Sports & Entertainment Law Practice

Sports and Entertainment Law are dynamic and diverse practice areas that encompass the representation of sports teams, entertainment companies, athletes, entertainers, universities, stadium managers and corporations that sponsor sporting and entertainment events. Both are among the most exclusive and competitive areas of legal practice.

Lawyers practicing in Sports and Entertainment Law regularly encounter a wide range of legal and business issues, including licensing, trademarks, copyright, endorsements, real estate, labor negotiations and regulatory compliance, among many others. These fields are rapidly evolving as a result of increasing globalization within the industry and the continual emergence of technologies such as entertainment streaming services and daily fantasy sports.

Villanova Law is home to The Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law, one of only a handful of centers in the U.S. dedicated to the study of sports law. Through rigorous coursework, scholarship, and externship opportunities, the Center’s programming prepares students for legal careers in amateur and professional sports. Its marquee event—the Jeffrey S. Moorad Sports Law Symposium—convenes industry insiders for an examination and discussion of the most relevant topics in sports law and business. Throughout the academic year, the Center also brings to campus noteworthy individuals—including team owners, professional and amateur coaches, athletic directors, NCAA staff and agents—as part of its annual speaker series. Students also participate in sports law negotiation competitions and contribute to the Moorad Center’s blog.

Several sports and entertainment law courses, as well as a comprehensive externship program are offered at Villanova, allowing students to tailor their education to align with their career goals. The biannual, student-run Jeffrey S. Moorad Sports Law Journal publishes scholarly articles on topics of importance in the sports and entertainment law fields, serving as an interpretative guide and research tool for practitioners, academics and students. Through their work on the Journal, students hone their legal writing skills and  gain invaluable legal research experience.

The below list highlights Villanova Law courses that are fundamentally associated with this practice area.

Of the courses listed below, the foundational doctrinal courses—Civil Procedure, Contracts, Criminal Law, Property, Constitutional Law and Torts—and an upper level Legal Writing (Transactional or Litigation) are required. The remaining courses are recommended, but not required for those interested in the field.

  • Antitrust
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts
  • Criminal Law
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Entertainment Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Legal and Compliance Issues in Amateur Athletics
  • Negotiation and Mediation Advocacy
  • Sports Law: Advanced Practices, Skills and Documents
  • Sports Law: Advanced Legal and Business Aspects
  • Torts

The below list highlights Villanova Law courses that are related, but not necessarily essential to this practice area. Students interested in this field may consider enrolling in these courses to supplement their studies. 

  • Contract Drafting
  • Copyright Law
  • Drafting Business Transactions
  • Introduction to Federal Taxation
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Drexel University Department of Athletics, Office of Compliance
  • EMG Sports
  • Eric Feig Entertainment and Media Law Inc.
  • Excel Sports Management
  • Jekielek & Janis, LLP
  • Jerrold Colton (Sports Agent/Attorney)
  • Jet Sports Management
  • NBA Coaches’ Association
  • Philadelphia Freedoms – World Team Tennis
  • Tier 1 Sports Management
  • Villanova University Department of Athletics, Office of Compliance

The Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law

The Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law prepares students for careers in amateur and professional sports through rigorous academic study, innovative programs, internship opportunities, scholarship, and research.

Visit the center's website here.

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The 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 chosen for membership based on their performance in an Open-Writing Competition.

The Journal is committed to publishing scholarly articles on topics of importance in the field of sports law.

Read more about the journal here.