37th Annual Sports Lawyers Association Conference in Washington DC

The Sports Lawyers Association will hold their 37th Annual Conference in Washington DC beginning this Thursday, May 19, 2011 through Saturday May 21, 2011. This annual event is the premier gathering of sports lawyers from around the country and this year’s conference once again brings some of the industry’s leading practitioners, academy scholars, and students together.

Scheduled topics for this conference include the following:

  •  The General Counsels’ Forum—including general counsels from all four major leagues
  •  The Executive Directors’ Forum—including the heads of each leagues players association.
  •  Media, Publicity, Fantasy Sports & Privacy Rights for Athletes
  •  Legal Impact of Agent Interference in Intercollegiate Athletics
  •  The Current State & Legality of the College BCS System
  •  Ethics for Sports Lawyers
  •  Latest Developments in Professional Sports Collective Bargaining
  •  Structuring & Negotiating Complex Transactions in Professional Sports
  •  Legal Ramifications of Head Trauma in Sports
  •  Romano On Sports – Sports Law Blog
  •  Arbitration & Mediation Update in Professional Sport

For more details on this tremendous event you can access the conference brochure here.

Romano On Radio: KCAA – California

Attorney Robert J. Romano will be a guest on KCAA 1050 AM – The Sports Parade with Fred Wallin Thursday evening, May 18, 2011 at 8:09 p.m. est to discuss the current status of the NFL/NFL PA’s Labor Dispute, the 8th Circuits Ruling on the NFL’s requests to extend the lockout, Major League Baseball’s takeover of the Los Angeles Dodgers and other current sports law related topics.

The station’s number is 1-888-909-1050.  Please feel free to call into the show.

KCAA Radio, 1050 AM, NBC News, Inland Empire, California
www.kcaaradio.com

Division I Women’s College Basketball Sets Attendance Record.

According to the NCAA,(and we all know that they have enough money to conduct such research) 8,127,779 people attended Division I Women’s College Basketball games last season, with the average attendance set at 1,642 per game.  This breaks the 2007-08 record by almost 40,000.

The Tennessee Lady Vols the country in home attendance with 12,599 per game, followed by Louisville with 10,859, and the Connecticut Huskies with 9,788.

Congratulations – but I am somewhat disappointed that Connecticut was third.

NFL/NFL Labor Dispute: Finally, Some Progress!

It is reported that after six session of court ordered mediation with Judge Boylan, progress has been made between the National Football League and the former NFL Players’ Association.

NFL’s Jeff Pash stated, “I’ve said it many times the only way we’re going to get this accomplished is face-to-face dialogue and really digging into the issues and I think we had a good step in that direction today. And I hope that we’ll continue, confident it’s going to continue and we’ll be back early next month to continue that process.”

“We had a good discussion today,” Pash said. “I’ve said it many times the only way we’re going to get this accomplished is face-to-face dialogue and really digging into the issues and I think we had a good step in that direction today. And I hope that we’ll continue, confident it’s going to continue and we’ll be back early next month to continue that process.”

However, linebacker, and criminal defendant, Mike Vrabel, present for the mediation, questioned the NFL’s commitment to agreeing to terms.

“I don’t know if there’s any sense of urgency on their part,” Vrabel said. “I certainly understand that the closer you get to training camp, and the dates as players we’re used to reporting for training camp and playing preseason games and playing regular-season games, this thing becomes a lot more real for everybody involved. The players aren’t out there doing the work they’d normally be doing. They’re doing it on their own and they’re taking a lot of risk. I think that people appreciate the fact that guys are still preparing for a season.”

Mediation will continue between the two sides on June 7, 2011, four days after the June 3, 2011 hearing before the 8th Circuit Court of Appeal regarding District Court Judge Susan Nelson’s ruling that temporarily lifted the lockout.