ASU Sports and Entertainment Law logoWay back in junior high school, I read an autobiography that had quite an effect, at least on my newspaper reading habit.

The writer was George Washington Carver, and he was the first to suggest to me (and his many other readers) that I should read every single portion of a newspaper. Front page, business stories, features, sports—all of it. For the person who is cognizant of all those topics, plus more, is the one who is truly conversant in his world. Mind you, one need not be entranced by all things equally; but a working knowledge of all topics can help one on the path to a true education.

I invite you into my way-back machine opening because some of an upcoming conference that some of you may skip over. This Friday and Saturday, October 26 and 27, the third annual conference on sports and entertainment law will be held at ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. And in case I and Mr. Carver were not clear enough: The conference is not just for sports lovers.

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I’ve written before about this great conference, sponsored by the Sports and Entertainment Law Journal. And if you look at the topics and panelists on deck, you’ll see that the organizers plan to cover many significant aspects of our current world You can read the complete lineup here, but here is a list a of the topics:

  • Amateurism
  • Sports and entertainment business
  • Collective bargaining agreements
  • Concussions and sports litigation
  • Entertainment and the right of publicity
  • Gambling and gaming
  • Other current topics: Lance Armstrong (who was just stripped of his Tour de France titles), Penn State/Sandusky

And who knows: You may even convince the panelists to chat about replacement referees.

But wait; there’s more: Kicking off Saturday’s stellar event is another worthwhile speaker opportunity. On Wednesday, October 24, the Sports and Entertainment Law Students Association will host “A Conversation with Steve Patterson.” Patterson is the ASU Vice president for University Athletics and the Athletic Director. Also speaking will be Myles V. Lynk, professor of law and ASU’s former NCAA and Pac-12 Conference Faculty Athletics Representative. The two men will discuss various issues, including:

“changes in NCAA and Pac-12 governance; fallout from the events at Penn State; the evolution of the BCS and college football national championships; and the challenges and opportunities for ASU and its student-athletes who compete in over twenty NCAA Division I sports programs.”

The Wednesday event will be Room 105 at the Law School, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.

Here’s wishing the law students another successful conference.

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