Villanova Sports Law News & Events

April 10, 2015

2015 Jeffrey S. Moorad Sports Law Journal Symposium

2015 symposium

The 2015 Jeffrey S. Moorad Sports Law Journal Symposium—Game-Changers: An Insider Look at a Volatile Year in Sports—explored the most talked-about issues in sports today. Spanning topics from high-profile sports law cases to recent shifts in the NCAA landscape, this in-depth discussion featured commentary from NCAA executives and Villanova University leadership, top attorneys, former professional athletes, a notable NFL coach and prominent journalists. Read more

2014MooradSymposiumMarch 21, 2014

2014 Jeffrey S. Moorad Sports Law Journal Annual Symposium

This year’s symposium provides a 360° analysis of the sports agent world. From the cutthroat nature of the business to future challenges ahead, this behind-the-scenes look at one of the most competitive careers is a must-see event for anyone interested in the business of sports.  Read More


February 11, 2014

The Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law Presents “Inside the NFL Players Association”

NFLPA LogoMoorad Center Director Andrew Brandt sat down with leadership from the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA)—the exclusive bargaining agent for all NFL players—for a revealing conversation about the union’s inner workings on Tuesday, February 11. Brandt was joined by George Attallah, Assistant Executive Director of External Affairs, and Sean Sansiveri ’08, Staff Counsel, for an insider’s look into the NFLPA’s top priorities in protecting the rights of players against NFL team management. Read more or watch a video of the event.

February 8, 2014

Villanova Law Team Competes in Inaugural Game Day Sports Competition at UCLA

Dean Gotanda with Jeffrey Moorad and the VLS team

Dean Gotanda with Jeffrey Moorad and the VLS team

Villanova Law students Stephen McCloskey ‘14, Thomas Grant, Jr. ’14 and Robert Ostapowicz ’14 (JD/MBA) were awarded honorable mention in the inaugural Game Day Sports Competition at UCLA. Launched by the UCLA Anderson Center for MEMES (Management of Enterprise in Media, Entertainment and Sports) and the Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law at Villanova University School of Law, the competition challenged JD and MBA students to take a multidisciplinary approach to analyzing, presenting and negotiating solutions to real-world sports business issues. Read more

March 16th & 17th, 2013

Villanova Students Participating in Fordham Sports Law Competition 

Villanova University School of Law Students Russell Crotts, Greg Katz, and Brett Hertel will be competing in the National Basketball Negotiation Competition at Fordham University School of Law in March.  The competition will focus on oral negotiation skills related to problems facing NBA personnel.  More details about the event can be found here.


March 15, 2013

2013 Moorad Sports Law Symposium: Concussion Conundrum

Join Moorad Center Director Andrew Brandt on Friday, March 15, from 9 a.m. to noon, as he hosts an in-depth discussion and analysis of one of the most important topics in sports today-concussions.

The 2013 Jeffrey S. Moorad Sports Law Journal Symposium— Concussion Conundrum—explores, debates, and informs on the key issues facing players, teams, leagues, doctors, and lawyers regarding head injuries and brain trauma in sports. Panels will feature former NFL players, national media personalities, NFL representatives, and scholars on the topic.

Read more…

February 20th, 2013

Villanova’s Fifth Annual Business of Sports Conference

The Villanova School of Business is hosting its fifth annual Business of Sports Conference in the Connelly Center on Wednesday, February 20th, from 5:30 – 8:00 P.M.. The topic of this conference will be “Money Talks: The Economics of Lockouts.” Panelists from many fields will discuss the reasons behind lockouts and their effects on sports. Registration is open to the entire Villanova community.


More information can be found here.

February 19th, 2013

Meeting of the Villanova Sports and Entertainment Law Society

Barry Hanrahan

5:30 PM, Law School Room 202


The Sports and Entertainment Law Society will have its next meeting on Tuesday, Februrary 19th at 5:30 pm.  The guest speaker at this meeting will be Barry Hanrahan, Assistant General Manager of the Philadelphia Flyers and member of the Advisory board for the Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law.  Please come join us for this meeting.


February 8, 2013

Andrew Brandt Receives Alumni Achievement Award from Georgetown Law

On Friday, February 8th, the Georgetown Entertainment & Media Alliance honored Andrew Brandt at their annual Sports & Entertainment Law Symposium.  Read more about the GEMALaw Symposium here.


January 25, 2013

6th Annual Tulane Baseball Arbitration Competition

Bernie Dennis (3L) and Brett Hertel (2L) competed in Tulane Law School’s National Baseball Arbitration Competition on January 25, 2013. The team won its first hearing before losing to the eventual champions from Pace Law School. The competing students represented either an assigned player or Major League team in salary arbitration hearings. Judges included practicing attorneys, sports agents, Major League management, and ESPN writers.

November 16, 2012

7th Annual Ivy Sports Symposium at Columbia University

The Moorad Center’s own Andrew Brandt will be one of the speakers at the annual Ivy Sports Symposium this year.  The Ivy Sports Symposium is an annual student-run conference that is considered one of the global sports industry’s premier events. The Symposium enables the industry’s leaders and most successful executives to share invaluable knowledge with their peers and potential successors. The event venue rotates among Ivy League institutions.  See more information about this event here.

October 27, 2012

Sports & Entertainment Law Society 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament

The Sports and Entertainment Law Society is hosting a 3v3 basketball tournament to raise money to sponsor a VLS team at the Tulane Baseball Arbitration Competition. All of the games will take place on Saturday October 27. The tournament is single elimination and the winner will receive a $50 gift card to a local bar of your choice. Registration is $10 for a team. The sign up table will be open from 11:30 to 1:30 in the cafeteria.  You may also register by emailing your team to


October 23, 2012

Rutgers Camden Sports Law Symposium

The Rutgers School of Law–Camden is hosting two moderated discussions focused on the intersecting paths of sports and law during the NBA lockout and the sports betting controversy in New Jersey.

Sponsored by Rutgers–Camden’s Sports and Entertainment Law Society, the second annual Sports Law Symposium will be held Tuesday, Oct. 23 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

See more information and event details here.


October 11, 2012

Referees, Replacements and Resolution: Andrew Brandt Gives an Inside Look at the NFL Dispute with its Officials.

The controversial call that ended the Monday Night Football game between the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks incited outcry from diehard fans, casual viewers, and politicians alike, tarnishing the integrity and image of the NFL. Andrew Brandt — Director of the Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law, ESPN NFL Business Analyst, and former VP for the Green Bay Packers — offered an in-depth discussion of the NFLRA negotiations and strike. A leading expert on the topic, Mr. Brandt examined the bargaining positions of each side, the length of negotiations, and how the Green Bay/Seattle fiasco was the impetus for the historic CBA that brought the referees back to the gridiron. View the video here.


S.E.L.S. Meeting

September 20, 2012

The Villanova Sports and Entertainment Law Society kicked off the 2012-2013 academic year with its first meeting. In addition to previewing the events scheduled for this year, three guest speakers addressed the large turnout of students and faculty. Andrew Brandt, Director of the Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law discussed his background and his vision for the Center. His goals are to make the Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law a fulcrum for sports law, thought, media and policy and to make the Center’s website the place to find “everything outside the game.” The meeting also featured two other guest speakers, Vince Nicastro, the Athletic Director for Villanova University, and Michael Siegal, a VLS alum and sports agent. You can view the recording here.


Villanova Sports and Entertainment Law Journal Annual Symposium Moneyball's Impact on Business and Sports

Moneyball Symposium

February 10, 2012

Those who missed the 2012 Villanova Sports and Entertainment Law Journal Symposium, “Moneyball’s Impact on Business and Sports,” can watch a taped webcast of the event. Jeffrey S. Moorad VSL ’81, vice chairman and CEO of the San Diego Padres, headlined the panel alongside Billy Beane, vice president and general manager of the Oakland A’s; Omar Minaya, senior vice president of baseball operations for the Padres; and Phil Griffin, president of MSNBC. Former Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell VSL ’68, a guest sports commentator for Comcast SportsNet and the Philadelphia Daily News, served as moderator.


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