Villanova University School of Law Hosts 2015 Game Day Sports Case Competition

First Place W&M
First place team from The College of William and Mary

Sixteen teams from 11 different schools competed at Villanova University School of Law for the Second Annual Game Day Sports Competition on Saturday, April 11, with a team from The College of William and Mary coming out on top. Launched by the Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law at Villanova University School of Law and the UCLA Anderson Center for MEMES (Management of Enterprise in Media, Entertainment and Sports), the competition challenged JD and MBA students to take a multidisciplinary approach to analyzing, presenting and negotiating solutions to real-world sports business issues.

 

Villanova Team
The Villanova University team placed second. Pictured from left are Jeffery S. Moorad; Villanova students Michael Cunningham VSB ’15, Tomaso DeNoia VLS ’16, Michael Camastra VLS ’16, Daniel Nugent VSB ’16; and Moorad Center Director Andrew Brandt.
UVA Team
Third place team from University of Virginia
UCLA Team
Third place team from University of California, Los Angeles

Teams were judged by a panel of experts representing both the business and legal sides of the sports industry. Villanova students Michael Camastra VLS ’16, Tomaso DeNoia VLS ’16, Michael Cunningham VSB ’15 and Daniel Nugent VSB ’16 placed second in the competition. Teams from University of Virginia and University of California, Los Angeles tied for third place. Other participating schools included American University, University of Connecticut, University of Pennsylvania, Boston College, Marquette University, Santa Clara University and Emory University.

 

Panel

Moderated by Moorad Center Director Andrew Brandt, the event kicked off with a morning career panel featuring prominent individuals from the sports industry:

  • Joe Banner, former CEO of the Cleveland Browns and former President of the Philadelphia Eagles
  • David Cornwell, Partner, Barnes & Thornburg LLP, attorney for Jameis Winston
  • Barry Hanrahan, Assistant General Manager, Philadelphia Flyers
  • Jeffrey Moorad ’81, Chairman/CEO, Moorad Sports Partners
  • Vince Nicastro, Athletic Director, Villanova University
  • Michael Stiles ’71, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Philadelphia Phillies

The panel discussion on Saturday focused on career paths and professional opportunities in sports. Watch the full video here.

The competition required teams to grapple with a hypothetical situation based on the real-life incident surrounding former Los Angeles Clippers owner, Donald Sterling, and his incendiary remarks in 2014. During the first round teams presented to judges, who were acting as the NBA’s Board of Governors, on three issues: a reasonable sale price for the Clippers, a strategy to improve the NBA’s image in the wake of the incident and a long-term growth strategy for the NBA. In the afternoon, teams were assigned to be counsel for either Donald Sterling or the NBA and to argue whether or not the Commissioner and Board of Governors could force the sale of an owner under these circumstances.  

The 2015 Game Day Sports Case Competition was presented in conjunction with the Jeffrey S. Moorad Sports Law Symposium on Friday, April 10. Each spring, the Moorad Sports Law Symposium tackles the day’s hottest topics, from “Moneyball” to concussions to super agents and more.