What’s in a name? For collegiate student-athletes, it could be a livelihood.
Thanks to the decision in the Supreme Court case National Collegiate Athletic Association v. Alston – a case grounded in antitrust law that’s the perfect fit for a hearty discussion among lawyers and law students alike – student-athletes can now benefit from their name, image, and likeness (NIL).
The Albany Law Journal of Science & Technology fall symposium dives deeper into this on Monday, Nov. 15 from 5:30-8 p.m. The event will be held virtually with link information available upon registration.
This past summer, in National Collegiate Athletic Association v. Alston, the Supreme Court held that student-athletes can profit using their NIL. Previously, this was a violation of NCAA rules and could forfeit a student-athlete’s athletic eligibility. The decision sparked rapid developments in state NIL laws and structure. This symposium will examine the legal landscape and background for rights of publicity in sports and critical questions about the evolving perception and reality of student-athlete rights.
“We are just starting to see the benefits of this decision. There is still so much legal ground to explore,” said Christian Lichtenberger, a third-year law student, and the journal’s Symposium Editor. Lichtenberger is also the President of the law school’s Sports & Entertainment Law Society. “Sometimes in law school you learn about precedent-setting cases from years or even decades ago. With this symposium we are going to explore the legal landscape in nearly real-time.”
The symposium will feature a keynote address from Professor Kenneth D. Ferguson from the University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Law.
Ferguson is recognized nationally for his bankruptcy law and sports law scholarship. His sports law scholarship considers the application of the assumption of risk theory to distinguish liability for injuries to athletes in amateur and professional sports. His sports law scholarship also focuses on achieving gender equity under Title IX for girls from economically disadvantaged, rural, urban, and minority communities.
A panel moderated by Dan Lust, an attorney in the New York City Office of Geragos & Geragos, will follow and feature:
- Sport Administration Professor Anita Moorman – University of Louisville
- Assistant Teaching Professor Dave Meluni – Syracuse University
- NIL Specialist Braly Keller – OpenDorse
- Professor Kenneth Lewis Jr. – Shepard Broad College of Law
Learn more about the Albany Law Journal of Science & Technology at albanylawjournal.org.