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Jones Day lawyers lead sports law course at University of Miami

February 2019

Current legal issues facing college sports were the focus of "Intercollegiate Athletics: Law, Policy and Regulatory Landscape," a course held at the University of Miami School of Law in Coral Gables, Florida. Jones Day lawyer and former University of Miami ("Miami") assistant general counsel Marc Weinroth taught the class, along with Miami adjunct professor of sports law Michael Kelly, and former Jones Day partner and Miami visiting professor Peter Carfagna.

The one-week curriculum covered antitrust and labor law challenges to the NCAA’s amateurism model, including the student-athlete movement towards unionization, pay-for-play, and commercialization of name, image and likeness rights. Additional areas of focus included health and safety issues - including concussion-related litigation pending in federal and state courts, and NCAA compliance, enforcement, and eligibility issues.

"We see this as an excellent opportunity to show students how established legal principles apply to topical, current issues facing the intercollegiate sports industry," said Mr. Weinroth, who previously taught a semester-long course in sports law and managed the Miami athletic department's day-to-day legal portfolio. "Sports law is constantly making headlines and the students appreciate the opportunity to learn from practicing attorneys who are so prominently involved in these matters."

In addition to Messrs. Weinroth, Kelly, and Carfagna, Jones Day guest attorneys with practical experience in intercollegiate athletics litigation and investigations guided class discussions. Matt Kairis, Partner-in-Charge of Jones Day’s Texas Region, led a discussion on concussion litigation; Brian Sun, Partner-in-Charge of Jones Day’s Los Angeles Office, delivered insight on NCAA enforcement proceedings and internal investigations; and Larry DiNardo, former Jones Day Labor & Employment partner and consensus first-team All-American (1970 - AP and UPI) Notre Dame football player, coordinated a group conversation on student-athlete unionization efforts.

Students enrolled in the class authored papers on the course topics and participated in oral arguments delivered to a moot court, with the objective of constructing rationale and arguments pertaining to issues of critical importance to college athletics.

Jones Day's sports law representations have called on the experience of dozens of Firm lawyers from numerous practice areas and have crossed into wide-ranging industry sectors and geographically diverse jurisdictions. Broadly speaking, the Firm's lawyers have advised on sports-related matters involving litigation, mergers, acquisitions and private equity, business restructuring, banking and finance, stadium and arena development, antitrust, labor and employment, intellectual property, media rights, various investigations, and tax law.

Jones Day is a global law firm with more than 2,500 lawyers in 43 offices across five continents. The Firm is distinguished by: a singular tradition of client service; the mutual commitment to, and the seamless collaboration of, a true partnership; formidable legal talent across multiple disciplines and jurisdictions; and shared professional values that focus on client needs.

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