Sports Law & Entrepreneurship Conference

Navigating the Union of Sports, Business, and the Law

September 15, 2016

The global sports industry is a market in which individuals, businesses, and organizations produce, promote, or organize any activity or business focused on sports. The exponential growth of the sports industry in recent years has created new legal issues that affect the viability of many sports businesses and brands. The GW Center for Law, Economics, and Finance is holding its first Sports Law & Entrepreneurship Conference to bring together industry leaders, academic experts, government regulators, and legal scholars to discuss the future of the sports industry and what it means for the law.


This event is co-sponsored by the Syracuse University David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics and the George Washington University Falk Academy of Management and Entrepreneurship (FAME).


Media interested in attending should contact Kara Tershel at 202.994.0616 or [email protected].


9 - 9:10 am: Welcome Remarks

  • Dr. Neil Ruiz, Executive Director, Center for Law, Economics and Finance

9:10 - 9:25 am: Dean’s Welcome

  • Blake D. Morant, Dean and Robert Kramer Research Professor of Law, GW Law

9:25 - 9:45 am: Sponsor Message

  • Michael D. Veley, Director and Chair, Department of Sport Management, David B. Falk College of Sport & Human Dynamics

9:45 - 10:45 am: Keynote Address

  • William Poster, former President of General Dynamics-CSCC and Founder, Chairman, and CEO of multiple companies spanning five continents

10:45 am - Noon: Panel 1 – The Key to Creating A Successful Brand: The Relationship Between Intellectual Property Law and Sports


  • Michael D. Hausfeld, Chairman, Hausfeld


  • Lonnie Cooper, President and CEO, CSE Agency
  • Michael Duda, Founder and Managing Partner, Bullish Inc.
  • Jeff Moorad, former CEO and minority owner of Arizona Diamondbacks and San Diego Padres

12:45 - 2 pm: Panel 2 – Sports Management 101: Breaking Into the Sports Business World


  • David Falk, Founder and CEO, Falk Associates Management Enterprises


  • Danielle Cantor, Partner and Executive Vice President, Falk Associates Management Enterprises
  • Lonnie Cooper, President and CEO, CSE Agency
  • David Mincberg, Director of Scouting, The Memphis Grizzlies
  • Sandy Montag, President and CEO, The Montag Group

2 - 3:15 pm: Panel 3 – The Future of Gambling in Professional Sports


  • A.J. Perez, Sports Reporter, USA Today


  • Sara Rayme, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs, American Gaming Association
  • Ian Peacock, Co-Founder and CEO, Bait
  • Dr. John Wolohan, Professor of Sports Management, Syracuse University
  • Jeff Ifrah, Founding Member, Ifrah Law

3:15 - 4:30 pm: Panel 4 – Sports Analytics and Marketing


  • Dennis Deninger, Professor of Practice, Syracuse University


  • Dr. Rodney Paul, Professor of Sport Management, Syracuse University
  • Ben Alamar, Director, ESPN Sports Analytics
  • Don Carson, President & CEO, FanPaaS
  • Dr. Shane Sanders, Associate Professor of Sports Analytics, Syracuse University

4:30 - 5:45 pm: Panel 5 – New Technologies


  • Rick Burton, David Falk Professor of Sport Management, Syracuse University


  • Jeff Rubin, CEO, Sidearm Sports
  • Dr. Joey Gawrysiak, Assistant Professor of Sport Management, Shenandoah University
  • Dennis Deninger, Professor of Practice, Syracuse University
  • Dr. Brendan Dwyer, Director of Research and Distance Learning, Center for Sport Leadership, Virginia Commonwealth University

5:45 - 5:50 pm: Closing Remarks

  • Dr. Neil Ruiz, Center for Law, Economics and Finance


GW Law, long recognized as one of the top law schools in the country, pursues a distinctive research and learning mission that engages the leading law and policy questions of our time and provides students with an education that will position them to help change the world. Accredited by the American Bar Association and a charter member of the Association of American Law Schools, the law school was founded in 1865 and was the first law school in the District of Columbia.

The GW Center for Law, Economics and Finance brings together diverse perspectives from the academic community, Main Street, Wall Street, and Washington to address important issues affecting the economy and financial markets.

Media Contact

Kara Tershel
[email protected]



Friday, September 23, 2016
8 am—5:50 pm



Jack Morton Auditorium
805 21st Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052