Villanova University School of Law announces inaugural Board of Advisors for The Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law

Board of Advisors comprised of leaders from throughout the sports industry, including Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, National Football League, and National Hockey League

Villanova, Pa. – Villanova University School of Law today announced the inaugural Board of Advisors for The Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law. Providing advice and guidance to the Center’s leadership, the Board of Advisors includes notables from numerous facets of the sports industry, including Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League, the National Hockey League, player representation agencies, and sports media.  

The Board of Advisors represents a wide variety of industry leaders in areas encompassing team and league management, player and union representation, athletic and academic administration, media, former athletes, and government officials. In addition to advising and counseling on the direction of the Center, the members will serve as resources for student opportunities in the field, and join Moorad Center Director Andrew Brandt for panels, discussions, and symposia.

“The guidance and support of these industry experts will help the Moorad Center advance a new era of education for sports industry professionals,” said John Y. Gotanda, Dean of Villanova University School of Law. “These individuals, all leaders in the sports world, will provide a critical voice on the ever-changing dynamics of the industry. We are honored to welcome them to the Moorad Center and to the Villanova Law community.”

The Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law, created in February 2012 with a $5 million leadership gift from Jeffrey S. Moorad ’81, is one of only a handful of institutes in the U.S. dedicated to the study of sports law. The new Center will prepare students for careers in amateur and professional sports through rigorous academic study, innovative programs, internship opportunities, scholarship, and research. Located near Philadelphia, home to one of professional and amateur sports most dedicated fan bases and largest media markets, Villanova University School of Law is situated along the Northeast corridor in close proximity to several major sports markets including New York City, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C.

“Enlisting the talent and insight of our incredible Board of Advisors will be vitally important as we continue to realize the programs and offerings of the Moorad Center,” said Andrew Brandt, Director of the Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law. “I am looking forward to collaborating with these individuals, many of whom have been my colleagues for years.”

The Board of Advisors for the Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law includes:

  • Joe Banner, CEO, Cleveland Browns
  • Richard Berthelsen, former General Counsel, NFL Players Association
  • David Blitzer, Co-owner, Philadelphia 76ers
  • Tom Condon, NFL Player Agent, CAA Sports
  • David Cornwell, Partner, Gordon & Rees, LLP; Executive Director, NFL Coaches Association
  • Roger Cossack, Legal Analyst, ESPN
  • Aileen Daly, General Counsel, Philadelphia Eagles
  • Warrick Dunn, former NFL running back; Limited Partner, Atlanta Falcons
  • Bob DuPuy, former President of Major League Baseball
  • Ashley Fox, NFL Columnist, ESPN
  • Gary Gertzog, Senior Vice President of Business Affairs and General Counsel, NFL
  • Barry Hanrahan, Assistant General Manager and General Counsel, Philadelphia Flyers
  • Sally Jenkins, Sports Columnist, The Washington Post
  • Billy King, General Manager, Brooklyn Nets
  • Vince Nicastro, Athletic Director, Villanova University
  • Ed Rendell ’68, former Governor of Pennsylvania; former Mayor of Philadelphia
  • Harvey Schiller, former Executive Director and Secretary General of the U.S. Olympic Committee; former Chairman and CEO, YankeeNets; former President, Turner Sports
  • Ken Shropshire, Director, Wharton Sports Business Initiative
  • Michael P. Stiles ’71, Senior Vice President of Administration and Operations, Philadelphia Phillies
  • Brian Westbrook, former NFL running back

 

Biographies for the Board of Advisors

Joe Banner, CEO, Cleveland Browns
Mr. Banner served as President and Advisor to the Owner of the Philadelphia Eagles from 2001 through 2012 prior to his current position with the Cleveland Browns. Long recognized as one of the NFL’s top executives, he is also a trustee of City Year, Inc. Mr. Banner is a graduate of Denison University.

Richard Berthelsen, former General Counsel, NFL Players Association
Mr. Berthelsen served as General Counsel of the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) through 2012, having been with the NFLPA since 1972. During his tenure with the association, he also served as Interim Executive Director. Mr. Berthelsen received a B.S. and J.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

David Blitzer, Co-owner, Philadelphia 76ers
In addition to his role with the 76ers, Mr. Blitzer is Senior Managing Director and Head of Tactical Opportunities for the Blackstone Group, a global investment and advisory firm. He is a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Tom Condon, NFL Player Agent, CAA Sports
Head of the Football Division of Creative Artists Agency, Mr. Condon has been recognized by Sporting News as the most powerful agent in football. He represents over 75 current NFL players, with clients including Peyton Manning, Eli Manning, Adrian Peterson, Matthew Stafford, and Drew Brees. From 1984 to 1986, Mr.  served as president of the National Football League Players Association. Mr. Condon is a graduate of Boston College and the University of Baltimore School of Law.

David Cornwell, Partner, Gordon & Rees, LLP; Executive Director, NFL Coaches Association
Mr. Cornwell was recently appointed as Executive Director of the National Football League Coaches Association and has served as a Legal Analyst for ESPN. His past clients have included Howie Long, Steve Young, Troy Aikman, and John Starks. Mr. Cornwell is a graduate of Tufts University and Georgetown University Law Center.

Roger Cossack, Legal Analyst, ESPN
An accomplished journalist, Mr. Cossack was previously an on-air legal commentator for CNN and  co-host of its award-wining show, Burden of Proof. He has covered legal issues of numerous sports figures, including O.J. Simpson, Michael Vick, and Kobe Bryant. Mr. Cossack is a graduate of UCLA and UCLA School of Law.

Aileen Daly, General Counsel, Philadelphia Eagles
Ms. Daly joined the Philadelphia Eagles in 2007 as Director of Legal Affairs, assuming the role of General Counsel in 2010. Previously, she was a corporate associate at Proskauer Rose LLP where her clients included the New York Jets, National Basketball Association, New Jersey Devils, Orlando Magic, and Philadelphia Eagles. Ms. Daly received a B.A. from Yale University and J.D. from Tulane University Law School.

Warrick Dunn, former NFL running back; Limited Partner, Atlanta Falcons
A former NFL running back, Mr. Dunn was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first round of the 1997 draft. He also played for the Atlanta Falcons during his career before returning to the Buccaneers in 2008. Mr. Dunn was a member the 1993 National Champion Florida State University Seminoles. Mr. Dunn is now a part owner of the Atlanta Falcons and the founder of Warrick Dunn Charities, an organization that provides support to single parents.

Bob DuPuy, former President of Major League Baseball
Mr. DuPuy has been involved with Major League Baseball since 1989, most recently serving as President and Chief Operating Officer from 2002 to 2010. He is also partner at Foley & Lardner, LLP. Mr. DuPuy has been honored with the rating of AV Preeminent, the highest performance rating in Martindale-Hubbell’s peer review rating system, in recognition of his superior professional ethics. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Cornell Law School.

Ashley Fox, NFL Columnist, ESPN
Prior to joining ESPN, Ms. Fox was a writer and columnist at the Philadelphia Inquirer, covering the NFL, the Philadelphia Eagles, and the Philadelphia 76ers. A veteran sportswriter, she has also worked at Sports Illustrated and the Louisville Courier-Journal.  Ms. Fox studied journalism at Indiana University.

Gary Gertzog, Senior Vice President of Business Affairs and General Counsel, NFL
Mr. Gertzog joined the NFL in 1994 and since then his responsibilities have expanded to include all facets of commercial operations. Mr. Gertzog was previously a partner at Townley & Updike, specializing in intellectual property. He received a B.S. from Cornell University and a J.D. from George Washington University Law School.

Barry Hanrahan, Assistant General Manager and General Counsel, Philadelphia Flyers
Mr. Hanrahan began his tenure with the Flyers in 1997, serving as Director of Team Services and Assistant Director to the General Manager. Prior to joining the Flyers, Mr. Hanrahan spent six years with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Mr. Hanrahan is a graduate of Florida Southern College and Widener University School of Law.

Sally Jenkins, Sports Columnist, The Washington Post
Arenowned sports journalist, Ms. Jenkins was previously a Senior Writer for Sports Illustrated. She has also authored nine books, three of which were New York Times Best Sellers. A graduate of Stanford University, Ms. Jenkins was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for her stories on the death of college All-American, Len Bias, in 1986.

Billy King, General Manager, Brooklyn Nets
Prior to joining the Nets, Mr. King spent ten years with the Philadelphia 76ers. He served as Vice President of Basketball Administration before being promoted to General Manager and President of the 76ers. Before working for the 76ers, Mr. King was an assistant coach for the Indiana Pacers. In the past he has covered the Ohio Valley Conference for ESPN. He is a graduate of Duke University, where he helped the Blue Devils reach the Final Four twice.

Vince Nicastro, Athletic Director, Villanova University
In addition to his work at Villanova University, Mr. Nicastro has served as Chair of the Big East Conference Athletic Directors Executive Committee. He received a B.S. from Bloomsburg University and an MBA from St. Joseph’s University.

Ed Rendell ’68, former Governor of Pennsylvania; former Mayor of Philadelphia
Mr. Rendell is currently Special Counsel at Ballard Spahr, LLP. He was previously a partner at the firm, prior to serving as Governor of Pennsylvania from 2003 to 2011. During his governorship, Mr. Rendell was Chair of the National Governor Association. He also served as Mayor of Philadelphia from 1992 to 2000. Mr. Rendell began his career working for the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, where he worked his way to Chief of Homicide in 1972. He was elected District Attorney in 1977 and 1981. Mr. Rendell received a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from the Villanova University School of Law.

Harvey Schiller, former Executive Director and Secretary General of the U.S. Olympic Committee; former Chairman and CEO, YankeeNets; former President, Turner Sports
Mr. Schiller is currently CEO and Chairman of the Board at GlobalOptions Group, Inc., an international risk management and business solutions company. A leader in the sports world, he was previously Executive Director and Secretary General of the U.S. Olympic Committee; Chairman and CEO of YankeeNets; Vice President of sports programming for Turner Broadcasting System; and President of the NHL’s Atlanta Thrashers. Mr. Schiller did his undergraduate studies at The Citadel—The Military College of South Carolina. He received his master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Michigan.

Ken Shropshire, Director, Wharton Sports Business Initiative
Mr. Shropshire is Special Counsel at Duane Morris LLP and a consultant for the NFL in addition to his role at the Wharton School. He also serves as an arbitrator for the NFLPA and USA Track and Field. Mr. Shropshire has written several books on sports law, most notably Agents of Opportunity: Sports Agents and Corruption in Collegiate Sports and The Business of Sports Agents. He completed his undergraduate studies at Stanford University and received a J.D. from Columbia Law School.

Michael P. Stiles ’71, Senior Vice President of Administration and Operations, Philadelphia Phillies
In his role with the Philadelphia Phillies, Mr. Stiles oversees operations of Citizens Bank Park and personnel policies for the entire organization. He was previously U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and a Common Pleas Court Judge. Mr. Stiles is a graduate of Villanova University School of Law.

Brian Westbrook, former NFL running back
A Villanova University graduate, Mr. Westbrook was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2002. During his eight years with the team, he was selected for the Pro Bowl in 2004 and 2007. Mr. Westbrook then spent one year with the San Francisco 49ers.  A standout while a member of Villanova’s football team, he is one of the most decorated players in the NCAA Division I-AA history. Mr. Westbrook was honored with the Walter Payton Award in 2001. Currently, he is a member of CBS’s Fantasy Football Today team and is involved with Brian’s Blessings, an organization established to help local less fortunate children.

Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. Founded in 1953, the Villanova University School of Law is rooted in academic excellence, academic freedom, inclusion and respect for human dignity. The Law School, which is accredited by the American Bar Association, provides broad-based legal education, and its award-winning clinics and Lawyering Together Program provide free legal aid to those in need.

Notable alumni include Hon. Kelly Ayotte (U.S. Senator, New Hampshire); David C. Chavern (Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, U.S. Chamber of Commerce); Michael R. Haswell (Head of Business Development, Commerce, Google Inc.); Jeffrey S. Moorad (Former Baseball Executive and Sports Agent); Hon. Edward Rendell (Former Governor of Pennsylvania); Hon. Marjorie Rendell (Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit); Joseph T. Sebastianelli (President and CEO, Jefferson Health Systems); and Richard Trumka (President, AFL-CIO).