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What Is Sports Law and Who Is a Sports Lawyer? By Matthew J. Mitten

March 18, 2015

When you think of a “sports lawyer,” do you envision a lawyer who represents only a narrow pool of high-profile clients, such as professional athletes, sports leagues, or sports clubs? To the contrary, “sports lawyers” represent a wide variety of clients who need legal advice and representation that usually requires knowledge of several areas of law.

In my career as a sports lawyer (and now a sports law professor), I provided legal advice in a major league baseball player’s medical malpractice suit against his former team. I represented Harris County, Texas, in litigation concerning the Houston Oilers NFL club’s relocation to Nashville. But I also have been involved in a wider array of sport-related matters, especially in the area of intellectual property law.

I registered trademarks and copyrights on behalf of sports industry clients; provided advice regarding a trademark licensor’s potential legal liability for defective playing equipment manufactured by its licensee; defended a restaurant in a copyright infringement suit for showing a “blacked out” game to its patrons; filed an amicus brief on behalf of two sports medicine physician organizations in an Americans with Disabilities Act suit filed by a college basketball player against Northwestern University; and served as an expert witness in Title IX gender equity litigation.

As a sports lawyer, you might find yourself representing clients such as amateur and professional players; coaches, referees and officials; leagues; governing bodies of the sports industry; athletics administrators; educational institutions; and sports facility owners and operators. Even more broadly, your representation might extend to sports broadcasters; sports equipment manufacturers; sports medicine care providers; businesses that sponsor athletic events or athletes; and concessionaires who serve food and drink to fans at games.

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Padres Speakers Series: Josh Stein, Assistant General Manager, Baseball Operations at San Diego Padres

April 10, 2015 @ 11:30am

What: Josh Stein, Assistant General Manager, Baseball Operations at San Diego Padres. Mr. Stein will be discussing, among other things: his background and experience, what he currently oversees and what that means to the organization, staffing levels/structure, goals, and metrics, etc., with general Q&A to follow. This is the fourth and final installment of the Series for 2014-2015.

When: Friday, April 10, 2015, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

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