Andrew Brandt, Director
Andrew Brandt is an accomplished sports executive now bringing his credibility, insight and perspective to the media and education.
Brandt is the NFL Business Analyst for ESPN, analyzing business, legal and policy sports issues on programs such as “Outside the Lines”, “SportsCenter” and “NFL Live” as well as multiple appearances on ESPN radio programs every week.
Brandt also is a featured columnist for ESPN.com, providing readers perspective and viewpoints from his unique vantage point as a former player agent and team executive.
Brandt is a also a full-time Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, teaching classes in Negotiations and Sports Law. His classes are among the most popular at Wharton, bringing his practical perspective from both the labor and management side of the sports business.
Brandt also contributes to the website he founded, The National Football Post, and is a regular columnist for the Huffington Post, Forbes, and the Sports Business Journal. Brandt’s columns have become a “must read” for sports industry executives and fans alike. Also, Brand is a sought-after speaker on business issues in sports, having lectured at several universities and corporate gatherings.
After attending Stanford University and Georgetown University Law School, Brandt worked for ProServ, Inc., representing top athletes such as Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing and Boomer Esiason.
Brandt then became General Manager of the Barcelona Dragons in the NFL’s World League, introducing American football to Spain. Following the suspension of the World League, Brandt returned to player representation for Woolf Associates, representing NFL players including Matt Hasselbeck, Adam Vinatieri and Ricky Williams.
Brandt joined the Green Bay Packers in 1999. As Vice President, Brandt negotiated all player contracts, managed the NFL Salary Cap and handled football operations. Brandt left the Packers in 2008 following their hosting of the NFC Championship Game.
In addition to Brandt’s several roles, he has consulted and negotiated contracts for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Brandt and his wife, Lisa, live outside of Philadelphia and have two sons. His interests also include competitive running and jazz piano.
Vince Nicastro, Associate Director
Vince Nicastro is the Associate Director of the Moorad Center, now lending his knowledge of athletics and experience at Villanova to the education and improvement of the Center,
As the Director of Athletics, Nicastro was responsible for leading a Villanova Athletics Department that is committed to excellence both in competition and in the classroom. In his 15 seasons at the helm, Nicastro oversaw significant success in the key areas of intercollegiate athletics. Villanova won 30 conference championships during his tenure, including 15 Big East titles alone in the 2013-14 and 2014-15 academic years. At the national level the Wildcats won national championships in women’s cross country (2009, 2010) and football (2009) while also crowning 10 individual national champions.
Achievement in the classroom also remained a priority under Nicastro’s leadership. During the 2014-15 academic year, Villanova student-athletes posted a 3.176 grade point average – making 24 consecutive semesters with a composite GPA above 3.0, while achieving exemplary graduation rates. During the 2013-14 academic year Jessica Wamala from women’s basketball became the third student-athlete in Villanova history to be named a Rhodes Scholar and Samuel Ellison from men’s track & field was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship.
On his path to the Director’s office, Nicastro served as the designated sport administrator for many of Villanova’s men’s and women’s varsity programs, working closely to plan and develop all aspects of their sport’s programs. Nicastro also coordinated Villanova’s summer camp programs and the department’s information technology issues.
Nicastro was also active both inside and outside the University, serving on many key committees. He was a member of the Villanova University President’s Cabinet and the University’s Administrative Budget Committee, which plays a key role in crafting the University’s operating budget and making recommendations for strategic investments. Nicastro was also a current member of the NCAA Division I Committee on Academic Performance. He has served as the chair of the Big East Conference Finance Committee, the Big East Conference Athletic Directors Executive Committee and the Big East Conference Championships and Competition Committee. Nicastro has been a member of the Colonial Athletic Association Football Conference Executive Committee and was on the Executive Committee of the Philadelphia Sports Congress.
A 1987 graduate of Bloomsburg University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration/Accounting, Nicastro earned his MBA from St. Joseph’s University in 1994. Nicastro and his wife Liz reside in Drexel Hill, Pa., with their 15-year old twin sons, Jake and Casey.
David Caudill (view publications)
David Caudill is the Academic Advisor for the Moorad Center, and his academic specialties include representation of professional athletes and the ethics of sports agents. Caudill has been a member of the Villanova Law faculty since 2005.
Professor Caudill earned his J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center, and was Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review, and Articles Editor of the Houston Journal of International Law. He earned his Ph.D. in philosophy from the Free University of Amsterdam, and his B.A. in philosophy from Michigan State University. More recently he has completed postdoctoral graduate work at the Science and Technology Studies Program at Virginia Tech, and at the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute. He received a SKAPP grant in 2007 to study local water pollution controversies, and he was the 2007/2008 Société de Chimie Industrielle (American Section) Fellow; he was in residence at the Chemical Heritage Foundation (Philadelphia) in the spring of 2008.
After graduating from the University of Houston Law Center, Professor Caudill clerked for the Honorable John Brown of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit before joining Gray, Cary, Ames & Frye in San Diego and then Graves, Dougherty, Hearon & Moody in Austin. While in Austin, he also taught as adjunct professor at the University of Texas. He joined the Washington and Lee faculty in 1989. He also has taught as visiting faculty at the University of Texas, Southern Illinois University, Cardozo School of Law and the University of Florida, and is currently a Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne Law Faculty.
Mitch Nathanson (view publications)
Professor Nathanson received his JD from the Georgetown University Law Center and his BA from Tulane University. His scholarship focuses primarily on the intersection of sports, law and society. He has written numerous articles examining the interplay between, most notably, baseball and American culture. His article, “The Irrelevance of Baseball’s Antitrust Exemption: A Historical Review,” won the 2006 McFarland-SABR Award which is presented in recognition of the best historical or biographical baseball articles of the year. His 2008 book, The Fall of the 1977 Phillies: How a Baseball Team’s Collapse Sank a City’s Spirit, is a social history of 20th century Philadelphia as told through the relationship between the city and its baseball teams – the Athletics and the Phillies.
In 2009 Nathanson was the co-producer and writer of “Base Ball: The Philadelphia Game,” a documentary “webisode” on the 19th century development of the game within the city that is part of a larger documentary project, “Philadelphia: The Great Experiment,” currently in production and to which he is a contributing scholar. In addition, he was a scholarly advisor to the 2011 HBO production, “The Curious Case of Curt Flood.” In the United States, he has lectured at, among other venues, the National Baseball Hall of Fame, and since 2011 has been a Guest Professor in the International Sports Law Program at the Instituto Superior de Derecho y Economia in Madrid, Spain. In addition to his most recent book, A People’s History of Baseball, he is authoring a chapter on law and politics for the upcoming textbook:Understanding Baseball: Approaches to the Scholarly Study of America’s Game (McFarland & Co., Inc., Publishers). His latest article, “Who Exempted Baseball, Anyway?: The Curious Development of the Antitrust Exemption that Never Was,” will be published in the Spring, 2013 edition of the Harvard Journal of Sports and Entertainment Law.
Michael Risch (view publications)
Professor Michael Risch joined the Villanova faculty as Associate Professor of Law from the West Virginia University College of Law, where he directed the Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Law Program. Prior to joining the West Virginia faculty, he served as an Olin Fellow in Law at Stanford Law School. Professor Risch’s teaching and scholarship focus on intellectual property and cyberspace law, with an emphasis on patents, trade secrets and information access. His articles have been published in the Stanford Law Review, the Indiana Law Journal, the Brigham Young Law Journal, the George Mason Law Review, the Tennessee Law Review, the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology, and the Yale Law Journal Online, among others. Professor Risch received his A.B. with honors and distinction in Public Policy and with distinction in Quantitative Economics from Stanford University, and his J.D. with high honors from the University of Chicago Law School. Prior to entering academia, he was a partner at intellectual property boutique Russo & Hale LLP in Palo Alto, California.
Robert Seiger is a shareholder in the Philadelphia office of Ogletree Deakins whose teaching will specialize in the intersection of immigration and sports law. Seiger’s practice includes representing employers in matters ranging from assisting employers with their visa and Permanent Resident needs for employees to developing a comprehensive immigration law compliance strategy. Robert additionally has significant specific experience assisting clients in the sports industry. Rob serves as outside immigration counsel to several NHL franchises and additionally represents clients in professional football, baseball soccer and golf. Rob additionally represents the athletic departments of colleges and universities in immigration and related compliance issues for their foreign athletes.
Mr. Seiger received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and his J.D. from Villanova School of Law.
Mr. Banner was the Team President of Philadelphia Eagles, LLC (also known as The Philadelphia Eagles) since 2001 and served as its Chief Operating Officer until 2012. Mr. Banner oversaw the day-to-day operations of the Philadelphia Eagles franchise since 1994. Mr. Banner then served as Chief Executive Officer at Cleveland Browns, LLC until he was hired by the Atlanta Falcons in December of 2014 as Front Office Consultant. He has long been known as one of the NFL’s top executives. He serves as the Co-chair of City Year Philadelphia’s Board of Directors. He also serves as a Trustee of City Year, Inc. He has been a Director of Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce since October 2011. Mr. Banner is actively involved in his community, having formed the nationally acclaimed Eagles Youth Partnership. Mr. Banner received his B.A. in Economics from Denison University.