Sports Law Negotiation Teams Succeed in Annual Arbitration Competitions


This semester, members of the Sports Law Negotiation Team have been successful in various sports negotiation competitions across North America.

The 15th Annual Tulane International Baseball Arbitration Competition, held virtually for the second year in a row, took place January 19-21. The team comprised of Matthew Dacey ’23, Stella Pratt ’23 and Christopher Roppolo ’23 advanced to the quarterfinal round. The other team comprised Danielle Bland ’22, Andrew Delzotto ’23 and David Brake ’24. This year's competition involved challenging mock arbitration cases, and both teams displayed strong work ethic and dedication in preparing for the competition. John Reid ’22 and Andy Jensen ’21 coached the teams.

For the fourth time in the history of the Tulane Professional Football Negotiation Competition, Villanova Law students were victorious. At the eighth annual event held February 4-5, Ryan Murphy ’22, Sarah Grossman ’24 and Brett Podell ’24, coached by Austin Meo ’22, beat out 42 teams from around the country to win the competition. Seasoned competitors, Murphy and Meo, took home their second championship in this competition after winning in 2020 and placing third in 2021. They are the first pair of students to win the TPFNC twice and the only team to advance to the playoff rounds three years in a row. Additional students from Villanova Law, Spencer de Urioste ’23, Joseph Frio ’22 and Emily Rollo ’23 also competed.

Villanova Law sent two teams to this year's Fifth Annual Tulane Pro Basketball Negotiation Competition, held in New Orleans from March 3-4. The two teams included Ian Daniels ’22, Alex Fernandez ’22 and Dante Camilli ’23, and Ross Sutton ’23, James McCauley ’24 and Hunter Parsons ’24. 

The Villanova Law team of Luke Pacifici ’23, Ricardo Peña ’24 and Kyle Winquist ’24 won the inaugural Tulane International Fútbol Negotiation Competition held virtually March 25-26. It was the first negotiation competition experience for all three team members, and they put on an impressive performance.

Additionally, the University of Toronto hosted their annual Hockey Arbitration Competition of Canada, where two Villanova Law teams also performed well. Andrew Beck ’22 and Andrew Lee ’22 finished as quarterfinalists, going undefeated in the preliminary rounds. The team comprised of Samantha Pulley ’22 and Jacqueline Borrelli ’23 won two of their three preliminary round negotiations.