March 15, 2016
Miami Dolphins Executive Vice President of Football Operations Mike Tannenbaum (L ’95, right) hired Kyle Wallace (L/MBA ’15) after an internship. Tannenbaum and WWE Executive Vice President Tandy O’Donoghue (L ’97) are set to speak at Tulane Law March 17.
Photo by Jonathan Willey/Miami Dolphins
The Tulane Sports Law Program’s success in channeling graduates into roles in the industry recently scored a report by Fox 8 News in New Orleans that featured Professor Gabe Feldman, the program director, and sports agents Ari Nissim (L ’04) & Martin Fischman (L ’09).
(Watch the report.)
The breadth of the program’s reach will be on display March 17, when a pair of high-level professional sports executives share insights with students: Mike Tannenbaum (L ’95), the Miami Dolphins’ executive vice president of football operations, and Tandy O’Donoghue (L ’97), executive vice president of strategy and analytics at WWE.
The presentation, sponsored by the Tulane Sports Law Society, is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in Room 357 of Weinmann Hall, 6329 Freret St.
Tannenbaum is among alumni who’ve been instrumental in developing an expanding network of internships that give Tulane Law students an edge in moving into jobs in a highly competitive industry when they graduate.
He joined the New York Jets after law school, rose to general manager in 2006-12, helped lead the team to AFC Championship games in 2009 and 2010 and then spent a couple of years with the agency Priority Sports before returning to the NFL in early 2015.
A Jets jersey that Tannenbaum donated is displayed in Weinmann Hall’s main corridor, alongside a Los Angeles Kings hockey jersey presented by Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi (L ’85).
O’Donoghue was appointed in 2014 to oversee WWE’s corporate strategy, business development and data analytics. She previously was a senior vice president responsible for managing WWE’s pay-per-view business and developing plans for WWE Network.
She started her career at Proskauer Rose’s litigation department, working with clients in the sports industry, including Major League Soccer, the National Hockey League, the National Basketball Association and the Association of Tennis Professionals World Tour. She later handled legal work for the United States Tennis Association and the Women’s Tennis Association Tour.
Tulane was the first law school in the United States to offer a certificate in sports law. Feldman, the program director, has deep ties in the industry and is a sought-after commentator for broadcast and print analysis of legal controversies in pro and college sports. On March 12, he took part in a panel at SXSW Interactive in Austin, discussing the sometimes-contentious relationship between professional athletes and their leagues.