Global Sports Law Columbia University Companion Program


  • Introduction

    ISDE and Columbia University are proud to announce the launch of a new companion degree program for internationally-oriented sports industry professionals.

    This companion program is the only offering in the market created with an external industry perspective. As the program was developed, leading sports industry professionals and law firms were consulted in order to ascertain the skills and knowledge that students would need in order to best position themselves for employment upon graduation. Qualified students will earn two professional degrees – Columbia’s market-leading Master of Science (MSc) in Sports Management and ISDE’s innovative Master in Global Sports Law – over the course of 12 months of intensive classroom study in New York City, and another four to six months of hands-on internship experience with a leading sports organization in the United States, Europe or elsewhere. (Longer internships may, in some cases, be possible with the agreement of the student and host organization.)

    Courses provide foundational instruction on the sports industry combined with specific training in sports (accounting, finance, marketing, personnel management, and analytics) and law (intellectual property law and alternative dispute resolution).

    Columbia/ISDE Companion Degree students enjoy the same academic and administrative benefits as all other full-time Columbia students. At the same time, they also benefit from the special academic content and proven placement services offered by ISDE.

    The program’s prestigious faculty represent many of the world’s top sporting organizations, including:

      National Collegiate Athletic Association

      National Football League

      National Basketball Association

      Fédération Internationale de Football Association

      Court of Arbitration for Sport

      Major League Soccer

      International Olympic Committee

    Furthermore, guest lecturers include the world sporting community’s most respected lawyers, agents, and managers. Networking events and practical workshops held at leading law firms and sports organizations in New York City will complement the coursework.

    In addition to the academically rigorous curriculum, the program offers students outstanding networking opportunities with peers at Columbia and ISDE and colleagues from across the Ivy League and sports industry. 
Together, these opportunities will prepare graduates to succeed in the next phases of their careers.

    The Columbia/ISDE Companion Degree Program is open to highly motivated professionals who already possess a law degree

  • Course Structure

    Students in the Columbia/ISDE Companion Degree Program follow an intensive program of classroom lectures, site visits and global internship experiences that last 18 months. The program begins with a mandatory curriculum of sports law and management courses, all of which are offered over the space of ten months. As detailed below, all classroom instruction will take place during the Fall Semester (September-December 2016), the Spring Semester (January-May 2017) and the Summer Session (May-July 2017).


    Fall & Spring Semesters (September 2016 - May 2017)

    Globalization of Sports

    This course will address the close-knit relationship between globalization, sports, and development from a critical global perspective. This course highlights the extent to which contemporary sports cultures are the result of the interplay among local, regional, national, international and global forces. This is achieved by demonstrating how sports governing bodies, events, business practices, and products are simultaneously expressive of local conditions and also influenced by the workings of global economic, political, and cultural forces.

    Social-Historical Foundations of American Sport

    The foundation course for the Sports Management program is a chronological and topical examination of the history of American sports, beginning in the colonial era and ending in the present. The major events and trends in sports history are analyzed and placed within the broader context of American history, considering how historical processes influenced the rise of sports, and how sports influenced major social and cultural developments. Particular emphasis is given to the commercialization of sports. Throughout, students read seminal works on the history of sports. Through analysis of the historical, social, commercial, and economic context of American sports, the course teaches students to understand and manage contemporary issues in the business of sports.

    Digital Sports Media & Marketing

    This course provides a comprehensive survey and analysis of the state of digital media and marking in sports today. Topics include a thorough exploration of the historical background, context and timeline of key industry developments and launches, including the advent of "interactive" media in the 1990s and provide an overview of all aspects of the "3 Cs" — content, community and commerce. In addition, students will be asked to examine the growth and influence of social media, the importance of fantasy and video gaming, the dominance of video in a multi-screen world, the growth and influence of B2B and B2C analytics, the transformation of the in-venue experience and the different aspects of ecommerce.

    Sports Accounting and Finance

    This course provides an extensive overview of the business of professional sports and the financial and accounting skills necessary for sports managers to succeed in professional sports organizations. This course aims to provide practical, hands-on experience relevant to real-life financial and accounting challenges. The first section of the course examines the sports industry from a macroeconomic perspective, surveying the business models of the major sports leagues, organizations, and various business sectors (such as media, licensing, facilities, etc). The second section of the course examines the professional sports industry on a microeconomic level by teaching the practical financial and accounting skills used in day-to-day operations of professional sports organizations. By the end of the course, students will have a solid comprehension of the role of finance and accounting in the sports industry and be able to successfully apply that knowledge to financial and accounting issues routinely faced by sports managers.

    Elective Courses

    Students are able to choose an elective from a list of courses including:

    Sports Business Communications and Public Relations 

    Intercollegiate Athletics Administration

    Sports Facilities and Events Management

    Sport Revenues Strategies and Analytics

    International and Comparative Sports Law

    This law course serves as the overarching course for the Law component of the Companion Degree Program it exposes students to the broad range of cross-border and foreign jurisdictional, regulatory, and practice issues that characterize the global sports law industry.

    The focus of this course is to introduce, synthesize and evaluate theory; introduce scholarly research; and discuss issues and themes regarding international sports law. The differences and similarities between American, European and International sports will be compared via lecturers, readings, and in-class discussions. The following topics will be covered throughout the course: The International Olympic Committee (IOC), International Federations, National Federations, National Olympic Committees, the Olympics, FIFA, FIBA, and the globalization of professional sport.

    Sports Analytics

    This course is an introduction to the application of analytic tools and techniques used to aid sports decision-makers. The structure of the course focuses on the use of analytics in four main areas of interest: player performance measurement; in-game decision-making; player selection and team/roster construction; and sports administration such as marketing, pricing, contracts, stadium management, etc. Emphasis will be placed on how the application of analytics has altered the decision processes of sports organizations. TBD provides a needed skill set for today's sports managers and leaders. Having a basic understanding of analytical tools and their application to sports issues is essential for the success of anyone pursuing a career in the field of sports management.

    Leadership and Personnel Management in the Sports Industry

    This course examines issues of management and organizational behavior within the broad context of the sports industry, with specific reference to issues of staffing, motivation, and communication. Introduces leadership theory, as well as the tools and techniques for its practical applications, including how to most effectively put leadership theory to work on a daily basis within a sports organization.


    Summer Season (May-June 2017)

    Intellectual Property Law

    This course is intended both for students who are interested in a general overview of intellectual property and as a gateway to Boalt's Law and Sports. The course begins with an analysis of the competing policies underlying intellectual property law. It covers the basics of patent, copyright, trademark, and trade secrets law, as well as some of the salient controversies in intellectual property law, including right of publicity in sports, sponsorship, commercial promotion and business methods, the challenges to copyright law posed by sport event sharing technology, the role and difficulties of protecting rights on the Internet, and the application of common law doctrines to the Internet.

    Alternative Dispute Resolution

    Alternative Dispute Resolution ("ADR") refers to any means of settling disputes outside of the courtroom. ADR typically includes early neutral evaluation, negotiation, conciliation, mediation, and arbitration. As burgeoning court queues, rising costs of litigation, and time delays continue to plague litigants, more states have begun experimenting with ADR programs. Some of these programs are voluntary; others are mandatory.

    While the two most common forms of ADR are arbitration and mediation, negotiation is almost always attempted first to resolve a dispute. It is the preeminent mode of dispute resolution. Negotiation allows the parties to meet in order to settle a dispute. The main advantage of this form of dispute settlement is that it allows the parties themselves to control the process and the solution.

    ISDE reserves the right to withdraw or modify the courses of instruction or to change the instructors as may become necessary.

  • Global Internship Component

    Internships will last for a duration of 4 months in the offices of one of our collaborating partners. ISDE works closely with a large number law firms, institutions, sport clubs, organizations and companies worldwide.

    The destination of the internship is decided after a detailed case-by-case analysis of each student’s academic performance and personal profile, as well as the acceptance of the receiving institution.

    Internship opportunities bridge the gap between the educational and professional worlds, making it easier to transition from academic life into a professional career.

    Many of ISDE’s students remain working for the organization who hosted their internship after completion of the internship period, while others use the valuable experience gained to further advance their professional career.

     Examples of past internship host organizations include:

    • Bichara & Motta (Brazil)
    • Libra Law (Switzerland)
    • Mills & Reeve (UK)
    • Squire Patton Boggs (UK)
    • CRA Law Firm (Portugal)
    • Court of Arbitration for Sports (Switzerland)
    • World Anti-Doping Agency (Switzerland)
    • New York Red Bulls FC (New York)
    • Asian Football Confederation (Malaysia)
    • Buckner Sports Law Firm (Miami)


    Global Internships begin in July, August or September, depending on the needs of the host organization. They last a minimum of four months, but in some cases may be extended for longer periods with the agreement of the student and host organization. Degrees are conferred at a graduation ceremony that takes place in December.

  • Admissions & Tuition Fee

    The fee for this course is $94,496.40

    To enter in the admissions process please follow this link:
  • Program Faculty

    Vince Gennaro-Faculty

    Vince Gennaro, Director of the Master of Science in Sports Management program at Columbia University, is author of Diamond Dollars: The Economics of Winning in Baseball, a consultant to Major League Baseball teams and President of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR). He is also appears regularly on MLB Network's studio shows including Clubhouse Confidential, a television show featuring leading edge baseball analytics. Gennaro also founded the Diamond Dollars Case Competition series, which brings students and sports executives together in a forum that allows students to apply their skills to solve real sports business problems. This follows a successful business career, which is highlighted by a 20-year career at PepsiCo, and ownership of a pro sports franchise.

    At PepsiCo, Gennaro was President of Pepsi’s Fountain Beverage Division, the general manager of a billion dollar bottling business, and led the world's leading snack brand, Doritos. An entrepreneurial startup endeavor early in Vince’s career complements his success with a blue chip Fortune 50 company. At the age of 27, he raised capital, led the purchase of a franchise in the Women’s Pro Basketball League — the forerunner of today’s WNBA — and served as its President and General Manager.

    Vince’s innovative work in baseball analytics — ranging from player evaluation and the development of new metrics, to placing a dollar value on players — has been the subject of articles in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and CNN Money. He has also written for Yahoo! Sports and contributed to The Wall Street Journal. He is a frequent guest commentator in the media on sports business topics, appearing on the YES Network, CNBC and Bloomberg TV, WFAN radio in NYC, and many other broadcast outlets.

    Vince serves on the Advisory Board of The Perfect Game Foundation. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago.

    In addition to teaching "Supervised Research Projects in Sports Management," he is the Chair of Curriculum Assessment and Evaluation and the Curriculum Advisory Committee.

    Ray Katz-Faculty

    Ray Katz is managing partner at Source1 Sports, which is a subsidiary of Source Communications, a leading advertising and transactional marketing company which has been in business since 1983 servicing clients such as SUBWAY, Sony, HP, Amtrak, JH Cohn and the 2014 Super Bowl Host Committee.

    Katz is a seasoned veteran with over 20 years in the industry, and has diverse experience working for a league (NFL), an agency (Young & Rubicam), a network (The Football Network), and a team/arena property (Madison Square Garden). His expertise is focused across sports marketing disciplines including sports media, sports sponsorship, emerging technologies, and research and analytics.

    Prior to joining Optimum Sports, Katz worked as chief marketing officer and senior vice president of sales for The Football Network. In 1999, Katz founded Smartix International, an affinity commerce company and continues to serve as founder, consultant and chairman of the Advisory Board.

    Katz was heavily involved in the initial curriculum development for the New York University M.S. in Sports Business program in 2001, and has taught e-commerce, sports media, digital sports media, sports marketing, event marketing, and sports sponsorship courses for both the graduate and undergraduate sports programs at NYU. He is also on the board of advisors for the Business of Sports School and the Wharton Sports Business Initiative.

    Katz graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and earned an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business.

    Ray Katz teaches SPRT K4560 Sports Media Marketing.

    Adam Raiken-Faculty

    Adam Raiken is the Vice President, Finance for the New Meadowlands Stadium Company, LLC, operating company of MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. MetLife Stadium is home of the New York Giants and New York Jets and is the only stadium in the NFL home to two teams.

    As the head of the Stadium’s finance department, Raiken is responsible for oversight and control of the financial processes for the Joint Venture. This includes working with senior management of the Stadium Company and the New York Jets and New York Giants to analyze the financial implications of all potential business opportunities.

    Adam joined the New Meadowlands Stadium Company in October 2012 after spending six years with the New York Yankees, his most recent role being Director of Financial Operations.

    Prior to the New York Yankees, Raiken spent four and a half years at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he focused on auditing the NBA salary cap, MLB revenue sharing, the NFL salary cap. In addition to his work in the sports industry, while at PricewaterhouseCoopers Raiken also audited AT&T and Pearson Education.

    Raiken received a B.S. in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

    Brian Friedman-Faculty

    Brian Friedman is the Chief Financial Officer of the New York Jets. He is responsible for all strategic and financial planning for the Jets, daily accounting operations for the team, financial oversight of the team’s interests in MetLife Stadium, and all internal and external reporting to the NFL and various other agencies. In addition he oversees information technology and practice facility operations.

    Prior to joining the Jets, Friedman was the chief financial officer of Blissworld, LLC, the owner and operator of Bliss spas and seller of a full line of skin care products. At Bliss, he was responsible for all financial operations and new business development. Before joining Bliss, he was the senior director of finance for the Columbia House Company and prior to that held several finance roles of increasing responsibility at Polo Ralph Lauren.

    Friedman began his career at Price Waterhouse and is a certified public accountant. Friedman has a degree in Economics and Business Management from Cornell University and an MBA from Columbia University.

    Brian Friedman teaches Sports Accounting and Finance.

    Neal Pilson-Faculty

    Neal H. Pilson is the president of Pilson Communications, Inc. (PCI), and the former president of CBS Sports. Established in 1995, PCI is a consulting company active in all areas of sports television, media and marketing, and provides representation, negotiation and consulting services for U.S. and international companies and organizations. PCI's clients have included NASCAR, the International Olympic Committee, the Rose Bowl, and Churchill Downs, among others.

    In two terms as President of CBS Sports, Pilson was responsible for negotiating broadcast agreements for all of CBS's major sports franchises including the NFL, the NCAA Basketball Tournament, The Masters, college football and basketball, and he handled the acquisition of domestic television rights for the Olympic Winter Games. During his tenure, the CBS production unit won major Emmy Awards for coverage of the Final Four, NFL Football, Major League Baseball, the Daytona 500 and other events, as well as a George Foster Peabody Award for The Masters. In December 1994, the International Olympic Committee awarded Pilson the Olympic Order, the highest honor given by that organization. Before joining CBS, Pilson was in private law practice in New York and served as an executive at both Metromedia, Inc. and the William Morris Agency, Inc.

    A frequent speaker, panelist and moderator at sports conferences, Pilson led the 2007 Paley Center Dialogue on Sports and the Media. He is a frequent on-air contributor and is often interviewed by broadcast networks, sports radio stations, ESPN and CNN, and is often quoted in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Sports Illustrated, among other outlets.

    Pilson received an A.B. in history from Hamilton College in 1960 and an LL.B. from Yale Law School in 1963.

    Neil Pilson teaches "Leadership and Personnel Management in the Sports Industry."

    Tom Richardson-Faculty

    Tom Richardson is a media and marketing veteran with broad experience in management, consulting, and teaching.

    He is president of Convergence Sports & Media, a digital media and marketing consultancy he launched in 2004 after a corporate career in media and sports. Working with a variety of companies, from well-established properties to startup ventures, Convergence focuses on helping grow and manage businesses in a highly disrupted and increasingly complex media/marketing ecosystem. The firm's consulting and advisement work includes strategic planning, business and partnership development, marketing, sales, and resourcing. Clients have included NBC Sports, IMG, Bloomberg, WWE, and the U.S. Olympic Committee.

    Prior to launching Convergence, Richardson was the GM of Sports & News at AOL, the president of digital at the National Hockey League, and the head of publishing at the National Football League. He started his career at Grey Advertising before moving into publishing at Ziff Davis.

    Following his passion for education and mentorship, Richardson is an adjunct professor at New York University and Iona College. He is also the founder and CEO of Talent League, a marketplace that matches curated millennial talent with companies in sports, media and marketing.

    In addition to being a frequent speaker at industry events, Richardson is also one of the organizers of NYVC Sports, which integrates New York City's entrepreneurial, enterprise, and investment communities by hosting special events for a curated network of executives — all at the intersection of the digital and sports marketplaces. He earned his B.A. in English from Hamilton College.

    Richardson teaches K4580 Digital Sports Media and Marketing.

    Jeffrey Mishkin-Guest Lecturer

    Jeffrey A. Mishkin joined the New York office of Skadden, Arps on January 1, 2000, after serving as executive vice president and chief legal officer of the National Basketball Association for seven years. His practice centers on all aspects of sports law and includes antitrust, intellectual property, labor and a wide range of trial and appellate business litigation. For many years, he has represented the NBA as its chief outside counsel. Mr. Mishkin has participated in every major legal decision that has affected the NBA in the past 35 years — first as an associate and then as a partner in private practice with a large New York firm, and later as the head of the NBA’s in-house legal department. He has been involved in every round of collective bargaining negotiations between the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association, and he directed the NBA’s legal effort in its 1998-1999 labor dispute with NBA players. As executive vice president and chief legal officer, Mr. Mishkin oversaw every aspect of the NBA’s legal affairs, including all litigation, labor relations, commercial transactions, legislation, and enforcement of the league’s intellectual property rights and its anti-drug program, personally trying and arguing the NBA’s most important cases, including NBA v. Williams (an antitrust and labor law case regarding the NBA’s salary cap); Chicago Professional Sports and WGN v. NBA (an antitrust case involving the league’s national television rights); and NBA v. Motorola (an intellectual property case closely watched across the country concerning the unauthorized transmission via pagers and the Internet of real-time scores and statistics of NBA games). Since coming to Skadden, his sports practice has expanded to include representation of the PGA TOUR, National Football League, National Hockey League, Major League Baseball, National Collegiate Athletic Association, United States Tennis Association, Major League Baseball Advanced Media, Collegiate Licensing Association, Madison Square Garden, New York Knicks, New York Rangers, New Jersey (now Brooklyn) Nets, Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns, Toronto Raptors, Toronto Maple Leafs, Denver Nuggets, Miami Heat and many other sports organizations. Among other notable matters, Mr. Mishkin successfully represented the PGA TOUR in Morris Communications v. PGA TOUR, an antitrust case in which the Eleventh Circuit upheld the right of the PGA TOUR to prohibit the unauthorized sale of real-time golf scores. Mr. Mishkin was named a “Litigator of the Week” by The Am Law Litigation Daily (September 19, 2013) for his work on behalf of the four major U.S. professional sports leagues and the National Collegiate Athletic Association in securing an affirmance by the Third Circuit of a permanent injunction preventing the state of New Jersey from authorizing gambling on the leagues’ athletic events. He also serves as an arbitrator for the Court of Arbitration for Sport headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland. Mr. Mishkin has been listed repeatedly in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and The Best Lawyers in America for sports law. He was named as one of the “Most Highly Regarded Individuals” by The International Who’s Who of Sports & Entertainment Lawyers 2013 and he was included in the Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America 2014. Mr. Mishkin also was named Best Lawyers’ “2012 New York City Sports Law Lawyer of the Year.”


    Chair, Committee on Federal Courts, Association of the Bar of the City of New York (1989-1992) Member, Committee on Federal Courts, Association of the Bar of the City of New York (1986-1989) Secretary, Committee on Entertainment and Sports Law, Association of the Bar of the City of New York (1983-1986) Secretary, Committee on Professional Discipline, Association of the Bar of the City of New York (1980-1983) Member, Young Lawyers Committee, Association of the Bar of the City of New York ( 1977-1980) Member, New York State Bar Association; American Bar Association; Federal Bar Council


    Author, “Professional Sports Leagues Need Fiscal Responsibility - Exploring ‘Salary Cap’ Systems and Other Lawful Solutions,” New York Law Journal (August 2000) Author, “Football’s Post-Season Play: Courtroom Drama Looms For The NFL and Its Players,” Between The Lines, Ernst & Young’s Financial Newsletter for the Sports World (Winter 1992) Author, “The Sports Television Marketplace — Two Unresolved Legal Issues,” Between The Lines, Ernst & Young’s Financial Newsletter for the Sports World (Fall 1991) Author, “What Happens To Free-Agency Rules When Collective Bargaining Pact Expires?” New York Law Journal (May 1989) Author, “Does a League Have The Right to Determine Where Teams Play?” National Law Journal (November 1987) Author, “Application of Goldberg v. Kelly Hearing Requirements to Termination of Social Security Benefits,” Stanford Law Review, Vol. 26, No. 3 (February 1974)

    Anthony Dreyer-Guest Lecturer

    Anthony Dreyer is a commercial litigator concentrating on intellectual property and sports litigation.

    Intellectual Property Litigation and Related Matters

    Mr. Dreyer litigates matters involving trademark, copyright, rights of publicity, false advertising and consumer fraud claims. His recent matters include representing the NFL and its 32 member clubs in a copyright infringement suit involving the use of game-action photographs. He recently represented the NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB as amici in a Ninth Circuit appeal involving the unauthorized Internet transmission of television broadcasts. He secured preliminary and permanent injunctive relief on behalf of Virgin Mobile USA in nearly two dozen trademark infringement lawsuits. He has represented the Fresh Del Monte Group in protecting its trademark rights in the United States, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, and obtained an injunction against the use of the Del Monte mark in those territories. He has advised numerous China-based clients on issues relating to U.S. trademark and copyright law, and recently counseled The Walt Disney Company in connection with its acquisition of Lucasfilm Ltd. As part of his intellectual property practice, Mr. Dreyer advises and represents clients in the areas of false advertising, advertising clearance and deceptive trade practice claims. He successfully defended SiriusXM in two separate putative class action lawsuits challenging the satellite radio provider’s subscription practices. He has represented the International Trademark Association in numerous amicus submissions, including two Supreme Court amicus submissions involving questions of trademark tacking and standing to sue under the Lanham Act. Mr. Dreyer obtained a favorable jury verdict on behalf of Fresh Del Monte in an S.D.N.Y. lawsuit involving claims of false advertising and breach of a license agreement, securing a finding of willful false advertising and the issuance of permanent injunctive relief.

    Sports Litigation and Related Matters

    Mr. Dreyer has extensive experience counseling clients on a wide range of sports matters. He is representing the NCAA, NBA, NHL, NFL and MLB in a lawsuit brought against New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to prevent New Jersey’s authorization and licensing of gambling on athletic events, and secured permanent injunctive relief on behalf of his clients. He represents the NBA in connection with its imposition of discipline against former owner Donald Sterling and is defending the NBA against claims brought by Mr. Sterling. He successfully represented golfer Rory McIlroy in a lawsuit brought against him by Oakley, a former sponsor, over an endorsement agreement Mr. McIlroy entered into with Nike. Mr. Dreyer also is representing the PGA TOUR in two separate lawsuits: one brought by golfer Vijay Singh relating to discipline imposed against Mr. Singh under the TOUR’s anti-doping program, the other brought by a putative class of TOUR caddies challenging the alleged use of the caddies’ name and likeness. In addition to the Sterling matter, Mr. Dreyer has litigated numerous disputes on behalf of the NBA and its member teams. He represented the NBA in litigation relating to the league’s lockout of its players following expiration of the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement with its players. He has litigated player discipline and salary disputes on behalf of the NBA, the NHL and teams in both leagues. He has counseled boththe NBA and the NHL in connection with disability insurance coverage matters. Mr. Dreyer also has advised the United States Tennis Association in connection with the US Open and US Open Series tennis tournaments. He recently served a three-year term as chair of the New York City Bar Association’s Sports Law Committee. Mr. Dreyer was selected for inclusion in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2014 in the Nationwide Sports Law category. He also is a member of the Skadden group recognized by The National Law Journal as one of the country’s leading IP practices in its 2013 “IP Hot List.” He is an adjunct professor of law at Fordham University Law School, where he teaches courses on Advertising Law and Advanced Trademark Law. Mr. Dreyer also is an adjunct professor of law at Cardozo Law School, where he teaches Sports and the Law.

    Katherine Porter-Guest Lecturer

    Katherine Porter represents a wide variety of clients in litigation and international arbitration matters, with a particular emphasis on sports-related disputes. She has represented clients in disputes involving cross-border and international law issues, including arbitrations before the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and International Centre for Settlment of Investment Disputes (ICSID). Ms. Porter’s litigation and arbitration experience includes representing:

    -- a Brazilian sports marketing firm and its U.S. affiliate in a breach-of-contract dispute against a South American soccer confederation and its president, 10 national soccer associations and a competitor sports marketing firm relating to the commercial rights for the South American soccer championship;

    -- a men’s professional golf tour in a dispute with its member arising out of the application of the tour’s drug testing policy;

    -- a Barbadian company in an ICSID arbitration under the Barbados-Venezuela Bilateral Investment Treaty relating to the expropriation of a petrochemical company in Venezuela;

    -- two Chilean subsidiaries of a Peruvian conglomerate in a post-acquisition dispute with a French mining company, arbitrated under ICC rules;

    -- two Brazilian entities in an ICC arbitration in connection with disputes arising out of joint venture agreements;

    -- a professional golfer in a breach-of-contract action brought by a former sponsor;

    -- a professional sports league in disputes relating to and arising out of the collective bargaining relationship with its players;

    -- a professional sports league in an internal investigation relating to an alleged violation of league rules by a team and its coaching staff;

    -- a U.S. technology company in an internal investigation of its Mexican subsidiary; and

    -- a U.S. consumer products company in a post-closing internal audit of a newly acquired Mexican subsidiary.

    Ms. Porter’s experience also includes serving as clerk and ad hoc clerk to arbitration panels in sports-related arbitrations before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), under both the ordinary and appeal arbitration procedures. Her work with CAS includes disputes relating to the transfer of players, the interpretation and application of an international federation’s rules, and anti-doping matters. Additionally, Ms. Porter has lectured on dispute resolution in sports to law students at St. John’s University and the Instituto Superior de Derecho y Economía.

    Benjamin Cohen-Guest Lecturer

    Benjamin Cohen, Swiss national, is currently Head of Governance & Legal Affairs at the International Basketball Federation (FIBA). He is a member of the Legal Advisory Group for the Association of International Summer Olympic Federations (ASOIF) and was recently appointed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as an Expert for Betting and Match-fixing legislation. In 2011, Benjamin was elected as President of the Legal Commission for the International League against Racism. Benjamin holds a Bachelor of Law from University of Fribourg (Switzerland) and a Master of Law in International Contract Law from University of Fribourg and University of Durham (England). He specialized in Sports law, mediation and arbitration and further completed the International Academy for Sport Science & Technology’s Master of Advanced Studies in Sport Management and Technology at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland). Benjamin regularly intervenes as a speaker for various sports-related university programs worldwide. He is currently completing his PhD (Doctorate Thesis) on International Olympic Sports Governance at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. Previous work experiences include the United Nations Office of Sport for Development and Peace (New York, USA), the Union of European Football Associations, UEFA (Nyon, Switzerland) and the Sports Division of the Council of Europe (Strasbourg, France).

    Claire Zovko-Faculty

    Claire M. Zovko serves as of-counsel to Buckner Sports Law on issues relating to intercollegiate athletics, Olympic sports, and sports law. In her work, she has assisted with sports law appeals and contractual matters for FIBA and WNBA players/agents/coaches, a sport federation (before the Court of Arbitration for Sport), Olympic athletes, and NCAA student-athletes. Zovko teaches the Globalization of Sport at the University of Miami, has previously taught International and Comparative Sports Law with ISDE in New York City, and Advanced Essay Writing at Ave Maria School of Law. Additionally, she is the founder of Sports Law Chat, which is a Twitter chat dedicated to informed discussions on relevant topics of sports law.

    Zovko has worked with the NBA’s Seattle Supersonics/Oklahoma City Thunder, the WNBA’s Seattle Storm and the University of Miami athletics compliance office. In addition, she has traveled abroad as a teaching assistant for international sports law programs in Florence, Italy; Lausanne, Switzerland; and London, England during the 2012 London Olympic Games.

    Zovko serves as a board member of Sports Leadership. She is an active member of the Sports Lawyers Association.

    She received a B.A. in business administration and a mathematics minor from Pacific Lutheran University, where she played collegiate basketball, and a J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law. A native of Seattle, Zovko is licensed to practice law in Florida and based in Miami.

    Matthew Asbell-Faculty

    Matthew Asbell is a partner in the New York office of Ladas & Parry.

    He assists clients in clearing, obtaining, enforcing, and defending trademark rights in the United States and throughout the world.  He also provides advice on patents, copyrights, domain names, and other related areas.  With prior background in the entertainment industry, information technology, and medicine, he is comfortable working with a wide range of clients in diverse industries.  In addition, his certifications as a Social Media Strategist and Master Instructor equip him to handle complex intellectual property matters arising in the Web 2.0 space.

    Matthew frequently collaborates on and authors articles on intellectual property on subjects ranging from social media and domain names to licensing, branding, and information technology. He is an active speaker and lecturer and is a frequent moderator and panelist at ABA,  INTA, and other conferences.  Matthew co-produced a series of 5 informational videos for the American Bar Association that illustrate intellectual property rights in different settings.

    Matthew received his B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Music Composition from Carnegie Mellon University and attended the Medical College of Pennsylvania, (now part of Drexel University).  He received his J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he was president of the Intellectual Property Law Society and Acquisitions Editor of the top-ranked Cardozo Arts and Entertainment Law Journal.  As an active alumnus, he serves on the Alumni Executive Committee, chairs the Alumni Intellectual Property Practice Group, and mentors numerous young attorneys and law students.

    Jeff Gewirtz-Guest Lecturer

    Executive Vice President, Business Affairs & Chief Legal Officer for the Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center, New York, USA.

    In May 2007 Jeff Gewirtz began his tenure as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for the NBA’s New Jersey Nets and in December 2010 was promoted to Executive Vice President, Business Affairs and Chief Legal Officer. In addition to oversight of all legal affairs for the franchise, now known as the Brooklyn Nets, Gewirtz serves in the same role for Barclays Center, the major sports and entertainment arena in downtown Brooklyn, New York, which opened in September 28, 2012.

    In March 2009 Gewirtz was named as a Sports Business Journal FORTY UNDER 40, recognizing the most influential sports business executives in the United States under the age of 40.

    Gewirtz formerly served as the United States Olympic Committee General Counsel and Chief Legal & Government Affairs Officer. While there he oversaw all USOC legal matters, including areas such as litigation and arbitration, intellectual property matters, athlete and sport national governing body matters under the Ted Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports Act, anti-doping, real estate, and sponsorship, media, and licensing transactions. Gewirtz also had oversight of the USOC’s government relations activities with Congress and Federal government agencies and he served as counsel to the USOC’s 2016 Olympic Games Domestic Bid City Evaluation Commission.

    Prior to joining the USOC Gewirtz was Counsel — sports & entertainment transactions, marketing and media in The Coca-Cola Company’s Corporate Legal Division. His primary responsibilities at Coca-Cola included the provision of legal counsel on and the structuring and negotiation of the Company’s North American sports marketing and media transactions with professional sports leagues, team, stadiums, arenas, and professional athletes.

    Prior to joining Coca-Cola, Gewirtz was Director of Legal Affairs for IOC Television & Marketing Services SA, based in Lausanne, Switzerland. In that role he served as the legal point person and primary negotiator of the International Olympic Committee’s global sponsorship alliances under The Olympic Partners (TOP) Program with companies such as Coca-Cola, Eastman Kodak, John Hancock, McDonald’s Corporation, Samsung Electronics, Omega, and VISA. Gewirtz also negotiated global sponsorships and technology license agreements on behalf of the 2002 Salt Lake Olympic Organizing Committee and the 2004 Athens Olympic Organising Committee. Prior to his IOC work, Gewirtz was General Counsel of the LPGA Tour. He has also worked in-house in the legal and business affairs department of the WTA Tour and began his legal career as an associate attorney with the New York City law firm of Dunnington, Bartholow and Miller, LLP, where he served as associate to the United States Tennis Association’s General Counsel. From 1997 through 2002 Gewirtz also held the pro bono position of General Counsel to USTA/Eastern, Inc., the Eastern Section of the United States Tennis Association.

    Through his seat on the Sports Lawyers Association (SLA) Board of Directors, Gewirtz served as Chair of the 2011 SLA Conference in Washington, DC and he also serves as Chair of the SLA’s Sponsorship Committee of the Board.

    Julien Sieveking-Guest Lecturer

    Senior Manager of Legal Affairs for the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Montreal (Quebec), Canada.

    Multilingual Swiss lawyer with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Lausanne; he is specialized in sports law, in particular in sports litigation, whether before the internal bodies of the sports organizations or before the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

    He also holds a Master’s degree in sports organizations management from the University Claude Bernard in Lyon.

    Since 2005, he is acting as Senior Manager of Legal Affairs for the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

    Before joining WADA, Julien Sieveking worked for seven years for the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) as Secretary of the disciplinary bodies.

    He has also worked in major sports or sports-related events such as the European Football Championship (EURO), the Tour de France (cycling), the FINA World.

    Championships (swimming), the World Conference on doping in Sport or Sportaccord.

    He has also been General Secretary of the Swiss Sport Managers Association (ASMS) for three years.

    Dr Laila Mintas-Guest Lecturer

    Director of Sports Integrity, CONCACAF.

    Dr. Laila Mintas serves as Director of Sports Integrity at CONCACAF, the governing body of football in North, Central America and Caribbean, and lectures Sports Law at the ISDE/St. Johns LL.M. in International and Comparative Sports Law Program in New York being her topic Integrity in Sports – The fight against Match-Fixing. She previously worked as Head of Legal and International Development for FIFA’s Early Warning System (FIFA EWS) in Zurich, where she worked in close collaboration with the FIFA Security and Legal Division in all matters related to match manipulation and sports integrity. Earlier, she has worked several years as a lawyer at the international law firm White & Case LLP, in the German Office where she specialized in Sports Law and White Collar Crime/Compliance. She made her PhD in ‘Gambling via the internet’ which became a recognized book in this field, has published a number of articles on sports and gambling law and has lectured law at the Humboldt University of Berlin. Dr. Mintas is Co-Editor some of the most well-known law journals for Sports Law, e.g. ‘World Sports Law Report’.

    As Director of Sports Integrity, Dr. Mintas oversees the design and implementation of systems and processes to prevent, detect, investigate, and respond to match-fixing issues within the CONCACAF region to enhance good governance within CONCACAF and its members. To safeguard the sports integrity within CONCACAF, a comprehensive and integrated holistic approach including several different measures is essential, for instance consisting of developing efficient legal regulations with regard to Sports Integrity, education and prevention programs for players, referees and officials of CONCACAF and its member associations.

    Takehiko Nakamura-Guest Lecturer

    Takehiko Nakamura is the President and CEO of Blue United Corporation based in New York City.

    Prior to founding Blue United, Nakamura served as General Manager for LeadOff Sports Marketing where he played a major role overseeing business development for the group with a focus on the soccer industry. He provided sales, representation, consultation and other services for some of the world's premier soccer brands and properties, including: Major League Soccer (MLS), Japan Professional Football League (J.League), City Football Group, ESPN Regional, Hawaiian Islands Invitational (HII) (formerly Pan-Pacific Championship) and former Italian National Team captain Alessandro Del Piero. Orchestrated one of the largest seven figure, multi-year partnership deals between New York Red Bulls and Yanmar Co., Ltd. in 2015.

    In 2015, Takehiko was recognized by University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Department of Sport Management’s “Alumni-on-the-Rise Award”, designed to honor the achievement of select alumni who graduated five to 10 years ago, and have already made a mark on the industry.

    In addition, Nakamura is a lecturer and regular contributor at the Real Madrid Graduate School, Universidad Europea de Madrid’s International MBA Course addressing about entrepreneurship during its academic visits to New York City. He is also one of only two FIFA-licensed Match Agents in Japan and serves MLS as a consultant in the Asian market.

    Prior to joining LeadOff Sports Marketing, Nakamura served as Director of International Business for Spanish La Liga powers Football Club Barcelona (FCB). At FCB, Nakamura was the first Japanese national charged with overseeing the Asian, Oceania and North American markets. Nakamura helped launch the club’s New York office and was responsible for major partnership deals, including the “2010 FCB China Tour.”

    Nakamura graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2005 and shortly thereafter joined MLS to become the only Japanese national ever hired by a major professional sports league in the USA. In his role with the league's business and marketing arm, he was responsible for all Asian business and in 2008 successfully launched the Pan-Pacific Championship (PPC). During six years at MLS, Nakamura was the venue and project manager for over 150 international matches, including the Mexican National Team’s U.S. Tour and the record-breaking FC Barcelona U.S. Tour.

    Alfred "Chip" Sloan-Guest Lecturer

    Alfred “Chip” Sloan, a member of Pryor Cashman’s Media & Entertainment, Corporate, Litigation, Labor & Employment and Intellectual Property Groups, represents professional athletes, entertainers, and entertainment and sports companies.

    In the sports arena, Chip has represented athletes playing for numerous professional teams, including the NFL’s Denver Broncos, Cleveland Browns and Tennessee Titans and the MLB’s Los Angeles Dodgers, and Soccer’s FC Barcelona. His practice also encompasses post-career and asset protection planning for professional athletes when they retire. A skilled litigator, Chip has tried right of publicity cases on behalf of his high-profile clients in entertainment and sports to protect their images and likenesses. On the transactional side, he has negotiated numerous brand opportunities in the U.S., Europe, and Latin America. He regularly drafts and negotiates international business and athlete agreements. Chip is a certified agent for the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) and a National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) certified contract advisor. Known for his negotiation skills, he also provides counsel in arbitration and grievance proceedings. Professional athletes turn to Chip for insights and advice on highly publicized topics such as athlete health and safety.

    Benoit Pasquier-Guest Lecturer

    Benoit Pasquier received his undergraduate law degree from the University of Fribourg, Switzerland and also studied at the University of Southampton, United Kingdom, as part of the Erasmus student exchange program.

    Before starting his career in sports law, Benoit Pasquier worked as a legal counsel for the Swiss global financial services company UBS AG in Zurich. And in 2010 he received his Masters Degree in International Sports Law from the Instituto Superior de Derecho y Economia (ISDE) in Madrid, Spain in order to fully concentrate on a career in international sports. He then joined the law firm Bicharra & Motta in Rio de Janieiro, Brazil that specializes in sports law, where he was able to focus on the drafting of football transfer agreements, legal consultation in disciplinary and doping issues and in dispute resolution and arbitration particularly before the Court of Arbitration for Sports in Lausanne, Switzerland.

    In 2011 Benoit returned to Switzerland to join the Legal Affaits department of the governing body of football, FIFA in Zurich. He was appointed Deputy Secretary to the FIFA Disciplinary Committee and Ethics Committee where he was tasked with management of disciplinary and ethics cases emanating from football associations. He was also assigned with on-site management of disciplinary and doping cases during international FIFA tournaments.

    Benoit became the Director of Legal Affairs of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), based in Kuala Lumpur in October 2013, where he oversees an in-house team of lawyers providing legal counsel and support to the organisation in commercial and corporate law as well as disciplinary and regulatory matters in addition to doping and good governance encompassing its 47 member associations.

    In October 2015 Benoit was appointed General Counsel & Director of Legal Affairs of the AFC.

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