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January 28, 2009

Sports Business and the Law Conference Examines the Business of Professional Sports

Nearly 100 individuals packed into the conference room at the University of Oregon White Stag Building in Portland on Friday, January 23, to hear from top-ranking sports-industry professionals at Oregon Law’s first Sports Business and the Law Conference.

The conference featured several panel discussions that examined both the legal and business components of the sports industry. Guest panelists and speakers at the event included: Larry Miller, president of the Portland Trail Blazers; Cara Frey of the Professional Bowlers Association; Sonya Abraham of Sport Management Worldwide; and representatives from Nike, adidas, and Columbia Sportswear, among others.

Third-year student and conference organizer Jumane Redway noted that while each panel was engaging, the “Sports Business In-House Counsel” and “Agents, Contracts, and Negotiation” panels were of particular interest to students and participants curious about careers in legal area of the sports industry.

“The in-house counsel panel really gave people a taste and feel for what it is like working for a sports company,” Redway said. “The panel on agents was very interesting because when people hear about working in the sports industry, agents are the first thing that comes to mind.”

Conference participants weren’t the only ones pleased with the day’s events. Redway said numerous panelists also found the conference beneficial.

“Many of the panelists came up to me afterward saying that they were thankful for the chance to participate and that they found the conference to be very worthwhile and a great opportunity for networking.”

Overall, Redway said he was pleased to see the conference bring attention to Oregon Law, the University of Oregon, and the student-run Sports Entertainment and Law Forum.

“This is something that I definitely think will continue each year. We’ve laid the foundation for a great event that will only get better in the future.”

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