Sport Law and Governance – The Rules that Regulate Sport OrganizationsFebruary 17, 2018

Sport Law and Governance – The Rules that Regulate Sport Organizations
February 17, 2018

This masterclass will discuss, compare, and analyze many of the key legal concepts that govern international sport, an industry that until recently has largely governed itself, with minimal involvement of national authorities anywhere.

The course will examine major sport stakeholders like the International Olympic Committee, FIFA and international sport federations, and the differences between the practices that govern international athletes and competitions and the more ad hoc approach traditionally taken in North America.

But change is underway, too. The United States has in an unprecedented way inserted itself into international sport governance with an ongoing criminal prosecution of several former FIFA officials.

What is the future of the sport governance, and what does it mean for athletes, sport firms, media and fans?

The class will discuss the differences between American sport leagues and those of different countries and regions, notably in the European Union. The class will give real-life case studies for discussion and debate, focusing on the advantages and disadvantages of “closed” leagues and “promotion and relegation” systems, anti-competition issues, salary control, unionization of players, doping, discrimination, and ethical rules of governance.


Mark Conrad, Professor, Fordham University, Gabelli School of Business

Mark Conrad directs the sport business concentration and is an associate professor of law and ethics at Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business. In addition to teaching sport law and the business and ethics of sport, he also has taught courses covering contracts, business organizations, and media law. He holds a JD from New York Law School, an MS from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and BA from CUNY (City College).


Saturday, February 17, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


Northwestern University in Qatar
Education City
Doha, Qatar
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To attend this masterclass, students must hold a bachelor's degree and have at least 2-3 years of professional experience.


Students who attend all three masterclasses in the Changing Business of Sport and Sport Communication executive education series will receive a certificate. View all masterclasses.


USD $500 per class; USD $1,350 for all three masterclasses


Registration is closed for this event.