2017 CONFERENCE SCHEDULE*

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Thursday, April 13th - Booth Auditorium

Voice of the People: Athletes, Race, and Activism in Our Changing Times
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

  • Surprise Guest, Leading NFL Player
  • Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, NBA Veteran, Social Activist
  • Layshia Clarendon ('13), WNBA Player for the Atlanta Dream
  • Professor Albert Bimper, Senior Associate Athletic Director for Diversity & Inclusion, Indianapolis Colts Veteran
  • Moderator Dr. Na'ilah Nasir, Vice Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion at UC Berkeley

Friday, April 14th - University Club

Welcome and Continental Breakfast
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Opening Keynote Address: Athlete Representation
9:15 AM - 10:00 AM

  • David Falk, Sports Agent and Former Representative of Michael Jordan

Panel 1: Leadership Roundtable - Sports as a Business
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

The sports industry is made up of much more than teams and leagues. There exists a vast industry of businesses that work with the teams and leagues to make professional sports the world-class spectacle that it is. On this panel, we will hear from leaders in various different facets of the sports world about their careers, their roles, and the businesses they work for.

  • Woodie Dixon, General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Business Affairs, Pac-12 Conference
  • Brett Hirsch, Legal Counsel, Go-Pro
  • Carlos Kuri, Vice President and General Counsel, Red Bull North America, Inc. 
  • Brian Nelson, General Counsel, Los Angeles 2024 Olympics Bid
  • Moderator Richard Brand, Managing Partner, Chair of Sports Law Practice, Arent Fox

Panel 2: Leadership Roundtable - Bay Area Teams
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

The Bay Area is home to some of the country's oldest and most renowned sports franchises. On this panel we will hear from members from the legal departments of the Warriors, Giants, and A's about their experiences and roles with some of the Bay Area's most recognizable businesses.

  • Paul Fenstermaker, Assistant General Counsel, Golden State Warriors
  • Amy Tovar, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, San Francisco Giants
  • Ryan Horning, Assistant General Counsel, Oakland Athletics
  • Moderator Miles Cooley ('99), Partner Kelley Drye

Lunchtime Panel 3: Sports & Labor
12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Labor unions have, for a long time, empowered American athletes by fighting for free agency, higher wages, medical care, retirement funds, and other benefits. However, the relationship between professional sports unions and teams and leagues is constantly changing, with new collective bargaining agreements in the NBA and MLB, and with the NFL soon to renegotiate its contract. On this panel, we will hear from those at the forefront of the professional sports unions about the state of sports labor today.

  • Charles Grantham, Director of Center for Sport Management at Seton Hall University, Former Executive Director of NBPA
  • Dave Prouty, General Counsel, Major League Baseball Players Association
  • Michael Rubin, Partner, Altshuler Berzon
  • Moderator Professor Derek Van Rheenen, UC Berkeley Director of Cultural Studies of Sport in Education, MLS Veteran

Panel 4: Running a Professional Team
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Like any business, professional sports franchises have employees working in varied roles to ensure that the business runs efficiently and effectively. On this panel, we will hear from executives in each of the three key units of a sports franchise: business operations, legal, and team operations. These executives will discuss how each different unit of the business does its own job while simultaneously coordinating with each of the other units to make the team go.

  • David Mincberg ('11), Director of Scouting, Memphis Grizzlies
  • Paraag Marathe ('99), Chief Strategy Officer and Executive VP of Football Operations, San Francisco 49ers
  • Brandon Harrell, Legal Counsel, Seattle Seahawks
  • Brian Andrés Helmick, CEO, San Francisco Deltas
  • Moderator Jenny Simon-O'Neill, Senior Woman Administrator, Cal Athletics

Closing Keynote: Sports, Technology, and Venture Capital**
3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

Today, more athletes than ever are moving from being endorsers to investors. No longer content with parking their money with business managers or investing in real-estate, restaurants, or securities, the modern athlete is taking their financial future into their own hands and embracing Silicon Valley. As high-tech becomes a larger part of the American economy, Athletes will need the skills and wherewithal to transition from being consumers into venture capitalists. On this panel we will hear from a leading athlete and venture capitalists who are working to make this shift a reality.

  • Introduction: Dean Melissa Murray, Berkeley Law School
  • Andre Iguodala, NBA Player for the Golden State Warriors, Sports & Tech Investor, Player Activist
  • Rudy Cline-Thomas, Founder and Managing Partner, The Good Counsel Agency
  • Moderator Christine Tsai ('02), Co-Founder, 500 Startups

VIP Reception, Chancellor's Box, California Memorial Stadium 
4:15 PM - 5:00 PM

 

*Schedule subject to change

**Panel confirmed, subject to cancellation for playoff commitments