Third Annual Sports Law Symposium
was held on
September 6, 2012
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
What is the Proper Role of Sports in Higher Education?
Presented by the Institute of Sports Law and Ethics
Senior Vice-President Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer, Google (former varsity football player at Santa Clara University)
Former Student-Athlete Speakers
Executive Director/Commissioner Speakers:
OUR DISTINGUISHED PANELISTS:
Santa Clara University Director of Athletics, Dan Coonan; University of the Pacific Vice President of External Relations and Athletics, Ted Leland; Director of Vaccaro Sports Partnerships, Sonny Vaccaro; Sports Economist Andy Schwarz of OSKR; National College Players Association President, Ramogi Huma; Miami Herald Sports Reporter, Linda Robertson; Boise State University General Counsel, Kevin Satterlee; former Deputy LPGA Commissioner, Libba Galloway; Public Relations Executive, Terry Fahn; Consultant, Jonathan Orszag; Sports Journalist, Bomani Jones; Florida Coastal School of Law Dean, Peter Goplerud; Professors Harry Edwards, William Gould, Kevin Greene, Richard Karcher, Lateef Mtima, Jo Potuto, Dan Rascher and Ellen Staurowsky; and practitioners actively involved with ongoing and recent litigation.
ABOUT THE SYMPOSIUM
Issues about college sports are frequently reported on both the sports pages and front pages: payment of athletes, recruiting violations, disciplinary mechanisms, gender equity, eligibility determinations, conference alignments, scholarship amounts, television revenues and the very definition of amateurism. The term “student-athlete” itself has evolved over the years and perhaps raises more questions than it answers. The purpose of this Symposium is to address as many of these issues as possible both inpidually and within the broader context of what is the proper role of sports in higher education, which may differ depending on the type of institution, the type of sport and whether that sport generates more revenues than costs. Panels of experts consisting of those most closely involved with these issues—sports organization officials, athletic directors, student-athletes, journalists who write about sports, attorneys involved in sports cases, professors who teach about sports, sports consultants—will explore these issues in depth before an audience limited to 250 attendees.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
Attendance will be worthwhile for all those affiliated with sports: coaches, administrators, officials, athletes, lawyers, physicians, journalists, agents and executives from teams, leagues and sanctioning organizations. These issues have ramifications across the board.
Early registration: tuition received before July 21, 2012 will be $125, all-inclusive. Tuition received after that date will be $175, all-inclusive. Registration deadline is August 26, 2012. Students registered in an institution of higher education who register for this symposium will be admitted free of charge.
This program qualifies for 5.5 hours of California CLE credits, 1.5 hours of which will qualify for ethics credit. Upon request, we will supply information so that attendees may apply for CLE credits in other states and for other types of credits.
SUBSTITUTION AND CANCELLATION
You may substitute another person at any time before the Symposium. We will refund tuition, less a $25 cancellation fee, if you cancel by noon on September 2, 2012.
Law Seminars International
Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP
Zelle Hofman Voelbel & Mason LLP
2012 Sports Law Symposium Agenda
Welcome: Ron Katz, Chairman, Institute of Sports Law and Ethics, Santa Clara University
Keynote Address: Joe Nocera, Op-Ed Columnist, NY Times
Keynote Address: Wallace Renfro, Vice-President and Chief Policy Advisor, NCAA
Panel Discussion of Keynote Addresses
Moderator: Dan Coonan
Panelists: Harry Edwards, Peter Goplerud, Brent Jones, Ronnie Lott, Amy Perko, Ellen Staurowsky, Jamie Zaninovich
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Financial Issues in College Athletics
A. Paying Student-Athletes for their Services?
Moderator: Andy Schwarz
Panelists: William Gould, Libba Galloway, Bomani Jones, Jonathan Orszag, Dan Rascher
Lunch: Remarks by David Drummond, Senior Vice President Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer, Google (former varsity football player at Santa Clara University)
B. Paying Student-Athletes for their Images?
Moderator: Kevin Greene
Panelists: Rob Carey, Greg Curtner, David Greenspan, Jon King, Dan Mason, Lateef Mtima
Disciplinary Issues in College Athletics
A. Academic Discipline
B. Discipline for Misbehavior
C. Institutional Barriers to Ethical Behavior
Moderator: Ted Leland
Panelists: Terry Fahn, Peter Goplerud, Ramogi Huma, Rick Karcher, Jo Potuto, Linda Robertson, Kevin Satterlee, Sonny Vaccaro, Jamie Zaninovich
Katherine Starr, Founder and President of Safe4Athletes, whose mission is to create an environment for athletes that is free from sexual abuse, bullying and harassment
Tina Syer, Chief Impact Officer, Positive Coaching Alliance, whose mission is to provide all youth and high school athletes a positive, character-building sports experience
Third Annual Sports Law Symposium Speaker Bios
Rob Carey, a partner in Hagens Berman, specializes in class-action lawsuits, with recent cases such as the student-athlete likeness litigation, the Final Four Entry Fee litigation, and assisting LeGarrette Blount in his quest to get reinstated on the football field. He has tried numerous cases to verdict, with as much as $75 million at stake. From 1990 to 1996, Mr. Carey was Arizona’s Chief Deputy Attorney General, supervising 300+ lawyers. He currently serves as the Chair of the Arizona State Bar Class Action and Derivative Suits Committee and recently co-authored the Arizona section of the American Bar Association’s 2010 survey of class action law.
Since taking over as Santa Clara University’s Director of Athletics and Recreation on August 27, 2004, Dan Coonan has helped take the Broncos to new heights on the fields, in the classroom and in the community. For his efforts, he was recently named as one of the Bay Area’s Top 25 Sports Power Players by the San Jose Mercury News. In the past six years, the Broncos have won two WCC Commissioner’s Cups, finishing as the runner-up twice. They have won nine WCC Championships, and teams or athletes from nine different sports have advanced to post-season play at least once. Twenty Bronco teams have advanced to NCAA Tournaments, with two reaching the Final Four. The Broncos have had one National Player of the Year, 20 All-Americans, a Rhodes Scholar, and seven Conference Players of the Year. Mr. Coonan is one of the founders of the Institute of Sports Law and Ethics at Santa Clara University.
GREGORY L. CURTNER
Gregory L. Curtner, a partner in Schiff Hardin LLP, specializes in complex commercial litigation involving matters of antitrust and trade regulation; corporate contracts, transactions and business torts; securities law and allegations of fraud and conversion; intellectual property and patent infringement; and media law, invasion of privacy and defamation. In the course of representing athletic equipment manufacturers, sports associations and academic athletics programs, Gregory has cultivated a particular expertise in sports law, including representing the National Collegiate Athletic Association in precedent-setting cases.
David Drummond joined Google in 2002, initially as vice president of corporate development. Today as senior vice president and chief legal officer, he leads Google’s global teams for legal, government relations, corporate development (M&A and investment projects) and new business development (strategic partnerships and licensing opportunities). He served as Google’s first outside counsel and worked with Larry Page and Sergey Brin to incorporate the company and secure its initial rounds of financing. David earned his bachelor’s degree in history from Santa Clara University (where he played varsity football) and his JD from Stanford Law School. He is a member of the board of the Institute of Sports Law and Ethics at Santa Clara University.
Harry Edwards was professor of Sociology at the University of California at Berkeley from 1970—2000. He was awarded an athletic scholarship to San Jose State University from which he graduated in 1964 with high honors. He advocated a Black athlete boycott of the 1968 Olympics among other protest efforts to dramatize the racial inequities and barriers confronting Blacks in sport and society. Years later, Dr. Edwards became a consultant on issues of diversity for all three major sports. He was hired by the Commissioner of Major League Baseball in 1987 to help with efforts to increase front office representation of minorities and women in baseball. He also was with the Golden State Warriors of the NBA from 1987 through 1995, specializing in player personnel counseling and programs. The programs and methods he developed for dealing with issues and challenges facing professional football player personnel were adopted by the entire NFL in 1992.
Terry Fahn specializes in strategic communications, litigation support, crisis/reputation management and transactional public relations at Sitrick and Company. He has worked on a wide variety of high profile matters involving corporations, government agencies, institutions and individuals from the world of business, sports and entertainment. Mr. Fahn has extensive experience working on high profile civil and criminal litigation matters; special investigations; proxy contests; corporate transactions and restructurings. Representative clients include the Beverly Hills Unified School District; the Fiesta Bowl; the Estate of Michael Jackson; former Hewlett-Packard Chairman Patricia Dunn; The Gores Group; Daniel Snyder, owner of the Washington Redskins and Roy Disney and the “SaveDisney” campaign.
Elizabeth (Libba) Galloway is Executive Director of the Professional Association of Athlete Development Specialists (PAADS), a non-profit organization which advances the profession of athlete development specialists through education, the exchange of best practices, and the establishment of professional standards. She is also an adjunct professor of sports law at Florida Coastal School of Law and Stetson University. Ms. Galloway served as Deputy Commissioner of the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) until January 2010. As Deputy Commissioner, she was involved in all aspects of leadership of the LPGA, including broadcast and legal affairs, tournament business affairs and operations, strategic planning, financial management, member relations, sales and sponsorships, governance, and charitable initiatives. She previously served as the LPGA’s Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer.
Peter Goplerud is Dean and Professor of Law at Florida Coastal School of Law, where he teaches sports law. Prior to his tenure at Coastal Law, Goplerud served as dean of Drake University Law School, the University of Oklahoma College of Law, and Southern Illinois University School of Law. He has also been a faculty member at the University of Akron School of Law and a visiting professor at Saint Louis University School of Law and New York Law School. He began his career as a law clerk for Justice David Prager of the Supreme Court of Kansas. Goplerud, an Iowa native, has been a member of the Sports Lawyers Association Board of Directors since 1997. He has been a frequent lecturer and has written numerous law review articles regarding sports law topics. He is a co-author of one of the leading sports law textbooks now in its sixth edition.
A prolific scholar of labor and employment discrimination law and Charles A. Beardsley Professor of Law Emeritus at Stanford Law School, William B. Gould IV has been an influential voice on worker-management relations for over forty years and recently served as Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board. Professor Gould has been a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators since 1970 and has arbitrated and mediated more than 200 labor disputes, including the 1992 and 1993 salary disputes between the Major League Baseball Players Association and the Major League Baseball Player Relations Committee. As NLRB Chairman, he played a critical role in bringing the 1994-95 baseball strike to its conclusion. He is the recipient of five honorary doctorates. He is a member of the board of the Institute of Sports Law and Ethics at Santa Clara University.
A graduate of the Yale Law School, Kevin Jerome (“K.J.”) Greene, was recently selected by peers in the California bar as one of the Top Ten intellectual property attorneys in San Diego County. Greene writes on topics from James Brown’s music and copyright law, to idea theft in Hollywood, and has established a national reputation as an intellectual property scholar. Professor Greene is a tenured faculty member at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego teaching Contracts, Intellectual Property, Music Law, and Entertainment Law. Greene speaks nationally on IP and entertainment law-related topics before groups such as Practicing Law Institute’s seminar, “Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry”. Greene has served as a member of the Trademark Litigation Committee of the American Intellectual Property Law Association.
David Greenspan has been involved in the video game industry for over 15 years serving as the Director of Legal and Business Affairs for some of the most significant video game publishers in the industry including Sony/989 Studios, THQ Inc., Lucas Arts and Midway Games. He currently works as the Sr. Director of Legal and Business Affairs for NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc., the creators of Pac-Man and Tekken and also teaches a class in entertainment transactions at Santa Clara University School of Law. He has worked on the day to day business and legal issues of more than 80 video games and has been involved in negotiating deals with the major sports leagues, player associations, sports agents, and various other sports entities involving some of the biggest sports titles at the time including UFC Undisputed, GameDay, NFL Blitz, NFL Xtreme, NHL Face-Off, MLB Slugfest, MLB Pennant Race, NBA Shootout, NCAA Gamebreaker, NCAA Final Four and Cool Boarders.
KIRK O. HANSEN
Kirk O. Hanson is Executive Director of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University and John Courtney Murray S.J. University Professor of Social Ethics, positions he has held since 2001. The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics is one of the most active ethics centers in the United States, working in the fields of business, government, and health care ethics, as well as in K-12 character education. Mr. Hanson is a graduate of Stanford University and the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He has held graduate fellowships and research appointments at the Yale Divinity School and the Harvard Business School. In 2001, Kirk took early retirement from Stanford University where he taught in the Graduate School of Business for 23 years and is now an emeritus faculty member. He is one of the founders of the Institute of Sports Law and Ethics at Santa Clara University.
Ramogi Huma is the founder and President of the National College Players Association (NCPA) and a former UCLA football player. Huma founded the NCPA in 1997 after the NCAA suspended his teammate Donnie Edwards for accepting a bag of groceries when he had no food during the season and after being informed that the NCAA prevented UCLA from paying medical expenses from injuries that occurred during summer workouts. Since its creation, 17,000 Division I college athletes from over 150 campuses have joined the NCPA, which serves as college athletes’ only independent voice. Huma earned a bachelor degree in sociology and a master of pubic health degree from UCLA.
Bomani Jones is a contributor for SBNation.com, and the former host of “The Morning Jones” on The Score on Sirius Channel 158. For years, he has written on sports, music, culture and politics — including three years as contributor and columnist for ESPN.com’s Page 2. Bomani has been an on-air personality since January 2008 and joined The Score in 2010. While with The Score, he also contributes weekly two-minute videos found on TheScore.com and aired on The Score Television Network in Canada. Bomani is a regular panelist on ESPN’s “Around the Horn” and “Jim Rome is Burning.”
Brent Jones is a former NFL tight end who played almost his entire career with the San Francisco 49ers from 1987 to 1997. He played college football at Santa Clara University. Jones won 3 Super Bowl rings with the 49ers and was three times named All-Pro (1992–1994) and is a four-time Pro Bowler (1992–95). Jones worked for the NFL on CBS from 1998–2004 He left broadcasting in order to focus on his business in California, Northgate Capital, which he founded with former teammates Mark Harris and Tommy Vardell. He is a member of the board of the Institute of Sports Law and Ethics at Santa Clara University.
Rick Karcher is a professor of law at Florida Coastal School of Law. He teaches primarily in the areas of sports law, torts and business law. Professor Karcher is published extensively in the field of sports law and speaks frequently on the topic. ;His research and publications have focused on player-agent regulation, publicity and privacy rights of athletes, college coaching contracts and athlete compensation and damages issues. He has provided expert testimony before Congress and in numerous lawsuits.
Ron Katz, a Rhodes scholar and Harvard Law graduate, heads the litigation group in the Palo Alto office of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips and is a sports law lecturer at Santa Clara Law. He specializes in complex commercial dispute resolution with an emphasis on intellectual property, antitrust and technology matters. He represented a class of 2062 retired National Football League players against their union, resulting in a $28,100,000 jury verdict. Mr. Katz also teaches trial advocacy at Stanford University Law School. He recently became Chairman of the Board of the Institute of Sports Law and Ethics at Santa Clara University
JON T. KING
Jon T. King is a partner at the San Francisco office of Hausfeld LLP, a firm that specializes in antitrust and other complex litigation. He is one of the lead plaintiffs’ attorneys in In re NCAA Student-Athlete Name & Licensing Litigation, a class action that has drawn national interest, also known as the O’Bannon and Keller litigation. Mr. King has been cited in numerous publications including in The New York Times, USA Today, Sports Illustrated, and Forbes, and has been interviewed on NPR, CBS Radio and other forums.
Dr. Ted Leland, the Vice President for External Relations and Athletics, took over as the athletic director of Pacific Athletics on July 1, 2011. Beginning his second stint as the director, Leland will lead Pacific Athletics for a two-year period while overseeing the implementation of Pacific’s new strategic plan for Intercollegiate Athletics. Leland was named The Jaquish & Kenninger Director of Athletics at Stanford University on June 7, 1991, and was the guiding force in leading an athletics program that was voted “the most admired collegiate athletic program in the nation.” From 1991-2005, Stanford won 53 national team championships in 14 different sports, including an NCAA record six national titles in 1996-97. Cardinal teams consistently competed for the national championship in virtually each sport every year. In 2004-05 alone, Stanford had 26 programs finish in the Top 25 nationally, including 10 in the Top 5 and 16 in the Top 10. He is a member of the board of the Institute of Sports Law and Ethics at Santa Clara University.
Ronnie Lott was a cornerback, free safety, and strong safety in the National Football League (NFL) for fifteen seasons during the 1980s and 1990s. Lott played college football for the University of Southern California, and was honored as a consensus All-American. A first-round pick in the 1981 NFL Draft, he played professionally for the San Francisco 49ers, Los Angeles Raiders, New York Jets, and Kansas City Chiefs. Lott was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000, and is widely considered one of the best defensive backs in NFL history. He is currently a successful businessman. He is a member of the board of the Institute of Sports Law and Ethics at Santa Clara University.
Daniel Mason is a senior partner with the law firm of Zelle Hofmann Voelbel & Mason LLP in San Francisco. During his 37 years at the Bar, Mr. Mason has focused on trial and appellate work, and has particular experience in litigating sports law matters. He represented the American Basketball Association in the antitrust litigation against the National Basketball Association resulting in the 1976 merger of the two leagues, and has subsequently been involved in several high profile cases involving the National Football League, Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League.
Lateef Mtima is a Professor of Law and the Founder and Director of the Institute for Intellectual Property and Social Justice at the Howard University School of Law. Professor Mtima received his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School in 1985, where he was the co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Harvard BlackLetter Journal. He is the Immediate-Past President of the Giles S. Rich Inn of Court for the Federal Circuit, and also serves as a member of the ALI-ABA CPE Advisory Board of Directors on Intellectual Property, The Practical Lawyer Editorial Board, and the Advisory Board for the BNA Patent, Trademark, and Copyright Journal.
Joe Nocera is an Op-Ed columnist who has written frequently about the NCAA. Before joining The Opinion Pages in April 2011, he wrote the Talking Business column for The New York Times and was a staff writer for The New York Times Magazine. In addition to his work at The Times, he serves as a regular business commentator for NPR’s Weekend Edition with Scott Simon. Before joining The Times in 2005, Mr. Nocera spent 10 years at Fortune Magazine, where he held a variety of positions, including contributing writer, editor-at-large and executive editor. His last position at Fortune was editorial director.
Jonathan Orszag is a Senior Managing Director and member of the Executive Committee of Compass Lexecon, LLC, an economic consulting firm. As a consultant, Orszag has conducted economic and financial analysis on a wide range of complex issues in antitrust, regulatory, policy, and litigation matters for corporations and public-sector entities. These engagements have involved a wide array of mergers and other economic matters in various markets, such as the sports, media, telecommunications, financial services, and high-tech industries. He has testified before the United States Congress, U.S. and international courts, the European Court of First Instance, and U.S. and international regulatory authorities on competition and economic policy issues.
Amy Perko has served as executive director of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics since 2005. In June 2010, the commission released its third major report – “Restoring the Balance: Dollars, Values and the Future of College Sports.” Key report recommendations were endorsed by the U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, NAACP President Benjamin Jealous, the Board of Directors of the Association of Governing Boards of Colleges and Universities and the Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics. In August 2011, the NCAA Board of Directors adopted one of the report’s central recommendations that will require teams to be on track to graduate 50 percent of their players to be eligible for postseason championships.
DONALD J. POLDEN
Donald J. Polden is Dean and Professor of Law at Santa Clara University. He is a graduate of The George Washington University and Indiana University School of Law. He is the co-author of Employment Relationships: Law and Practice (Aspen Publishing Company). Polden was elected to membership in the American Law Institute (1993), is a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and was elected to membership in the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. From 2008-2011, he served as chair of the American Bar Association’s Section on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar committee that writes accreditation policies and standards for American law schools. He has served as Dean of the Santa Clara University Law School since 2003.
JOSEPHINE (JO) R. POTUTO
Jo Potuto is the Richard H. Larson Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Nebraska. She is a past chair of the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions and also served on the NCAA Division I Management Council, the NCAA Arbitration Review Special Committee and the NCAA Internal Review Special Committee. She consulted on materials for an NCAA project designed to explain the enforcement/infractions processes to the media. She serves as one of two former members of the Division I Committee on Infractions at moot hearings conducted as part of the project. Potuto is Nebraska’s faculty athletics representative (FAR) and president of the 1A Faculty Athletics Representatives, comprised of FARs from NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision universities.
Dan Rascher teaches and publishes research on sports business topics, and consults to the sports industry. At SportsEconomics and OSKR, he has worked on over 100 sports business projects. He is co-director of the Sport Management Program at the University of San Francisco, and has dozens of publications including a co-authored sport finance textbook. He has been named Research Fellow of the North American Society for Sport Management. Dan has testified as an expert witness in federal and state courts, in arbitration proceedings, and has provided public testimony to state and local governments. He is a member of the board of the Institute of Sports Law and Ethics at Santa Clara University.
Wallace Renfro has worked more than four decades in the communications and public relations field, including nearly 40 years at the National Collegiate Athletic Association. He has served in various public relations functions with the NCAA and was Director of Public Relations from 1997 until his departure in June 2002 to form Renfro & Associates Communications Solutions, LLC. Renfro returned to the NCAA in January 2003 as Senior Advisor to new President Myles Brand and has continued to serve in that capacity. In April 2008, Renfro was named Vice President and Senior Advisor to the President. Additionally, he was named Vice President and Chief Policy Advisor because of his ability to address critical issues within intercollegiate athletics and the Association’s national office.
Linda Robertson is a sports columnist at The Miami Herald. During her career, she has covered or opined on a variety of subjects, from mainstream to obscure, including 10 Olympic Games, the World Cup, Wimbledon, French Open, Tour de France, Super Bowl, NBA Finals, World Series, NCAA Final Fours, college bowl games, boxing andhorse racing. Her articles have been selected six times for The Best American Sports Writing anthology and she has won two dozen writing awards. She is a past president of the Association for Women in Sports Media and a graduate of the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill.
Kevin D. Satterlee was named Boise State University’s Vice President and General Counsel in January 2011. From 1997 to 2001, Kevin was Chief Legal Officer to the Idaho State Board of Education, the constitutional governing board for all of Idaho’s institutions of higher education. He was assigned to the Board by the Idaho Attorney General while serving as a Deputy Attorney General. Kevin is the 2010 recipient of the Association of Corporate Counsel Leadership Award.
Andy Schwarz has built a practice as a consulting expert, providing advice in litigation matters in antitrust, sports and entertainment, intellectual property, and banking and insurance. He has extensive experience in class action litigation. Among his many sports-related engagements, Mr. Schwarz was the case manager for the NFL’s economic expert in L.A. Raiders v. NFL. Mr. Schwarz has been featured on ESPN analyzing sports economic issues. He has also published on the antitrust implications of NCAA bylaws. Mr. Schwarz holds an M.B.A. from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA as well as an A.B. in history from Stanford University and an M.A. in history from Johns Hopkins.
Katherine Starr is a former Olympic swimmer, who founded and is president of Safe4Athletes, an advocacy organization whose mission is to create an environment for athletes that is free from sexual abuse, bullying and harassment. She was a three-time NCAA champion and an all-American.
ELLEN J. STAUROWSKY
Dr. Staurowsky is a full professor in the Department of Sport Management at Drexel University. She is internationally recognized as an expert on social justice issues in sport which include gender equity and Title IX, pay equity and equal employment opportunity, the exploitation of athletes, the faculty role in reforming college sport, representation of women in sport media, and the misappropriation of American Indian imagery in sport. She is co-author of the book, College Athletes for Hire: The Evolution and Legacy of the NCAA Amateur Myth. She serves on the executive boards of the College Sport Research Institute and the NCAA Scholarly Colloquium.
Tina Syer is currently the Chief Impact Officer for Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA), a nonprofit organization founded in the Stanford University Athletic Department in 1998. In this role she oversees training, programs, marketing, evaluation and key corporate partnerships. She played Division I field hockey at Stanford University where she captained the team, was named an Academic All-American, and graduated with honors in psychology. Since Syer’s start with PCA in 2000 her work has included keynote presentations for US Lacrosse, USA Water Polo, Special Olympics, Nike and Deloitte, and more than 300 PCA workshops for coaches, parents and student-athletes. Additionally, she leads the production of PCA’s on-line courses featuring National Advisory Board Members such as Phil Jackson and Julie Foudy
Former Director of Basketball Programs at Nike, adidas and Reebok, Sonny Vaccaro is a formidable force in contemporary sports marketing and grassroots basketball. His visionary promotional innovations (beginning with the signing of Michael Jordan to his first major endorsement package) revolutionized the sports marketing genre with shoe contracts, team affiliations and other ground-breaking promotional partnerships at the world’s three largest athletic shoe and apparel companies. Mr. Vaccaro is the Director of Vaccaro Sports Partnerships and the Founding Chairman of the Roundball Classic and numerous camps, tournaments and events worldwide.
Issac Vaughn, SCU ’84, was named one of America’s top black lawyers by Black Enterprise magazine and one of the top lawyers under 40 by California Lawyer. Issac is Managing Director at SC Investments Consulting, LLC. He specializes in the areas of corporate and securities law, including general corporate representations, venture capital financings, public offerings, and mergers and acquisitions. A Michigan Law School graduate and SCU’s first African-American All-Conference quarterback, Vaughn has served two terms on the University’s Board of Regents and the Athletic Advisory Board. He is Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Institute of Sports Law and Ethics at Santa Clara University.
Jamie Zaninovich was named just the second full time Commissioner of the West Coast Conference on March 9, 2008. During his tenure at the WCC, Zaninovich has led the Conference to unprecedented growth in the areas of television and championships while also expanding the conference membership for the first time in three decades and becoming an active voice on the national scene through work on the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee and the Collegiate Commissioners Association. Zaniniovich’s tenure at the West Coast Conference has been highlighted by a five-year strategic plan (2010-14) focused on three high-level strategic goals for the WCC – competitiveness, exposure and leadership – which includes implementation of men’s basketball non-conference scheduling and performance strategies, a conference-wide video streaming enhancement program, approval of a Sportsmanship Initiative, the launch of a new conference mark, and continued commitment to activation of the WCC voice within the NCAA governance structure