April 17 - Sports Law Symposium 2009

“NCAA Coaches’ Contracts: Diversity and Negotiating Value in the 21st Century”
Sponsored by the Coastal Law Center for Law and Sports and the Coastal Law Sports Law Society

FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2009

10:30 am - 2:30 pm

Room 405


10:30 a.m. Noon: Maximizing Value for the Coach

Panelists will discuss the various issues that arise in negotiating and structuring college coaches contracts from the perspective of both the university and coach, including compensation and the various types of compensation, for cause termination, tax ramifications, and liquidated damages/buyout clauses.

  • Moderator, Rick Karcher - Associate Professor of Law and Director, Florida Coastal School of Law Center for Law and Sports
  • Robert H. Lattinville - Partner, Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP
  • Terry Don Phillips - Athletic Director, Clemson University
  • Randall W. Spetman - Athletic Director, Florida State University
  • Bennett H. Speyer - Member, Eastman & Smith LTD

Noon - 1:00 Lunch provided

1:00 - 2:30 p.m.: Ethnic and Gender Issues in NCAA Hiring

Panelists will discuss the topic of diversity in the hiring of college coaches, including the following issues:  (1) Does the Rooney Rule have application in college to increase minority football head coaches at NCAA's highest level? (2) How does the NCAA view the challenges and solutions regarding minority and gender equity? (3) Are boosters unduly influential in hiring and firing coaches to the disproportionate detriment of minority coaches? and (4) Is Title VII a viable remedy?

  • Moderator, Roger Groves - Associate Professor of Law, Florida Coastal School of Law
  • N. Jeremi Duru - Associate Professor of Law, Temple University, Beasley School of Law
  • Kristen Galles - Civil rights attorney and Title IX expert
  • Floyd A. Keith - Executive Director, Black Coaches and Administrators

For speaker bios click here

The event is free and open to the public.

To register, please call (904) 680-7743 or email rkarcher@fcsl.edu.

CLE credits approved.