Celebrating With @WISEBOS

Women in Sports and Events (WISE) Boston is celebrating their 3rd anniversary at the Budweiser Legends Club at the TD Garden. Featured speakers are Amy Latimer and Jessica Gelman, moderated by Kelly Malone.

WISE Boston will also be holding a raffle to raise money for The One Fund to support victims of the Marathon attack.

Items being raffled include:
A Boston Bruins puck autographed by Patrice Bergeron
An autographed photo of Patrice Bergeron
An autographed photo of BU & Olympic hockey great Mike Eruzione
An autographed photo of Olympic skater Michelle Kwan

Again, all money raised from the raffle will go to The One Fund! Please donate to The One Fund to support victims of the Boston Marathon!

For those not in the Boston area, follow the conversation on Twitter using #WISEBosChat and watch via Livestream at new.livestream.com/sben/wisebosanniversary

Amy Latimer
President, TD Garden

Amy Latimer TD Garden

In September 2012, Amy Latimer was promoted to President of the TD Garden. As President, Latimer is responsible for all day-to-day operating functions of the arena, one of the most active, highly regarded and successful sports and entertainment venues in North America. For six seasons as Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Latimer was responsible for developing and leading all sales and marketing strategies for the Boston Bruins and TD Garden. Latimer was part of the inaugural executive team at the TD Garden and started as the Director of Marketing in 1995. A recognized leader in the sports & Arena industry, she was named one of Sports Business Journal’s ‘Game Changers’ in 2011.

Jessica Gelman
Vice President of Customer Marketing & Strategy, Kraft Sports Group

Jess Gelman Head ShotJessica Gelman is The Kraft Sports Group’s Vice President of Customer Marketing & Strategy. In this capacity she serves as a key strategic and operational advisor to the Executive Management Team of the New England Patriots, New England Revolution, Gillette Stadium, and Patriot Place. Gelman is also the co-founder and co-chair the MIT Analytical Sports Business Conference. As the first analytics sports conference, it has become a preeminent “must-attend” event featuring many prominent speakers across all facets of sports, including senior executives from media outlets, Fortune 100 companies and teams/league offices. She was named one of Sports Business Journal’s “Game Changers” for 2012.

Kelly Malone
Public Address Announcer, Boston Bruins

Kelly M Head ShotA life long hockey fan, Kelly Malone is currently in her eighth season as Public Address Announcer with the Boston Bruins.  She graduated from the University of New Hampshire and began working in radio full-time as the side-kick to “Lander in the Morning” on MIX 98-5 in the Summer of 2001.  She lends her voice to all Subaru of New England radio and TV ads as their spokesperson. She is the host of “What’s in Store” on WBZ-TV and myTV/38 and can be heard from time-to-time filling-in on MIX 104.1 with Gregg Daniels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Panel Line Up for @SportsLawForum

The 17th Annual Fordham Sports Law Symposium is happening NOW! Tune in LIVE: new.livestream.com/SBEN/SportsLawForum

9:30 – 11:10AM ET
IP Face Off:  Athletes, Sponsors, and the Right of Publicity

As a result of increased exposure on television and the Internet, athletes have become some of the most marketable people in the world.  Unfortunately, the marriage of athletics and marketing has not been without incident.  Before the start of the 2012 London Olympics, there was a public outcry regarding IOC Rule 40, which prevents athletes from appearing in advertisements for, or even mentioning, non-Olympic sponsors during the Games.  Professional athletes have repeatedly challenged the licensing of their names and likeness by their leagues, while others have called for a narrower merchandising right for athletes to protect fans’ interests.  The purchase of media rights by sports marketing agencies has become controversial, as UEFA drew criticism this year for selling its multimedia, sponsorship, and licensing rights to CAA. The practice of ambush marketing has also raised concerns, as companies use popular sporting events to advertise their products without being official sponsors.  This panel will discuss publicity rights, branding, marketing and advertising, and other intellectual property issues involved in the business of sports.

Moderator

Anthony Dreyer, Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meeagher & Flom LLP & Affliliates

Panelists

Jared Bartie, Counsel, Arent Fox

Mark Conrad, Director of the Sports Business Specialization, Associate Professor, Fordham University Gabelli School of Business

Jennifer Keene, Senior Director of Personality & Property Marketing, Octagon

Arther McAfee, III, Staff Counsel, NFL Players Association

11:20 – 12:15PM ET
Keynote Speaker
Ken Hershman, President, HBO Sports

1:15 – 2:55PM ET
House Rules: Congressional Regulation in the World of Sports

Congress has addressed a number of issues in sports, including performance enhancing drug use, the BCS vs. Playoff debate in college football, Major League Baseball’s antitrust exemption, and the relationships between agents and college athletes.  However, there are no established criteria for how and to what capacity Congress should intervene in amateur and professional athletics.   While leagues engage in limited internal governance, the shortcomings of that regulation have become evident through issues like the New Orleans Saints bounty controversy.  Is congressional regulation necessary for efficient governance in sport, or is it only the result of deficient internal governance by professional and amateur sports organizations?   Who should have the final say when referees are caught fixing games, or coaches are caught spying on opponents?  This panel will discuss Congress’s role in sports and the tension that exists between external regulation and internal governance, and will explore the risks and benefits of an increasingly regulated athletic marketplace.

Moderator

Marc Edelman, Associate Professor of Law, Barry University – Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law

Panelists

Chris Deubert, Associate, Peter R. Ginsberg, Law, LLC

Raphael Prober, Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

John VukeljPartner, DLA Piper

3:05 – 4:45PM ET
Rules Beyond the Game: Morality Clauses and Ethical Issues in Sports Contracting

When athletes enter into contracts with teams and sponsors, the primary concerns are performance and monetary compensation.  Within the four corners of a sports contract, however, ethical issues abound, and have a substantial legal impact.  Questions of ethics arise when players like Brett Favre and Brandon Roy retire while under contract with one team, only to return and sign a contract with another.  Morality clauses have also become controversial: when sponsors sign athletes to endorsement deals, what conduct can they proscribe?  Few would protest sponsors like Nike and Trek dropping Lance Armstrong when he ceased contesting the doping allegations against him, but could a sponsor terminate an athlete’s contract for criticizing the company?  For being accused of a crime, even if the charges are dropped?  For public scandal relating to marital infidelity, as was the case with Tiger Woods?  In college athletics, similar concerns are at play despite the lack of actual contracts: is it just for a university to kick an athlete off of a team for a non-criminal violation of an honor code rule, like a prohibition on caffeine?  The scope and power of morality clauses has yet to be clearly determined, and millions of dollars hang in the balance.  This panel will discuss morality clauses and additional issues involved in the interaction of ethics and law in the realm of sports.

Moderator
Joseph Gordon Hylton, Professor of Law, Marquette University School of Law

Panelists
Christopher R. Chase, Counsel, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC

Christopher Conniff, Partner, Ropes & Gray LLP

Cari Stern, Associate, Cahpman and Cutler LLP

Scott Rosner, Practice Assistant Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, Wharton University of Pennsylvania

.@CSRIConference Begins Today!

From the 2013 CSRI Conference Program:

“In the fall of 2007, the College Sport Research Institute (CSRI) was formed – the result of scholars dedicated to exploring and critically analyzing college sport issues. In the spring of 2008 faculty and students from across the United States convened at the University of Memphis for the inaugural CSRI Conference on College Sport. Five year’s later we want to welcome you to the 6th Annual CSRI Conference on College Sport. As they have for the past five years, first-year graduate Sport Administration students at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as CSRI staff and interns have once again planned an outstanding conference, maintaining the same high standards conference attendees have come to expect. The quality of the program is a direct reflection of their hard work. In addition, the UNC Sport Administration, and Department of Exercise and Sport Science faculty and staff has been incredibly supportive of this year’s conference.”

Richard M. Southall
Director, College Sport Research Institute

Mark S. Nagel
Associate Director, College Sport Research Institute 

We will be streaming the two Keynote Addresses given by Bill Curry (@CoachBillCurry) and Paul Finebaum (@Finebaum) and three panels.

Panel #1

USE Your Head: A Critical Analysis of Head Trauma in College Athletics – #USEYOURHEAD

  • Mr. Ramogi Huma – President, National Collegiate Players Association (NCPA)
  • Mr. Mark Kelso – Former NFL Player; Current High School Administrator
  • Dr. Jason Mihalik – Assistant Professor of Exercise and Sports Science, UNC-CH
  • Ms. Zoya Johnson – Former Gymnast, Current Student Assistant Coach, UNC-CH
  • Moderator: Mr. Dwayne Ballen
Panel #2
Game Over? O’Bannon V. NCAA and the Future of College Athletics – #GAMEOVER

  • Mr. Bobby Frasor – Former UNC-CH Men’s Basketball player; Director of Basketball Operations, University of Alabama–Birmingham
  • Dr. Emmett Gill – Assistant Professor Department of Social Work, North Carolina Central University; Director, Student-Athlete Human Rights Project
  • Prof. Michael McCann – Professor of Law and Director of Sports and Entertainment Law Institute at University of New Hampshire School of Law; Legal Analyst & Writer, Sports Illustrated/SI.com
  • Mr. Harvey Perlman – Chancellor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln: Chair, BCS Presidential Oversight Committee
  • Moderator: Mr. Dwayne Ballen

Panel #3

The “Grand Experiment” Revisited: Balancing Academics and Athletic – #GRANDEXPERIMENT
  • Mr. Rashad Baker – Former NFL player; current UNC-CH undergraduate student
  • Mr. Bart Byrd – Associate Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Services, Baylor University; President, National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics (N4A)
  • Dr. Gerald Gurney – Assistant Professor of Adult and Higher Education, University of Oklahoma
  • Ms. Amy Perko – Executive Director, Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Mr. Nick Sproull – Assistant Director of High School Review, NCAA Eligibility Center
  • Moderator: Mr. Dwayne Ballen

Follow along on Twitter with @CSRIConference & #CSRI

For all conference information, panelist Twitter handles, and time slots please check the Conference Program.

Big Day Today! @WISE_SU @McCormackUMass

Today is a big day for SBEN! At 2PM ET Women in Sports and Events (WISE) Syracuse University has their annual symposium, A Word to the Wise: Testing the Limits. At 6pm ET the Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is featuring Brian Burke, this year’s Executive-in-Residence program guest.

About A Word to the WISE: Testing the Limits

Eight of the sport event industry’s leading executives and visionaries will offer valuable first-hand perspectives during the Syracuse University chapter of Women in Sports and Events’ (WISE) second annual symposium. The symposium will be of interest to those considering a career within the sport industry, with a particular focus that will inform students about how to prepare for the changing landscape of the sport event industry.

While interest in traditional sport events continues to grow, there has been a new wave of these events that has taken the sport industry into a new sector. This changing landscape has raised significant questions as to how it will impact the future of sport events. Included in this discussion will be topics such as digital marketing, global growth, event venue operations, risk management, social media, and the crossover of traditional entertainment with the new wave of sport events. SU alumnus Dennis Deninger, professor of practice in the Falk College’s Department of Sport Management and director of the Newhouse Sports Communications graduate program, will moderate the panel discussion that will include :

  • Joe De Sena, chief executive officer, Spartan Race
  • Patti Kleinman-Fallick, SU alumna, director of broadcast operations, MLB Network
  • Shana Gritsavage, director of global events, Under Armour
  • Amy Hobbs, SU alumna, development director, National Wheelchair Basketball Assoc.
  • Laurie Orlando, SU alumna, senior vice president, talent development & planning, ESPN
  • Deane Swanson, director of content, ESPN Global X Games;
  • Circe Wallace, senior vice president, Wasserman Media Group
  • Mary Wittenberg, chief executive officer, New York Road Runners

Information can also be found via Twitter, @WISE_SU, and Facebook. The official hashtag for the event is #WISESU. Make sure to tune in: new.livestream.com/sben/wisesu

About the Sport Innovator’s Lecture Given by Brian Burke

The Mark H. McCormack Executive-in-Residence program moves beyond the traditional design of an academic speaker series as high-profile sports industry innovators are immersed in campus life at UMass Amherst for several days, sharing their extensive industry knowledge and building lasting relationships with students and faculty. As one of the highlights of the program, Burke will deliver the Sport Innovators Keynote Address “The Current Landscape of Labor Relations in Professional Sports.” The lecture is open to all members of the Five College Community and will take place at Mahar Auditorium on the UMass Amherst campus on Tuesday, April 9th at 6 p.m.

“We are thrilled to have Brian Burke as our Executive-in-Residence,” said Lisa Masteralexis, sport management department head. “Brian boasts comprehensive experience throughout professional and international hockey having served as a GM of four NHL organizations, the GM of 2010 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team, an executive in the NHL league office, and working as a player agent. Brian is also a champion of equality and a strong voice against homophobia in sports. We are looking forward to having Brian share his wisdom, advice and career experiences at the pinnacle of hockey with our students, faculty and University community.”

“I am honored to be named the McCormack Executive-in-Residence,” said Burke. “Mark McCormack was an industry pioneer and an innovator in our business. I look forward to my campus visit and having the opportunity to interact with the faculty and students at the McCormack Department at Isenberg and share my industry experiences, knowledge and perspective.”

The official event hashtag is #BurkeEIRUMass. Make sure to follow @McCormackUMass on Twitter for updates!

@ADS_UMass Presents: Athletes or Role Models: Where Do They Stand?

Athletes or Role Models FlyerTonight at 6pm ET, the Association of Diversity in Sport (ADS, @ADS_UMass) at UMass Amherst will be hosting a panelist event entitled ‘Athletes or Role Models: Where Do They Stand?‘ This will be the third edition of our Sports Talk Series, examining the role of athletes in today’s society and the effects that it has on fans of all ages. Through engaging debate and discourse, we hope to touch on many polarizing topics concerning how athletes of all levels can make an impact on those who follow them.

The common perception of athletes being held to standards as role models is at an all-time high. Through this event, we are hoping offer different views on the role of athletes in today’s society and the effects that their actions may have. Due to the steady rise of social media, the question of athletic role models is one that needs addressing.

Panel Breakdown:

  • Kevin Blackistone- National Sports Columnist/Panelist on ESPN’s Around the Horn/Professor of Sports Journalism at the University of Maryland-College Park
  • Ricky Williams- Former Heisman Trophy Winner/Former NFL Running Back/Star of ESPN’s 30-for-30 ‘Run Ricky Run’/Teacher of “Access Consciousness”
  • Tracy Schoenadel- Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management Professor/Instructor for Sport Strategic Communication-Graduate Level Class
  • Todd Crossett – Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management Professor/Specializes in Sociology of Sport/Helped establish the Key Players Club in Collaboration with the Boston Celtics in 2001

You can join in on the conversation through the Livestream interactive chat on the SBEN network, or tweet at @ADS_UMass and use hashtag #RoleModelTalk

Here’s to April! Upcoming Events

Happy April, Spring & Opening Day to All!

This month we currently have 8 events on the SBEN schedule!

4/3 6pm ET Association of Diversity in Sport at UMass Amherst, @ADS_UMass, presents their annual Sports Talk Series, Athletes or Role Models: Where Do They Stand? Featuring ESPN’s frequent panelist Kevin Blackistone and former NFL player Ricky  Williams, this panel discussion will offer different views on the role of athletes in today’s society and the effects that their actions may have. https://new.livestream.com/SBEN/RoleModelTalk

4/9 2pm ET Women in Sports and Events (WISE) Syracuse, @WISE_SU, presents A Word to the Wise: Testing the Limits. Dennis Deninger, professor of practice in the Falk College’s Department of Sport Management and director of the Newhouse Sports Communications graduate program, will moderate the panel discussion that will include :

  • Joe De Sena, chief executive officer, Spartan Race
  • Patti Kleinman-Fallick, SU alumna, director of broadcast operations, MLB Network
  • Shana Gritsavage, director of global events, Under Armour
  • Amy Hobbs, SU alumna, development director, National Wheelchair Basketball Assoc.
  • Laurie Orlando, SU alumna, senior vice president, talent development & planning, ESPN
  • Deane Swanson, director of content, ESPN Global X Games;
  • Circe Wallace, senior vice president, Wasserman Media Group
  • Mary Wittenberg, chief executive officer, New York Road Runners

Included in this discussion will be topics such as digital marketing, global growth, event venue operations, risk management, social media, and the crossover of traditional entertainment with the new wave of sport events.  https://new.livestream.com/SBEN/WISESU

4/9 6pm ET The Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management, @McCormackUMass, presents their Spring 2013 Executive-in-Residence program guest Brian Burke. As one of the highlights of the program, Burke will deliver the Sport Innovators Keynote Address The Current Landscape of Labor Relations in Professional Sports. http://new.livestream.com/SBEN/EIRBrianBurke

4/10 5pm ET Southern New Hampshire University, @SNHUSM, will feature their final guest speaker for the 2012-2013 school year. Art Solomon, President & CEO DSF Sports Owner, New Hampshire Fisher Cats and Owner, Bowling Green Hot Rods, will discuss minor league baseball, how to break into the sports industry, and how he got his start! https://new.livestream.com/SBEN/SNHUSM

4/12 9am ET University of Kentucky is hosting its annual Sports Business Symposium. This year will feature six guest speakers, 3 Key Note speakers and a panel of 3 speakers. Channel information coming soon!

4/17-19 The College Sport Research Institute, @CSRIConference, will be hosting its 6th Annual Conference on College Sport. The Conference will include Keynote Addresses from Bill Curry, and Paul Finebaum with three panels: College Athlete Safety Panel, O’Bannon Panel, and AA Panel. Channel information coming soon!

4/19 9:15am ET The 17th Annual Fordham Sports Law Symposium, @SportsLawForum, will feature three panels: House Rules: Congressional Regulation in the World of Sports, Publicity Rights and Intellectual Property Issues in Sports, and Ethical Issues in Sports Contracting. Channel information coming soon!

4/22 6pm ET Women in Sports and Events (WISE) Boston, @WISEBOS,  is turning 3! This great organization will be celebrating it’s 3rd anniversary at the Budweiser Legends Club in TD Garden. Featured speakers are Amy Latimer, TD Garden President, Jessica Gelman, Kraft Sports Group’s Vice President of Customer Marketing & Strategy, and Kelly Malone Public Address Announcer, Boston Bruins. Early bird registration is available until April 8th! Register now to learn from these incredible women! https://new.livestream.com/SBEN/wisebos