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NYU School of Law Sports Law Symposium

The following article was written by Spencer Wingate.

Brought to you by the NYU School of Law IPELS Sports Law Group
Sponsored by Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Date and Time: March 23, 2012, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Vanderbilt Hall, 40 Washington Square South map


Collective Bargaining and Labor Relations (10:00 am – 11:50 am)
What is the topic occupying most sports attorneys lately? Drug testing? Crime? No, it’s collective bargaining and labor relations. Fresh off prolonged lockouts in the NFL and NBA and a peaceful CBA negotiating process in MLB, experts and participants in past, present, and future negotiations come to NYU Law to discuss their experiences and highlight problems looming ahead.


  • Rob Manfred, Executive Vice President of Labor Relations, Major League Baseball
  • Russ Granik, former NBA Deputy Commissioner
  • Charles Grantham, former National Basketball Player’s Association Executive Director
  • Bruce Meyer, Partner, Weil, Gotshal & Manges
  • Moderator: Dana Jacobson, ESPN anchorwoman

Keynote Address:  The Role of the Commissioner (12:00 pm – 1:00 pm)


  • Gary Bettman ’77, NHL Commissioner

The Role of Lawyers in Franchise Sports Teams and Leagues (2:00 pm – 4:30 pm)

Lawyers play a huge role in the every day happenings in sports franchises and leagues, including managing the salary cap, contracting with a facility, and buying and selling teams. Hear from some of the foremost lawyers who deal with these important tasks on a regular basis.


  • Ari Nissim, Director of Football Administration, New York Jets
  • Russ Granik, Vice Chairman, Galatioto Sports Partners
  • More speakers to be announced.
  • Moderators: Robert Boland, Academic Chair and Professor of Sports Management & NYU Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism & Sports Management

Reception to follow…

RSVP: here or contact Justin Cohen- for additional information