As we all know, the world has been devastated by the global pandemic. In addition to the catastrophic loss of life, it has prevented so many from experiencing milestone events in their lives or the lives of their friends and family—graduations, weddings, funerals, the birth of a child, and so many other important events. While the physical distancing has been challenging for all of us, it has also highlighted the importance of community in our lives. I am so grateful to be a part of the Tulane Sports Law community and I am so proud to see how our students, alumni, and friends of the program have supported each other during these difficult times. Despite the challenges, the Tulane Sports Law Program had an incredibly active and productive year, and we are looking forward to taking the program to new heights in the coming years.
This newsletter is an opportunity to continue the effort to strengthen our Tulane Sports Law Community by providing regular updates on programming and events as well as highlighting the accomplishments of our student, alumni, and faculty. In the past year, we hosted our annual International Baseball Arbitration, Professional Football Negotiation, and Professional Basketball Negotiation competitions. Our students did an incredible job of transitioning these events online and we had a record turnout in terms of student and industry lawyer and executive participation. We also held (virtually) our 4th Annual Women in Sports Law Symposium, our Third Annual Entertainment and Sports Conference, and hosted a wide-ranging series of speakers throughout the year. We re-launched our sports law mentorship program, which matches Tulane sports law students with mentors in the sports industry, enhanced our internship programs, expanded our partnership with the Major League Baseball Youth Academy to offer a sports law class to high school students in New Orleans and Compton, continued publishing The Sports Lawyers Journal, Sports Law Monthly, and Sports Law Weekly, and brought in a Tulane Law alumnus, Eric Blevins, to serve as the first Sports Law Program Manager. We also celebrated the accomplishments of so many of our alumni as they landed new jobs in the sports.
Thank you all for your part in making this such a great community and for enhancing Tulane’s status as the premier destination for the study of sports law in the world. Be well, be safe, and I hope to see you all in person soon.
Sher Garner Professor of Sports Law and Paul and Abram B. Barron Professor of Law
Associate Provost, NCAA Compliance and Director, Sports Law Program