38th Annual Conference
May 10–12, 2012 Hilton Bayfront, San Diego, CA



Sports Lawyers Association 12100 Sunset Hills Rd Suite 130 Reston VA 20190 phone: 703.437.4377 x 4085, 4071, or 4070 fax: 703.435.4390 email: sla@sportslaw.org www.sportslaw.org

General Information

Who Should Attend?

This conference program is designed for attorneys, agents, representatives of professional athletes, professional sports teams and leagues, players associations, stadium and arena authorities, and companies tangentially involved with amateur sports; students and professors of sports law; educators; and all others generally interested in the field.

Is This Conference Tax Deductible?

Income tax deductions for expenses of education, including travel, meals, lodging, and registration fees, undertaken to maintain and improve professional skills are allowed under Treas. Reg. 1.162.5 and Coughlin v. Commissioner, 203 F 2nd 307, and subject to the tax reform act of 1986.

What’s the Format?

Conference Attire

The conference attire will be business casual.

You will have time to ask questions after the individual presentations or panel discussions. There will be social events and other opportunities to meet speakers, SLA Board members, and other registrants, as well as to learn about the Sports Lawyers Association.

Supporting Materials

This year conference handouts will be distributed to attendees on CD prior to the conference. There will not be a book of handouts on-site, or printed handouts on-site.

What About Substitutions or Cancellations?

On-site CLE Questions

Substitutions may be made at any time. Written cancellations must be received by April 26; 75% of the registration fee will be refunded or the paid fee can be applied to the 2013 Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. All registration fees must be paid before the meeting. On-site registrants are expected to pay all fees on-site; SLA will not invoice.

A representative from Tulane Law School will be present to answer specific CLE questions.

Things To Do In San Diego

For attraction and event information, visit the San Diego Convention and Visitor’s Bureau at www.sandiego.org/nav/Visitors.

What If I’m Only Attending the NFL Certified Contract Advisor Session?

Registration for the SLA Annual Conference covers all educational sessions, as well as the NFL Certified Contract Advisor Session. There is no separate, single fee for this specific session. Questions regarding your individual NFLPA requirements should be directed to the NFLPA office in Washington, DC.

SLA 38th Annual Conference | May 10–12, 2012 | Hilton Bayfront, San Diego, CA


Hotel Information

Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Rising 30-stories above San Diego Bay, the Hilton San Diego Bayfront is a spirited blend of San Diego’s coastal influences, style, innovation, and of course the city’s unmistakable vibe. The hotel was opened in December of 2008. Highlights of the Hilton Bayfront include: • San Diego’s first and only saltwater hotel pool, located directly alongside San Diego Bay • A 4.3-acre park and waterfront promenade with a lush variety of trees and plants • An incredible collection of San Diego inspired local artwork throughout the hotel and grounds • Spa Aquazul and fitness center, a therapeutic ocean oasis offering an elaborate range of relaxation and renewal • Direct access to biking, walking, rollerblading, and boating along the San Diego Embarcadero and on San Diego Bay The hotel is located at One Park Boulevard and the hotel website is www.bit.ly/SLA_HiltonSD. The special room rate for SLA attendees is $230 per night single or double room, plus applicable taxes. Reservations can be made online by following the link on the SLA website at www.sportslaw.org or call 800.445.8667 and identify yourself as attending the Sports Lawyers Association Conference. The hotel reservation cut-off is April 17, 2012. After that date, reservations will be accepted on a space and rate availability basis only.


SLA 38th Annual Conference | May 10–12, 2012 | Hilton Bayfront, San Diego, CA

Tentative Agenda

Thursday, May 10
9:00am–6:15pm RegistRation 12:15pm–12:25pm SLA AnnuAL MeMberShip Meeting Anthony J. Agnone; Eastern Athletic & Media Services, Sparks, MD; SLA President 12:25pm–12:30pm Opening reMArkS And preSiding fOr SeSSiOnS Robert A. Hacker, Vice President Business and Legal Affairs, FOX Sports, Los Angeles, CA, 2012 Annual Conference Chair 12:30pm–2:00pm An Overview Of recent LegAL deveLOpMentS in SpOrtS Gabe Feldman, Associate Professor of Law, Tulane Law School; Director of Tulane Sports Law Program; Associate Provost for NCAA Compliance, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 2:00pm–3:15pm cOLLege cOnferenceS And their Own netwOrkS: wiLL cOLLege SpOrtS be chAnged fOrever? Moderator Stephanie J. Vardavas, Portland, OR Panelists Karen Brodkin, Executive Vice President, FOX Cable Networks, LLC, Los Angeles, CA Woodie Dixon, General Counsel and Vice President of Business Affairs, Pac-12 Conference, Walnut Creek, CA Kevin Sweeney, Shareholder, Polsinelli Shughart, Kansas City, MO 3:15pm–3:30pm BReak sponsoRed By sheppaRd mullin 3:30pm–4:45pm cOunSeLing YOur cLient in A criSiS SituAtiOn Moderator Craig E. Fenech, Law Offices of Craig E. Fenech, Rancho Sante Fe, CA Panelists Brian P Burke, General Manager, Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto, Ontario, Canada . Gregg E. Clifton, Partner, Jackson Lewis LLP Phoenix, AZ , Derede McAlpin, Vice President, Levick Strategic Communications, LLC, Washington, DC 4:45pm–6:15pm tOwn hALL debAte cOLLective bArgAining: winnerS And LOSerS Moderator Wm. David Cornwell, Sr., DNK Cornwell, LLC, Atlanta, GA Panelists Stephen F. Ross, Professor, The Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law, University Park, PA Ron Klempner, Deputy General Counsel, NBPA, New York, NY 6:15pm–7:15pm opening Reception

Friday, May 11
7:30am–5:00pm RegistRation 7:30am–8:30am continental BReakfast all attendees continental BReakfast: SLA Orientation for First-Time Attendees and New Members 8:30am–10:30am ethicS fOr SpOrtS LAwYerS, the LAwYer’S diLeMMA: ethicS vS. reALitY Moderator Libba Galloway, Executive Director, Professional Association of Athlete Development Specialists, Ormond Beach, FL Panelists Tom DePaso, Associate General Counsel, NFLPA, Washington, DC Richard T. Karcher, Professor of Law and Director, Center for Law for Law and Sports, Florida Coastal School of Law, Jacksonville, FL Robert H. Lattinville, Partner, Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP St. Louis, MO , Christopher G. Lyons, Lyons & Lurvey, PA, Miami, FL Bob Wallace, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLC, St. Louis, MO 10:30am–10:45am BReak

SLA 38th Annual Conference | May 10–12, 2012 | Hilton Bayfront, San Diego, CA


Tentative Agenda

Friday, May 11 (continued)
10:45am–Noon titLe iX: 40 YeArS LAter Moderator Matthew J. Mitten, Professor of Law and Director, National Sports Law Institute and, LL.M. in Sports Law Program for Foreign Lawyers, Marquette University Law School, Milwaukee, WI Panelists Alison Rich, Athletics Consultant, JMI Sports LLC, Tallahassee, FL Ray Yasser, University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK 12:15pm–1:30pm SLA LuncheOn SLA 2012 phiLAnthrOpY initiAtive And SLA 2012 AwArd Of eXceLLence Presentation by SLA President Anthony J. Agnone Luncheon Address by: Dick Moss, Former General Counsel and a Co-founder of the MLBPA as a legitimate labor organization 1:45pm–3:45pm nfLpA certified cOntrAct AdviSOr SeSSiOn (only for NFLPA Certified Contract Advisors) Panelists Richard A. Berthelsen, General Counsel, NFLPA, Washington, DC Tom DePaso, Associate General Counsel, NFLPA, Washington, DC Athelia N. Doggette, Assistant Director of Salary Cap and Agent Administration, NFLPA, Washington, DC Mark Levin, Director of Salary Cap and Agent Administration, NFLPA, Washington, DC OR the OLYMpic gAMeS AS A ShOwcASe – AnticipAted iSSueS 1:45pm–2:45pm
The Olympic Games will be held this summer in London from July 27 to August 12. This panel of experienced practitioners will showcase the issues they expect to encounter, fromambush marketing, to sponsor activation, to restrictions on player gear and blogging, to social media, to ticket sales and resales restrictions, to access and use of the Court of Arbitration for Sport’s ad hoc Division. Each panelist will talk about how they look at these issues from their different perspectives.

Moderator Maidie E. Oliveau, Counsel, Arent Fox LLP Los Angeles, CA; Arbitrator, Court of Arbitration for Sport , Panelists Gary L. Johansen, Associate General Counsel, United States Olympic Committee, Colorado Springs, CO Sonja S. Keating, General Counsel and Senior Vice President, United States Equestrian Federation, Inc., Lexington, KY Christopher McCleary, Associate General Counsel, Global Brand and Client Management, Visa Inc., San Francisco, CA Leah B. Tuffanelli, Senior Advisor Business Affairs, MATCH Services AG, Novato, CA 2:45pm–3:45pm gAMbLing And cOrruptiOn in SpOrtS Moderator Ryan M. Rodenberg, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL Panelists Anthony N. Cabot, Partner, Lewis and Roca LLP Las Vegas, NV , Kevin Carpenter, Lawyer & Executive Contributor, LawinSport, London, England Jay Moyer, Special Counsel, National Football League, New York, NY Jay R. Rossello, Director of Legal Affairs / Assistant General Counsel, National Collegiate Athletic Association, Indianapolis, IN 3:45pm–4:00pm BReak sponsoRed By houlihan lokey 4:00pm–4:55pm Breakout SeSSion i Session A wOrkerS’ cOMp iSSueS unique tO prO AthLeteS Moderator Richard L. Wagenheim, Wagenheim, & Wagner, P Ft. Lauderdale, FL .A., Panelists Richard A. Berthelsen, General Counsel, NFLPA, Washington, DC Robert Buch, Seyfarth Shaw LLP Los Angeles, CA , Modesto “Doc” Diaz, Leviton, Diaz, & Ginocchio, Inc., Santa Ana, CA Daniel L. Nash, Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer, & Feld, Washington, DC


SLA 38th Annual Conference | May 10–12, 2012 | Hilton Bayfront, San Diego, CA

Tentative Agenda

Session b inSurAnce cOverAge fOr Live SpOrting eventS Co-moderators David S. Cohen, Director, Legal Affairs and Risk Management, Angels Baseball LP Anaheim, CA , Vered Yakovee, Lecturer in Law, Sports Law, and Faculty Advisor, Sports Law Society, USC Gould School of Law, Los Angeles, CA Session c teAching SpOrtS LAw Co-moderators Desiree Reed-Francois, Senior Associate Athletic Director, The University of Tennessee, Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, Knoxville, TN Barbara J. Osborne, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC Session d hOt tOpicS in ncAA LegAL iSSueS: AgentS And AMAteuriSM Moderator Robert H. Ruxin, President, Kazmaier Associates, Inc., Lexington, MA Panelists Darren A. Heitner, Founder/CEO, Dynasty, Hollywood, FL Donald M. Remy, General Counsel and Vice President of Legal Affairs, NCAA, Indianapolis, IN Warren K. Zola, Assistant Dean, Graduate Programs, Carroll School of Management, Boston College Law School, Chestnut Hill, MA The 4:00 p.m. session will focus on the NCAA reform agenda, covering topics such as (1) Values: student-athlete welfare, enforcement, rule book simplification, academic eligibility criteria; (2) Image: pay to play; (3) Social engineering: e.g. Native American issues; (4) Culture of compliance: athletic department, AD, coach power and role in comporting behavior to norms expected; (5) IP/Media regulation issues: e.g. impact on recruiting of new media and broadcasting high school sports on conference channels. The 5:00 p.m. session will focus on pre-professional student-athlete and agent issues. This will include athlete rights and processes for receiving best advice. E.g. National letter of intent; four year scholarship; transfer restraints; when to turn pro, contract negotiation help (baseball and hockey), agent selection, role of university advisory panels and consultants, changes in NCAA rules and enforcement tools. Session e prOfeSSiOnAL SpOrtS teAM generAL cOunSeL, LegAL updAte Co-moderators Richard Brand, Partner, Arent Fox LLP (outside counsel to numerous professional sports teams), Washington, DC Jeffrey B. Gewirtz,. Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, Barclays Center/NETS Basketball, Brooklyn, NY Nona M. Lee, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Arizona Diamondbacks, Phoenix, AZ Session f Adr iSSueS in the OLYMpicS And the MAjOr SpOrtS Co-moderators Jeffrey G. Benz, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, LawSports, Pacific Palisades, CA Roger Kaplan, Arbitrator, Alexandria, VA Session g LegAL iSSueS invOLving iMMigrAtiOn And SpOrtS Co-moderators Paul Pierre, Deputy Director, United States Immigration and Citizenship Services, San Diego, CA Jon T. Velie, Velie Law Firm PLLC, Norman, OK Session h iMpOrtAnt tAX cOnSiderAtiOnS in repreSenting SpOrtS figureS Moderator Ash Narayan, RGT Capital Management, Ltd., Irvine, CA Session i MOtOr SpOrtS 2012: current trendS And iSSueS Moderator Stokely G. Caldwell. Jr., Robinson Bradshaw and Hinson PA, Charlotte, NC Panelists Karen B. Leetzow, Deputy General Counsel, NASCAR, Inc., Daytona Beach, FL John M. Rogers, Counsel, Hunton & Williams LLP New York, NY ,

SLA 38th Annual Conference | May 10–12, 2012 | Hilton Bayfront, San Diego, CA


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Session j AthLeteS & phiLAnthrOpY; riSkS & rewArd Moderator Kenneth L. Shropshire, David W. Hauck Professor; Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, The Wharton School Faculty Director, Wharton Sports Business Initiative (WSBI); Special Counsel, Duane Morris, Philadelphia, PA Panelists Andrew D. Morton, Partner and Chair, Sports & Entertainment Law Group, Handler Thayer LLP Chicago, IL , Mori Taheripour, Wharton Sports Business Initiative, Philadelphia, PA Jeffrey L. White, Special Counsel, Covington & Burling LLP Washington, DC , Session k SpOrtS LAw AnALYticS Co-moderators Robert Forbes, Proskauer Rose LLP Los Angeles, CA , Pamela R. Lester, Lester Sports and Entertainment, Inc., Hopewell, NJ Brian Marler, Director, Houlihan Lokey, Los Angeles, CA Ryan M. Rodenberg, Assistant Professor, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL Session L teLeviSiOn, ip riSk MAnAgeMent, And LegAL perSpectiveS invOLved in eMerging SpOrtS , (rugbY, SnOwbOArding, etc.) Co-moderators Brian R. Socolow, Partner and Office Administrative Partner, Loeb & Loeb LLP New York, NY , Ryan S. Hilbert, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter, & Hampton LLP Palo Alto, CA , 5:00pm–5:55pm Breakout SeSSion ii (same topics and rooms as previous sessions) 6:00pm–7:00pm SLA preSident’S receptiOn Sponsored by Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Saturday, May 12
8:00am–3:00pm RegistRation 7:30am–9:00am Women in sla continental BReakfast SLA Woman Sports Lawyer Award: Madie E. Oliveau, Arent Fox LLP Los Angeles, CA , 8:00am–9:00am continental BReakfast all attendees 9:00am–10:45am eXecutive directOrS’ fOruM (invited SpeAkerS) Moderator Richard A. Berthelsen, General Counsel, NFLPA Panelists Donald M. Fehr, Executive Director, NHLPA William “Billy” Hunter, Executive Director, NBPA NFLPA Representative (to be determined) Michael Weiner, Executive Director and General Counsel, MLBPA 10:45am–11:00am BReak 11:00am–12:45pm generAL cOunSeLS’ fOruM (invited SpeAkerS) Moderator Dennis Curran, Senior Vice President / Labor Litigation and Policy, NFL Panelists Daniel S. Rube, Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, NBA William Daly, Deputy Commissioner, NHL Gary Gertzog, Senior Vice President-Business Affairs and General Counsel, NFL Thomas J. Ostertag, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, MLB 12:45pm–1:30pm lunch attendees on their own 1:30pm–3:00pm breAking intO the SpOrtS LAw induStrY Moderator Benjamin Starr, FOX Cable Networks, LLC, Los Angeles, CA Panelists Jason T. Cohen, Competition Counsel, NASCAR, Inc., Daytona Beach, FL Kari D. Cohen, Associate Counsel, NETS Basketball, Brooklyn, NY Ben Tario, Associate Director of Technology and Operations, Atlantic Coast Conference, Greensboro, NC The views expressed by speakers are not necessarily the views of the Sports Lawyers Association. Speakers, times, and topics are subject to change.


SLA 38th Annual Conference | May 10–12, 2012 | Hilton Bayfront, San Diego, CA

In Memoriam: Keven J. Davis

SLA Board Member Keven J. Davis passed away December 23, 2011, at the age of 54, after battling with a brain tumor. Keven’s friendship and professionalism will always be remembered, and missed, by his friends, colleagues and clients. The SLA wishes to recognize Keven in conjunction with this year’s SLA Annual Conference, including a reprint of the following article from the Seattle Times, written by Sonia Krishnan.

He was whip-smart—yet approachable. Mr. Davis could talk to the president of the university as easily as the custodian, she said. He also was driven to seek justice and fairness, which underscored his later work as a mentor for young artists, she said. The two fell in love and married in 1980. Mr. Davis received his law degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and became the father of two sons. The family moved to Seattle where Mr. Davis started practicing contract law for the firm Garvey, Schubert, Adams and Barer. In 1999, Mr. Davis received a scare. He had been diagnosed with a brain tumor and needed surgery. The tumor turned out to be benign, Childs-Davis said. The chances of it returning seemed slim to none, she said. After the operation, Mr. Davis seemed more determined than ever to take advantage of life. He established a sports and entertainment law practice in New York and, in 2001, moved his family to Manhattan. His career seemed on fire. Mr. Davis earned recognition in 2003 from Sports Illustrated as one of its 101 Most Influential Minorities in Sports. The magazine mentioned how, in 2000, he negotiated Venus Williams’ $40 million Reebok deal, “the biggest endorsement contract ever for a female athlete.” He also attended celebrity bashes,among those, P Diddy’s . star-studded “White Party” in the Hamptons, said his longtime friend, Paul Toliver, of Seattle. “It was part of his work. But we were all kind of envious of him,” Toliver said, laughing. Mr. Davis went to the hospital last year for more tests, which detected another tumor called glioblastoma multiforme. This time, the doctors said it was only a matter of time. Childs-Davis and their two sons cared for Mr. Davis as he grew weaker. He entered hospice last fall. “He felt like there was a lot of unfinished business he had to take care of,” she said. Just before Christmas, with his family around him, Mr. Davis died. Besides his former wife, sons, and brother, Mr. Davis is survived by his mother, Benedicta Davis, of Sacramento; siblings Kent Davis and Carol Davis, of Sacramento; son Noah Davis, of Los Angeles; and his grandson, Moses Davis, of Los Angeles. A memorial service was held in Sacramento on January 14th. The 2012 Sports Lawyers Association Philanthropic donation will be made to the Sports Bigs Program of the Big Brother Big Sister (BBBS) organization of San Diego County. The donation will be made in honor of Keven, who was a Big Brother in King’s County from 1993 to 1995, and will be used to benefit the youth of San Diego.

Lawyer Keven Davis Was a Mentor to Young Artists
Keven Davis made it look so easy. One moment, the prominent attorney would be in his Seattle office negotiating a multimillion-dollar contract for an athlete. The next, he’d be on the court coaching his son’s basketball team. In between, the former Mount Baker, Washington resident managed to serve on a slew of community boards and devote himself to shepherding talented young artists through the legal morass of the entertainment industry. But it was his job as a father that he took most seriously. “He could be in the biggest negotiation of his life, but he would always take our call,” said his son, Kahlil Davis, 30, of New York City. “He was never not there.” Mr. Davis, who represented clients from Sir Mix-A-Lot to Serena and Venus Williams, died December 23rd from brain cancer. He was 54. A lawyer to the bone, “he was meeting with clients, sending emails and trying to close a deal until he couldn’t anymore,” said Faith Childs-Davis, his former wife. Mr. Davis was born October 7, 1957, in Sacramento, California, the son of a Brazilian-born housekeeper and an AfricanAmerican military man. The Davises were one of the few black families in their neighborhood, said his older brother, Skip Davis. Mr. Davis was the second of five children and as a boy, he earned the nickname “Smiley.” During Little League games, “every time he came to bat, whether he struck out or not, he’d be smiling,” Skip Davis said. That charm did not go unnoticed by Childs-Davis, who met Mr. Davis in 1978 when she was a 19-year-old student at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Mr. Davis was 20. “He was the most popular guy on campus,” she said.

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May 16–18, 2013, Intercontinental Buckhead, Atlanta, GA

May 15–17, 2014, Fairmont, Chicago, IL

May 14–16, 2015, Marriott Waterfront, Baltimore, MD


SLA 38th Annual Conference | May 10–12, 2012 | Hilton Bayfront, San Diego, CA

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The registration fees, except the Spouse fee, include all panels and sessions, both receptions, the Friday luncheon, daily coffee breaks, and CLE credit, sponsored by the Tulane University Law School. NOTE: Attendees for the Friday afternoon NFLPA session are required by the NFLPA to register and pay for the FULL SLA meeting. ALL on-site registrants are required to make payment at the time of registration. SLA does not invoice.

Registration fees for the full conference are as follows:
MEMBER CATEGORY Regular/Associate Law Educator Law Student Non-member* BEFORE APRIL 16 $625 $525 $175 $870 AFTER APRIL 16 $675 $575 $200 $920
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SLA 38th Annual Conference | May 10–12, 2012 | Hilton Bayfront, San Diego, CA


This is the meeting of influential sports lawyers and agents that you should attend in 2012. There are a limited number of sponsorship opportunities and exhibits available at the event. For more information, contact Executive Director, Rick Guggolz at rguggolz@drohanmgmt.com.

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12100 Sunset Hills Rd., Suite 130, Reston VA 20190 phone: 703.437.4377 x 4085, 4071, or 4070 fax: 703.435.4390 email: sla@sportslaw.org www.sportslaw.org