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National media call on Tulane Sports Law Prof. Gabe Feldman for comment

March 05, 2011

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he American Bureau of Circulations (ABC) last year reported The Wall Street Journal (WSJ), USA Today, and The New York Times (NYT) as the top three U.S. newspapers by circulation.  [i]  All three have quoted Tulane Law School Associate Professor and Tulane Sports Law Program Director Gabe Feldman . With the collective bargaining agreements (CBA) of all four major sports leagues (Major League Baseball-MLB, the National Basketball Association-NBA, the National Football League-NFL, and the National Hockey League-NHL) expiring over the next year, Feldman is regularly interviewed and quoted by national media.  He is the on-air legal expert on collective bargaining for the NFL Network, with a recent explanation of the relevance of antitrust law on the NFL Network site.   NPR has also sought Feldman's expertise on the issue of decertification.

The negotiations of each of the individual “Big Four” collective bargaining agreements involve complex financial and legal issues that could have a profound impact on the leagues for decades to come. Accordingly, every major news outlet is trying to understand the legal intricacies behind the CBA negotiations, each of which presents challenging and often unique questions involving the intersection of antitrust and labor law.
  Fortunately for news reporters, Feldman has done his homework and doesn’t mind sharing his analysis with others.

“It is an exciting time to be researching and teaching sports law at Tulane,” says Feldman. “I am grateful to be able to add my insight to the discussion on a national level.”

The Tulane law professor has researched and taught several classes related to labor disputes and collective bargaining agreements in professional sports and recently published an article analyzing the antitrust implications of the American Needle v. NFL case and its impact on sports leagues. He also recently testified at a congressional hearing alongside Roger Goodell (Commissioner of the NFL) and DeMaurice Smith (head of the NFL Players Association) regarding the “StarCaps” Litigation.

“Although antitrust litigation is complex in any industry, sports leagues present unique challenges for antitrust jurisprudence,” explains Feldman, who also serves at Tulane as Associate Provost for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Compliance. “Much of my research focuses on developing a more coherent and predictable mechanism for applying antitrust law to the sports industry.” 

Since joining the faculty of Tulane Law School in 2005, Feldman has quickly become a go-to expert for the national media. In addition to being quoted in all five of the ABC’s most highly circulated U.S. newspapersincluding the Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post the sports law scholar has also been interviewed for stories in Sports Illustrated and on NPR, ESPN, MSNBC, CBS Sports, Fox News, the NFL Network, and ABC Network’s “Good Morning America”.

Many interested parties check the “ SportsLawGuy ’s” Twitter page to stay up-to-date on Feldman's analysis. 


“We are in the midst of a pivotal time for professional sports in this country,” says Feldman.   “As a sports fan, this is a terrible time. As a sports law professor, this is pretty great stuff.” 

gabriel a. feldman
 is a law professor at the Tulane University School of Law and the Director of the Tulane Sports Law Program. Prior to joining the Tulane faculty, Professor Feldman was an associate with the Washington, DC law firm of Williams & Connolly. Prior to that, he served as judicial clerk to the Honorable Susan H. Black of the US Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in Jacksonville, Florida. Professor Feldman represented a variety of sports entities while in the private practice of law, including professional and amateur athletes, players associations, professional teams, and international sports organizations, and still serves as a consultant for a number of clients in the sports industry. He is the co-author of Sports and the Law: Cases and Materials (with M. Cozzillio, M. Dimino, & M. Levinstein) (Second Edition) (Carolina Academic Press 2007) , one of the leading sports law casebooks in the country, is the editor of The Sports Lawyers Journal , and has published articles in a number of law journals. Professor Feldman is also on the Board of Directors of Athletes for Hope, a non-profit organization formed by an elite group of philanthropic professional athletes dedicated to educating, encouraging, and assisting athletes in their efforts to contribute to community and charitable causes.



This story was edited on   March 5, 2011 .


[i]  Source:  Audit Bureau of Circulations (2010)



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