August 2015

Fantasy Sports and Youth Sports Coaching Issues to be Addressed at Sept. 10 Sports Law and Ethics Symposium at Santa Clara University

Speakers include Super Bowl 50 Host Committee CEO Keith Bruce and journalists Tom Farrey and William C. Rhoden

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 26, 2015  --- The sixth annual Sports Law and Ethics Symposium hosted by the Santa Clara University Institute of Sports Law and Ethics will address the intellectual-property and business-law facets of fantasy sports; the need to overhaul youth sports in America; and other timely sports law and ethical issues.

The all-day symposium will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 10 at the University’s Locatelli Activity Center, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, Calif. The keynote speaker will be Keith Bruce, CEO of the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee, which is managing events related to the Super Bowl on Feb. 7 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.

“This year’s symposium will tackle some of the most important legal and ethical issues in youth, college and pro sports today, from the vantage point of some of the most expert practitioners, coaches or counselors in the field,” said Donald Polden, chair of ISLE and professor and former dean of Santa Clara University School of Law.

Additional speakers and topics will be:

Lunch speaker Tom Farrey, ESPN journalist, author, and executive director of the Aspen Institute Sports & Society Program
Lunch speaker William C. Rhoden, New York Times columnist
Afternoon Ethics in Sports session: Jack Bowen, author, educator and chair of the National Coaches Council for the Positive Coaching Alliance

Coaching in Youth Sports session
Jim Thompson, CEO, Positive Coaching Alliance (moderator)
Jay Coakley, professor, University of Colorado Department of Sociology
Lori Gano-Overway, associate professor, Bridgewater College
Jerry Smith, head coach, Santa Clara University women’s soccer, and director of Jerry Smith Coaching for Life Academy

Fantasy Sports session
Donald J. Polden, dean emeritus and professor of law, Santa Clara University (moderator)
Shawn Klein, founder of and instructor, Arizona State University
Keith C. Miller, Ellis & Nelle Levitt Distinguished Professor of Law, Drake University
Michael Rubin, Esq., Altshuler Berzon LLP, San Francisco
Seth Young, Chief Operating Officer, Star Fantasy Leagues

Hot Topics in Sports Law and Ethics session
Marisa Brutoco, director of legal and business affairs, GoPro Entertainment (moderator)
Derek Belch, CEO and founder, StriVR Technologies, and former assistant football coach, Stanford
Woodie Dixon, general counsel & senior VP of business affairs, Pac-12 Conference
Adonal Foyle, community relations ambassador, Golden State Warriors, and former NBA Player

A link to the full event agenda is at Registration is $150 per person, free for students with a valid student ID.

Media are invited to attend. To request media credentials, please email Deborah Lohse, SCU Media Relations, at by Monday, Sept. 7.

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 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 toward 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

Media Contact
Deborah Lohse | SCU Media Relations | | 408-554-5121

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