdine University and Head of Player Career and Education, Alliance of American Football

Keynote Speech - Ned Colletti (5 p.m.)

Ned Colletti is the former general manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers and executive-in-residence at Pepperdine University.

Book signing, The Big Chair: The Smooth Hops and Bad Bounces from the Inside World of the Acclaimed Los Angeles Dodgers, by Ned Colletti with reception to follow.

+ - Past Symposia Webcast Archives

2017 Symposium - The Evolution of Sports Business

Panel I: Sports Law 2.0: Broadening the Scope of Sports Law
Keynote Presentation: Los Angeles Dodgers President & CEO Stan Kasten
Panel II: Emerging Trends in Sports: The Business of eSports
Panel III: Keys to Success: Thriving as a Sports Agent in a Highly Competitive Market

2016 Symposium - Relationships, Regulations & Compliance: Forces of Change in Sports Law and Business
Panel I: Relationships Matter: Dealings and Negotiations as a Team Entity Counsel 
Panel II: Finding the Chosen One: The Complexities of Finding, Recruiting and Signing Professional Athlete Clients
Keynote: Shawne Merriman, former NFL linebacker
Panel III: Administrating the Adherence: Developments and Issues with Sports Administration and Compliance
Panel IV: Contract Negotiations and Commanding Calamity: An Agents Role in Navigating Image, Public Faux Pas and Branding

2015 Symposium - Taking Care of Business: How the Evolution of the Marketplace is Changing the Rules of the Game
Panel I: Jack of All Trades: How Business Acumen and Crisis Management Skills have Become Essential to the Role of In-House Counsels
Panel II: Slurs, Student-Athletes and Tattoos: Key Intellectual Property Battles in Sports and Their Implications
Keynote: David Dunn, CEO, Athletes First 
Panel III: How David Beats Goliath in the Age of Corporate Conglomerate Sports Agencies
Panel IV: Where Are We Now and Where Are We Going? Fiduciary Duties, Ethics and Conflicts of Interest in Athlete Representation

2014 Symposium - Where Sports and the Law Collide: Understanding the Legal Climate of the Sports Industry
Panel I: How Legal Skills Translate into Sports Agency
Keynote: David Meltzer, CEO, Sports 1 Marketing: Warren Moon Enterprises
Panel II: Contemporary Developments in Athlete Employment Law
Panel III: Legal Issues Facing Today’s General Counsels in the Sports Industry

See all webcast archives

Past Keynote Speakers

Rob Pelinka
Los Angeles Lakers general manager

Stan Kasten
Los Angeles Dodgers president & CEO

Shawne Merriman
Former NFL linebacker 

David Dunn
Athletes First CEO

Ned Colletti

2019 Keynote Speaker

Ned Colletti

Former General Manager, Los Angeles Dodgers