Students who are admitted to Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law do not need to separately apply to be part of the Moorad Center for Sports Law. All students are eligible to participate in the Sports Law Program by enrolling in the numerous sports law courses available, applying for Moorad Fellowship positions, participating in the planning and coordination of speakers and symposia, writing for the blogs, etc. There are several different opportunities that students may engage in to further their study of sports law.
Jeffrey S. Moorad Sports Law Journal
The Jeffrey S. Moorad Sports Law Journal is a national legal periodical published and edited twice per year by a staff of students chose for membership based on their performance in an Open-Writing Competition.
The Journal is committed to publishing scholarly articles on important topics in the sports law field. It serves as an interpretative guide and research tool for practitioners, academics and students on issues of law in sports. The Journal explains the significance of recent changes or developments as well as addresses the future of these areas in sports law. Past volumes have included articles on copyright infringement, ERISA, gender equity, antitrust, collective bargaining, and regulation of indecent speech.
Additionally, the Journal also publishes an online blog where Journal members have the opportunity to publish shorter submissions on recent updates and cases in sports law.
Sports Law Society
The Sports Law Society, under the umbrella of the Moorad Center, presents another way for students to become involved with sports study and sports activities at the law school. As part of the Moorad Center mission, the Society offers students opportunities to learn, experience and study the various intersections of sports and the law and assist students in their pursuit of sports-related careers. The Society is open to all students and hosts a variety of different activities throughout the year including contributions to the SLS blog, networking events, speaker series and symposia and social opportunities including football and basketball games.
GameDay Case Competition
In addition to sending students to various sports-related competitions around the country – including annually sending a team to the Tulane Baseball Arbitration and the Fordham Basketball Negotiation – the Moorad Center co-hosts a Case Competition unique in sports-related study around the world.
The GameDay Sports Competition is a joint venture between Villanova Law School and UCLA Business School where students compete in a two-part event: half of the competition is a traditional legal competition with presentations in front of judges; the other half of the competition is a traditional business competition with negotiations of case studies on topical sports issues. Teams are comprised of students from both law and business schools and compete for $10,000 of prize money. The competition’s venue alternates between UCLA and Villanova and has featured law and business students from over 40 schools competing in a fun and challenging day of presentations and negotiations. It is a truly unique event on the Sports Law calendar.