Posted: April 16, 2003 — 12:30 p.m.

Harvard Law School’s Committee on Sports and Entertainment Law will host its annual sports law conference on Friday, April 18. The first panel discussion will focus on the role of amateurism in sports today. The second panel will honor some of Harvard’s past students who have gained success in the sports world. The conference will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Vorenberg Classroom; it is free and open to the public.

“We are very excited about this year’s conference,” said Michael Krasnovsky, a third-year law student at Harvard and the president of the Committee on Sports and Entertainment Law. “We have put together two very interesting panels that promise to make this our most successful sports law conference ever.”

Panelists for the first discussion, “Does Amateurism Have a Place in Big-Time Sports?” will include Russ Granik, NBA Deputy Commissioner; former NBA star Spencer Haywood, the first “early entrant” in professional sports; ESPN’s Jay Bilas, a former player and coach at Duke University; ESPN’s Len Elmore, a former NBA player and University of Maryland basketball All-American; and Elsa Cole, NCAA General Counsel. The panel will be moderated by Bob Ryan of the Boston Globe and ESPN.

The second panel, “HLS Alumni in Sports: Celebrating 20 Years of CSEL,” will feature Dick Moss, baseball player agent and former general counsel of the Major League Baseball Players Association; Rick Horrow, CEO of Horrow Sports Ventures and an expert on stadium financing; Drew Mahalic, CEO of the Oregon Sports Authority and an NFL veteran; Len Elmore; and Jeff Pash, NFL executive vice president.

The Committee on Sports and Entertainment Law is a student-run organization that sponsors events and symposium on sports and entertainment law. CSEL’s faculty advisor is Professor Paul Weiler, the author of numerous books on sports and entertainment law.

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