Sports and Law Symposium to Tackle NBA Lockout and Sports Betting

CAMDEN — 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. in Law School room E403.

The event is free and open to the public.

The first session, “The Resolution and Consequences of the NBA Lockout,” brings together a wide variety of panelists who will provide different perspectives on the 2011 NBA lockout and collective bargaining agreement. The 161-day lockout, the fourth in the league’s history, shortened the NBA season from 82 games to 66 games and centered on issues like the division of revenue and the structure of the league salary cap and luxury tax.

Legal topics of discussion will include labor law, antitrust, decertifying the player’s union, and changes in the new collective bargaining agreement.

Confirmed panelists include Tim Legler, an ESPN analyst and former NBA player, and Stephen Pina, a licensed attorney and certified NBA agent. An associate counsel for the National Basketball Players Association will also participate.

The second session, “The Legal Issues behind New Jersey’s Push to Allow Sports Betting,” will focus on the recent lawsuit filed by the NCAA and four major professional sports leagues against New Jersey seeking to enjoin the state from operating sports betting at casinos and racetracks.

Legal topics of discussion will include the constitutionality of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), the ways in which New Jersey plans to operate sports gambling, arguments for and against this new wagering opportunity, and New Jersey's previous efforts to allow sports betting.

Confirmed panelists for this session include Sen. Raymond J. Lesniak, the prime sponsor of the legislation legalizing sports wagering in New Jersey; Joseph Asher, the CEO of William Hill, a leading betting and gaming company; Tom Auriemma, former chief compliance officer and vice president of Penn National Gaming, Inc. and a former New Jersey casino regulator; and Stephen D. Schrier, an adjunct professor of law at Rutgers–Camden, past chair of the NJSBA Casino Law Section, and head of the gaming practice at Blank Rome LLP.

The Sports and Entertainment Law Society at Rutgers–Camden creates a greater knowledge of the sports and entertainment industries, sports and entertainment law, and related areas amongst its membership and the larger Rutgers–Camden law community.

For more information, contact Chris Gulla at (609) 313-4198 or email SELS.RutgersU@gmail.com.

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