August 2014

New NCAA Rules, Sports Bullying, O’Bannon Decision, and the Risk of Match-Fixing to Be Addressed at Sept. 11 Sports Law and Ethics Symposium at Santa Clara University

Speakers Include 49ers President Paraag Marathe and US Anti-Doping Agency CEO Travis Tygart.
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 18, 2014 — The fifth annual Sports Law and Ethics Symposium hosted by the Santa Clara University Institute of Sports Law and Ethics will cover trending issues like changes in the NCAA, bullying, match-fixing, steroid use, and the opening of the new San Francisco 49ers stadium.
The event will be held at Benson Memorial Center on SCU’s campus Sept. 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
This year’s Symposium will feature top speakers from around the Bay Area and the nation, from morning keynote speaker and San Francisco 49ers President Paraag Marathe to featured lunchtime speaker, Travis Tygart, the CEO of the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).
Among the topics to be discussed during the Symposium:
The Brave New World of College Athletics: ESPN correspondent Tom Farrey will moderate a panel on the brave new world of college athletics, joined by five panelists: Ilan Ben-Hanan, ESPN vice president for programming and acquisitions; Marisa Brutoco, Google and YouTube corporate counsel; Missy Conboy, Notre Dame senior deputy athletic director; Bernard Muir, Stanford athletic director; and Jamie Zaninovich, Pac-12 deputy commissioner and COO. The subjects will include the new rules for the biggest athletic conferences, the rise of conference networks and digital distribution, and the Bowl Championship Series (BCS).
Bullying and a Culture of Performance: Positive Coaching Alliance CEO and founder Jim Thompson will lead a discussion on “Bullying and a Culture of Performance,” featuring Dr. Gary Namie, founder of the Workplace Bullying Institute and expert witness in the Jonathan Martin bullying case; Dr. William Pollack, Harvard Medical School associate clinical professor and author of Real Boys: Rescuing our Sons from the Myths of Boyhood; and Brandi Chastain, Olympic gold medal winner and member of World Cup champion U.S. soccer team. The causes, effects, and remedies for bullying will be considered and the impact of bullying on team or organizational culture will be addressed as well as positive initiation alternatives for building high performance teams.
Match-fixing – The New Danger to U.S. Sports: San Jose Sports Authority Executive Director Patricia Ernstrom will interview Dr. Declan Hill, an investigative journalist, author and academic who has been featured on the front page in the New York Times on the dangers of match-fixing coming to U.S. sports. Also discussed will be the extensive issues raised internationally by match-fixing, particularly in soccer.
Trending Topics: The symposium will also explore current events with a panel including: Hannah Gordon, San Francisco 49ers legal affairs director; Ryan Nece, former NFL player, Fox Sports analyst, and StraightCast Media founder; William Gould IV, Stanford Law School professor and former NLRB chairman; Patrick Dunkley, Stanford senior university counsel and deputy director of athletics; and Rich Brand, sports practice group chair at Arent Fox. The panel will ensure that even topics arising shortly before the Symposium will be covered.
More information including registration instructions can be found at Registration is $175 per person, free for students with a valid student ID.
Media are invited to attend. To request media credentials, please email Deborah Lohse at by Monday, Sept. 8.
About The Santa Clara University Institute for Sports Law and Ethics 
The Santa Clara University Institute for Sports Law and Ethics (ISLE) was founded by Santa Clara University School of Law, the SCU Department of Athletics and Recreation, and the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics. Its 32-member board includes distinguished athletes and sports executives. ISLE’s signature event is the annual Sports Law and Ethics Symposium. Each spring, ISLE grants its ETHOS Award for Ethics in Sport to an individual, group, or organization that has contributed to the ethics of sport and its positive role in American society. ISLE’s mission is to reflect Santa Clara University’s commitment to a rigorous intellectual inquiry in the field of sports, with a view towards fostering competence, conscience, and compassion in that area of endeavor.
About Santa Clara University
Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located 40 miles south of San Francisco in California’s Silicon Valley, offers its more than 8,800 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, theology, and engineering, plus master’s and law degrees and engineering Ph.D.s. Distinguished nationally by one of the highest graduation rates among all U.S. master’s universities, California’s oldest operating higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice. For more information, see
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