Inaugural Sports Law Symposium Draws Diverse Crowd
The University of Florida Entertainment and Sports Law Society’s inaugural Sports Law Symposium, “From the Locker Room to the Board Room,” drew a diverse crowd Friday, Feb. 8, to UF’s Reitz Union Auditorium for a series of discussions involving players, coaches, agents and executives.
The focus for this first-ever symposium, held in conjunction with the Law College Council, the Sports and Entertainment Business Society and the Undergraduate Sports Management Club, was to take a 360-degree look at each aspect of the world of sports. Marc Isenberg (pictured above with student), author of Money Players: A Guide to Success in Sports, Business & Life for the Current and Future Pro Athletes, served as the morning keynote speaker and moderated the panel of student-athletes.
During the afternoon, former vice president of the New Orleans Saints and current city councilman of New Orleans, Arnie Fieklow spoke on the different aspects of management in professional sports while also moderating the panel with executives. Panelists included Jai Lucas, UF Men’s Basketball player; Travis McGriff, former UF and NFL player and currently a member of Team Florida’s All American Football League; Shane Mathews, head coach of the AAFL who played in the NFL for 14 years; Paul Vance, senior vice president of the Jacksonville Jaguars; and Glenn Schwartzman, CEO of Alliance Sports Management and agent for several professional athletes. Many participants emphasized the importance of maintaining relationships in this businesses, while every professional athlete recognized the importance of player-agent relationships.
“The transition from college ball to pro-ball forces you to quickly realize it is a business and you are an investment as a player,” said Darren O’Day, former UF baseball star now playing in the minor leagues for the Anaheim Angels. “We hope that we’ve laid the groundwork for something important here at the University of Florida,” said Scott Ehrlich, president of EASLS. “Next year, we would like to get even more student body involvement. We hope that the University of Florida Sports Symposium will become as synonymous with Florida sports as winning national championships.”