2013 Harvard Law School Sports Law Symposium
Thursday, March 28, 2013 from 11:45 AM to 6:00 PM (EDT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
The Harvard Committee on Sports and Entertainment Law, in conjunction with Harvard's Journal of Sports and Entertainment Law and Harvard's Association for Law and Business, presents:
2013 HLS Sports Law Symposium:
The Evolution of the Fan
Thursday, March 28, 2013 at Harvard Law School, Milstein West in Wasserstein Hall
The 2013 Sports Symposium will focus on evolving consumer experiences in the sports marketplace. Panels composed of executives from teams, leagues, and sports media outlets as well as law partners with prominent sports practices will address the business and legal challenges faced by the industry in each of three media contexts: the Stadium Experience, the Television Experience, and the Internet Experience. Ken Hershman, President of HBO Sports, will present a keynote address on cutting edge efforts to meet the demands of the modern sports fan.
- CSEL Board
- Professor Peter Carfagna, Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School
Watching the game live is the oldest and purest form of sports consumption. Yet the stadium experience has changed dramatically in recent years. From the construction of a $1.3 billion stadium in Dallas (where fans can finance a “Personal Seat License”) to the dramatic rise in incidents of violence at sporting events, the importance of expert lawyering could hardly be overstated. Issues likely to be discussed include stadium financing, advertising/naming rights, and liability related to security matters.
- Peter Carfagna: Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School (Co-Moderator)
- Marc Edelman: Associate Professor of Law, Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law; Fordham Univeristy (Co-Moderator)
- Len Komoroski: CEO, Cleveland Cavaliers
- Jim Holzman: Founder & CEO, Ace Ticket Worldwide, Inc.
- Jeff Miller: VP & Chief Security Officer, NFL
- Jon Oram: Partner, Proskauer Rose LLP - Sports Law Group
In 1951, the DuMont Network paid $75,000 for the national broadcast rights to the NFL Championship game. Between 2014-2022, the NFL will collect $20.4 billion from four television networks for the broadcast rights to NFL games (not to mention the fee to broadcast its draft, watched by 25 million last year). There are now more U.S. television networks devoted to sports programming - four of which are Spanish-language - than there are teams in the NBA. Issues likely to be discussed include crafting distribution deals, the impact of league-owned networks and pay-per-view on the market, and copyright considerations governing fair use of protected content.
- Michael McCann: Director of Sports and Entertainment Law Institute; Professor of Law, University of New Hampshire School of Law (Moderator)
- Brett Goodman: SVP, NBC Olympics/NBC Sports
- Ed Durso: EVP of Administration, ESPN
- Tom Ward: Partner, WilmerHale
- Ed Weiss: GC, Fenway Sports Group; NESN
The internet offers sports fans the luxury of consuming sports content on demand, wherever they can get a signal on their mobile device. How can owners protect their content? How well is existing law poised to keep up with rapid changes in technology? Issues likely to be discussed are the implications of live streaming of protected content, the shift from traditional journalism to blogging, the prospect for the law to thwart piracy, the implication of emerging media on existing licensing deals, and how the prospect of technological advances affects negotiations for future distribution rights.
- Patrick Rishe: Director, Sportsimpacts; Associate Professor of Economics, George Herbert Walker School of Business, Webster University; Contributor, Forbes Magazine (Moderator)
- Mary K. Braza: Partner, Foley & Lardner - Sports Industry Team
- Anthony D'Imperio: EVP, IMG
- Lauren Fisher: VP & GC, Vox Media/SBNation
- Lucia McKelvey: EVP, Top Rank, Inc.
- Scott Doyne: VP, Turner/NBA Digital
CSEL would like to thank Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP (www.milbank.com) for providing generous funding for this symposium.
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