The Moorad Sports Law Center prepares students for legal careers in amateur and professional sports through rigorous academic study, innovative programs, internship opportunities, scholarship, and research. Specific sports law offerings at Villanova University School of Law include:
Introduction to the Field and Representation of the Professional Athlete explores key topics including the structure of professional sports leagues and players’ unions, and intellectual property law in the sports industry. Students delve deeper into the field examining topics such as player contracts, endorsement opportunities and agreements, salary caps, and ethical issues for the agent-attorney. Students prepare an agent-player agreement and an endorsement contract.
Introduction to the Business of Professional Sports examines the business aspects of professional league sports, including stadium acquisition, ownership of teams, drafting of players, trademark protection, salary issues, and relationships with fans. Student participate in a mock salary arbitration for the National Hockey League at the conclusion of this course.
Sports Law: Advanced Practices, Skills, and Documents tackles a variety of amateur topics — NCAA, student athlete eligibility, and Title IX compliance — as well as professional issues, including franchise acquisition, collective bargaining, immigration matters, player safety, grievance proceedings, drug testing programs, and agent compliance work.
Legal and Comparative Issues in Amateur Athletics allows students to develop a deeper understanding of the various legal, regulatory, compliance, and business issues facing amateur athletics, as well as propose well-articulated solutions and reforms to those problems, particularly in the current state of intercollegiate athletics in the United States.
Designed for personalization, the program allows students to focus their studies on an array of specialty areas. Students interested in the field are encouraged to pursue electives that intersect with Sports Law, including Antitrust Law, Business Associations, Constitutional Law II, Disability Law, Education Law, Federal Income Taxation of Individuals, Intellectual Property Law, and Labor Law.
The Moorad Center also offers hands-on opportunities through a new internship program. Utilizing our network of alumni and industry connections, Villanovans have the chance to experience sports law in the field. The NFL, NFLPA, Wasserman Media Group, the Philadelphia Eagles, and several sports representation agencies are among the high-profile organizations that have welcomed our students as interns.