WVU College Of Law To Hold Sports Symposium In October

By Off The BASN Sports Wire
Updated: September 14, 2007

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The West Virginia University College of Law, together with the West Virginia University Sports and Entertainment Law Society, the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, the Office of the President of West Virginia University, Petropolis & Associates, Inc. and the WVU School of Physical Education, are proud to present a sports symposium entitled “Reversing Field: Examining Issues of Commercialization, Labor, and Race in 21st Century Sports Law.”

The two-day symposium will be held in the Lugar Courtroom at the Law Center on the campus of West Virginia University on Thursday, October 4th and Friday, October 5th.

“This conference will assemble one of the most accomplished and diverse groups of academics, practitioners and thinkers ever gathered to debate these cutting edge issues of critical importance”, states Symposium Chairperson and Associate Professor of Law Andre Douglas Pond Cummings.

According to Professor Cummings, “More than 30 distinguished panelists from across the nation will converge in Morgantown to discuss and grapple with legal issues currently affecting collegiate and professional athletics,” including the commercialization of the college athlete, race and issues of equality, continuing gender equity difficulties, economic weapons employed by owners and athletes and the utility of mandatory drug testing in college and professional sports.

The symposium features keynote addresses by Dr. Bernard Franklin , NCAA Senior Vice President of Governance, Membership, Education and Research Services on Thursday morning, October 4 at 9:30 a.m.; and by William B. Gould IV , Professor of Law, Stanford Law School on Friday afternoon, October 5 at 12:15 p.m.

Reversing Field is free and open to the general public.

Those interested in attending can register online at www.law.wvu.edu/reversingfield /register and can additionally purchase lunch for either day of the event and a special dinner gala with a keynote address by Kenneth Shropshire, author of Being Sugar Ray to be held on Thursday, October 4 at 6 p.m. in the Touchdown Terrace of Milan Puskar Stadium at West Virginia University.

Mr. Shropshire is the David W. Hauck Professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and the Director of the school’s Sports Business Initiative. In support of the conference the George R. Farmer, Jr. Law Library at the College of Law is sponsoring a special program focusing on the author and his current work Being Sugar Ray: The Life of Sugar Ray Robinson, America’s Greatest Boxer and First Celebrity Athlete, a fascinating look at Sugar Ray Robinson, America’s original celebrity sportsman.

One of the most respected athletes of the 20th century, Robinson blazed a trail for every athlete who followed him, and changed the way segregation-era America regarded race. Shropshire’s previous books include The Business of Sports and In Black and White: Race and Sports in America.

For more about the conference, panel program and participants, directions and accommodation information, or to register and purchase tickets for either of the lunch sessions or the Thursday evening gala, please visit : www.law.wvu.edu/reversingfield.

NOTE: To review the complete slate of topics, please visit www.law.wvu.edu/reversingfield /program.html .