Board of Advisors
Mr. Banner was recently named CEO of the Cleveland Browns. Previously, Mr. Banner served as President and Advisor to the Owner of the Philadelphia Eagles from 2001 through 2012. He has long been recognized as one of the NFL’s top executives. In addition, he is a trustee of City Year, Inc. Mr. Banner is a graduate of Denison University.
Mr. Berthelsen served as General Counsel of the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA). He has been with the NFLPA since 1972. During his time with the NFLPA he also served as Interim Executive Director. He received a B.S. and J.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Mr. Blitzer is Co-Managing Owner of the Philadelphia 76ers. In addition, Mr. Blitzer is Senior Managing Director and Head of Tactical Opportunities for the Blackstone Group, a global investment and advisory firm. Mr. Blitzer is a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Condon is an agent and head of the Football Division of Creative Artists Agency. Sporting News has recognized Mr. Condon as the most powerful agent in football. He represents over seventy-five current NFL players. His clients have included Peyton and Eli Manning, Marvin Harrison, Adrian Peterson, Matthew Stafford, and Drew Brees to name a few. He was president of the National Football League Players Association from 1984-1986. Mr. Condon did his undergraduate studies at Boston College, and he received a J.D. from the University of Baltimore.
Mr. Cornwell is currently partner in the Sports, Media, and Entertainment practice of Gordon & Rees, LLP. Additionally, he was recently appointed as Executive Director of the National Football League Coaches Association. Moreover, he has served as a Legal Analyst for ESPN. Past clients include Howie Long, Steve Young, Troy Aikman, and John Starks to name a few. Mr. Cornwell is a graduate of Tufts University and Georgetown University Law.
Mr. Cossack is a Legal Analyst for ESPN. Mr. Cossack previously worked as an on-air legal commentator for CNN. While at CNN he was co-host of the award-wining Burden of Proof. He has covered court appearances by O.J. Simpson, Michael Vick, and Kobe Bryant. Mr. Cossack is a graduate of UCLA and UCLA School of Law.
Ms. Daly is General Counsel for the Philadelphia Eagles. She joined the Philadelphia Eagles in 2007 as Director of Legal Affairs before being promoted to General Counsel in 2010. Prior to joining the Eagles, Ms. Daly worked at Proskauer Rose LLP as a corporate associate. Her clients included the New York Jets, National Basketball Association, New Jersey Devils, Orlando Magic, and Philadelphia Eagles to name a few. Ms. Daly received a B.A. from Yale University and her J.D. from Tulane Law School.
Mr. Dunn is a former NFL running back. He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first round of the 1997 draft. He played for the Atlanta Falcons from 2002-2007 before returning to the Buccaneers in 2008. He played collegiately for Florida State University where won a National Championship in 1993. Today, Mr. Dunn is now a part owner of the Atlanta Falcons. He is also the founder of Warrick Dunn Charities, an organization that provides support to single parents.
Mr. DuPuy has been involved with Major League Baseball (MLB) since 1989 as outside legal counsel. He most recently served as President and Chief Operating Officer of the MLB from 2002 through 2010. Mr. DuPuy is also partner at Foley & Lardner, LLP. Mr. DuPuy has been bestowed with the rating of AV Preeminent, the highest performance rating in Martindale-Hubbell’s peer review rating system, in recognition of his superior professional ethics. Mr. DuPuy received an A.B. from Dartmouth College and a J.D. from Cornell Law School.
Ms. Fox is an NFL columnist for ESPN. Prior to joining ESPN, Ms. Fox was a writer and columnist at the Philadelphia Inquirer covering the NFL, the Philadelphia Eagles, and the Philadelphia 76ers.
Mr. Gertzog is the Senior Vice President of Business Affairs and General Counsel of the National Football League (NFL). Mr. Gertzog joined the NFL in 1994 and since then his responsibilities have expanded to include all facets of commercial operations. Prior to working for the NFL, Mr. Gertzog was partner at Townley & Updike specializing in intellectual property. Mr. Gertzog received a B.S. from Cornell University and a J.D. from George Washington University Law School.
Mr. Hanrahan currently serves as Assistant General Manager of the Philadelphia Flyers. He joined the Flyers in 1997 serving as Director of Team Services and Assistant Director to the General Manager. Prior to joining the Flyers, Mr. Hanrahan spent six years with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Hanrahan is a graduate of Florida Southern College and Widener University School of Law.
Ms. Jenkins is a sports columnist for The Washington Post. Ms. Jenkins previously served as Senior Writer for Sports Illustrated. In addition, Ms. Jenkins has authored nine books. Three books, including It’s Not about the Bike: My Journey Back to Life on Lance Armstrong, were New York Times Best Sellers. In 1986 Ms. Jenkins was nominated for a Pulitzer Price for her stories on the death of college All-American, Len Bias. Ms. Jenkins is a graduate of Standard University.
Mr. King is the General Manager of the Brooklyn Nets. Prior to joining the Nets, Mr. King spent ten years with the Philadelphia 76ers. He served as Vice President of Basketball Administration before being promoted to General Manager and President of the 76ers. Before working for the 76ers, Mr. King was an assistant coach for the Indiana Pacers. In the past he has covered the Ohio Valley Conference for ESPN. He is a graduate of Duke University where he helped the Blue Devils reach the Final Four twice.
Mr. Nicastro is the Director of Athletics for Villanova University. He formerly served as Chair of the Big East Conference Athletic Directors Executive Committee. Mr. Nicastro received a B.S. from Bloomsburg University and earned his MBA from St. Joseph’s University.
Mr. Rendell is Special Counsel at Ballard Spahr, LLP. Mr. Rendell was partner at Ballard Spahr LLP prior to serving as Governor of Pennsylvania from 2003-2011. During this time he was Chair of the National Governor Association from 2008-2009. He also served two terms as Mayor of Philadelphia from 1992-2000. Mr. Rendell began his career working for the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office where he worked his way to Chief of Homicide in 1972 and was elected District Attorney in 1977 and 1981. Mr. Rendell received a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from the Villanova University School of Law.
Mr. Schiller is currently CEO and Chairman of the Board at GlobalOptions Group, Inc, an international risk management and business solutions company. Mr. Schiller was previously Chairman and CEO of YankeeNets, a sports-based media company. In addition, he was Vice President of sports programming for Turner Broadcasting System. He was also President of the Atlanta Thrashers of the NHL. Mr. Schiller did his undergraduate studies at The Citadel Military College of South Carolina. He received his master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Michigan.
Mr. Shropshire is Special Counsel at Duane Morris LLP and Professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a consultant for the NFL. He also serves as an arbitrator for the NFLPA and USA Track and Field. He has written several books on sports law including, Agents of Opportunity: Sports Agents and Corruption in Collegiate Sports and The Business of Sports Agents. Mr. Shropshire did his undergraduate studies at Stanford University and received a J.D. from Columbia University.
Mr. Stiles is the Senior Vice President of Administration and Operations for the Philadelphia Phillies. He oversees operations of Citizens Bank Park and personnel policies for the entire organization. Before joining the Phillies, Mr. Stiles was U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and Common Pleas Court Judge. Mr. Stiles received his J.D. from Villanova University School of Law.
A Villanova University graduate, Mr. Westbrook was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2002. During his eight years with the team, he was selected for the Pro Bowl in 2004 and 2007. Mr. Westbrook then spent one year with the San Francisco 49ers. A standout while a member of Villanova’s football team, he is one of the most decorated players in the NCAA Division I-AA history. Mr. Westbrook was honored with the Walter Payton Award in 2001. Currently, he is a member of CBS’s Fantasy Football Today team and is involved with Brian’s Blessings, an organization established to help local less fortunate children.
Mr. Katz is a second-year student at Villanova University School of Law. He is currently a staff writer for the Villanova Environmental Law Journal. In addition, he is a regular contributor to the Moorad Center Sports Law Blog and a member of the Sports and Entertainment Law Society. Mr. Katz is a graduate of Elizabethtown College where he received a B.S. in Business Administration with a minor in Economics. Mr. Katz was a four-year varsity pitcher for Elizabethtown.
Ms. Kranich is currently the starting goalkeeper for Villanova’s women’s soccer team. She joined the team in 2010 and has since been the team’s starting goalkeeper. Ms. Kranich became Villanova’s first soccer player to participate in a World Cup as an undergraduate when she played for the U-20 U.S. Women’s National Team in Japan this past August. Ms. Kranich is a junior at Villanova University majoring in sociology.
Mr. Moorad is currently a student at The Bishop’s School. He in an honors student and a member of the school’s water polo team. In addition, he is active in several community service projects in the San Diego area.