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Courses 18/07/2019

Award-winning sports law professor Mark Conrad will give a live CLE presentation on “The Legal Structure of Sports Organizations” on July 31 at 1 p.m. EST for CLE Companion (https://clecompanion.com/), a legal technology company that is changing the CLE industry by offering an affordable and easy way for attorneys to satisfy their CLE requirement. The talk will be available on-demand thereafter.

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.

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. He served as president of the Sport and Recreation Law Association from 2014-15 and president of the Alliance for Sport Business from 2016-18.

This 60-minute CLE presentation is the first segment of a projected series discussing legal aspects of professional and amateur sports. Intended for those who wish to obtain a general background in the field for professional or personal interest, this first portion will discuss the organizational, legal and economic underpinnings of U.S. professional sports leagues, and a comparison between the U.S. models and those of international sports. Issues such as the antitrust consequences of leagues, the relative lack of statutory law that governs sports and the strong reliance on internal rules and regulations in the operations of sports organizations will make up the bulk of the lecture. Also discussed are the increasing calls for a human rights component in sports (both in the U.S. and particularly, internationally). Transparency and ethical rules of governance may be addressed at the conclusion of the presentation (time permitting).

Kristin Davidson, the founder and Executive Director of CLE Companion, noted that Professor Conrad, who received his B.A. from City College of New York and his J.D. from New York Law School, is highly respected by his peers.

“For anyone who is passionate about sports law, Mark has a lot to offer,” said Davidson. “He came highly recommended to us, and we are excited to add him to our roster of esteemed thought leaders in the legal industry.”

Sign up for Sports Law I: The Legal Structure of Sports Organizations HERE.

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