Resisting the Recession: Growth Opportunities for Sports in an Economic Downturn

 Friday, March 13, 2009


KEYNOTE – Andrew Zimbalist: The BCS, Antitrust and Public Policy

Andrew Zimbalist is a Professor of Economics at Smith College.  He received his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1969 and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1972 and 1974 respectively.  He has been in the Economics Department at Smith College since 1974.  He has consulted in Latin America for the United Nations Development Program, the U.S. Agency for International Development and numerous companies, and he has consulted in the sports industry for players’ associations, cities, companies and leagues.

He has published several dozen articles and fourteen books, including:  Comparing Economic Systems (1989), The Cuban Economy:  Measurement and Analysis of Socialist Performance (1989), Panama at the Crossroads (1991), Baseball and Billions (1992), Sports, Jobs and Taxes (1997), Unpaid Professionals:  Commercialism and Conflict in Big-time College Sports (1999), The Economics of Sport, I & II (2001), and May the Best Team Win: Baseball Economics and Public Policy (2003), In the Best Interests of Baseball? The Revolutionary Reign of Bud Selig (2006); The Bottom Line: Observations and Arguments on the Sports Business (2006); and, Equal Play: Title IX and Social Change (2007).

PANEL #1 – New Media

Rick Karcher (moderator), Associate Professor, Center for Law and Sports, Florida Coastal School of Law
Frank Hawkins, Partner, Scalar Media
Neal Kaplan, Senior Counsel, New York Mets
Mike Mellis, Senior VP & General Counsel, MLB Advanced Media
Bryan Perez, Senior VP and General Manager, NBA Digital
Mike Zarren, Assistant Executive Director of Basketball Operations/Associate Counsel, Boston Celtics

PANEL #2 – New Markets

Michael McCann (moderator), Associate Professor of Law, Vermont Law School; Legal Analyst and Columnist,; Co-Founder, Harvard Law School Project on Law and Mind Sciences
Rob Friedrich, VP and Assistant General Counsel, NBA
Eric Nyquist, Managing Director of Business Development, NASCAR
Jon Oram, Partner, Proskauer Rose LLP
Jim Renacci, Partner, Managing Board Member, and General Manager, Columbus Destroyers, Arena Football League

PANEL #3 – New Stadiums

Peter Carfagna (moderator), Partner, Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP; Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School
Marc Edelman, Visiting Assistant Professor, Rutgers School of Law
Derek Jackson, Vice President & General Counsel, Florida Marlins
Damon Jones, Vice President & General Counsel, Washington Nationals
Andy Lee, Principal, ALL Counsel & Consulting; former General Counsel, New York Jets
Mike Lufrano, Senior Vice President, Community Affairs & General Counsel, Chicago Cubs
Allan G. Mutchnik, Partner, Skadden, Arps