Article by: Maureen A. Weston

41 PEPP. L. REV. 195 (2014)

On Friday, April 5, 2013, Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu, California convened the Pepperdine Law Review Symposium on The New Normal in College Sports: Realigned and Reckoning.  In conjunction with the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution’s Entertainment, Media, and Sports Dispute Resolution Project, the Law Review brought together top university administrators, conference commissioners, athletic directors, National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) representatives, preeminent sports law scholars, lawyers, and practitioners, as well as broadcasting and media experts to discuss the myriad issues facing the intercollegiate community in the new era of, for some, big-time intercollegiate sports programs.  Panelists included Ken Starr, President of Baylor University; Jeffrey Standen, Dean of Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University; Britton Banowsky, Conference USA Commissioner; Steve Potts, Director of Athletics at Pepperdine University; Dave Roberts, Vice President of Athletic Compliance at the University of Southern California; Brian Halloran, Public Member of the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions; Andrew Brandt, ESPN NFL Business Analyst and Director of Moorad Center for Sports Law at Villanova Law School; Brian Marler, Director of Houlihan Lokey; Babette E. Boliek, Associate Professor, Pepperdine University School of Law; and Mark Fainaru-Wada, ESPN Investigative Reporter.  Our distinguished panel of sports law scholars included professors Daniel E. Lazaroff, Director of the Loyola Sports Law Institute at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles; Gabe Feldman, Director of the Tulane Sports Law Program at Tulane University Law School; Michael McCann, Director of the Sports and Entertainment Law Institute at the University of New Hampshire School of Law; Matt Mitten, Director of the National Sports Law Institute at Marquette University; and Rod Smith, Director of the Center for Sports Law and Policy at Thomas Jefferson School of Law.  Pepperdine Law Distinguished Visiting Professor and ESPN Legal Analyst Roger Cossack and Pepperdine Law professors Ed Larson and myself served as moderators of four vibrant panels.  Jeffrey Moorad, Founder of Moorad Sports Management, former agent for Major League Baseball players, CEO of the Arizona Diamondbacks and San Diego Padres, and philanthropist, presented the Symposium’s Keynote Lecture.  This symposium issue of the forty-first volume of the Pepperdine Law Review presents scholarly writings by Professors Lazaroff, Feldman, Standen, Mitten, and Smith on important and emerging legal issues in college sports.

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