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BC Law School Forum to Look at Legal Issues of NCAA

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (10-6-10) — ESPN sportscaster and author Jeremy Schaap will moderate an October 15 forum at Boston College Law School on the financial and legal issues surrounding the creation of an NCAA post-season tournament for football, leading a discussion with William Hancock, a founder of the current NCAA Bowl Championship Series system, and Matthew Sanderson, executive director of PlayoffPAC, which is dedicated to the establishment of a postseason college gridiron playoff.

The debate is the centerpiece of an all-day symposium that will focus on legal issues surrounding the unprecedented growth of the NCAA over the last 100 years and the impact on amateurism, academic standards and student rights.

In 1910, the Intercollegiate Athletic Association of the United States was rechristened the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Since that time, the NCAA has grown dramatically to include 400,000 student athletes in 23 sports, with some universities reaping more than $100,000,000 in gross revenue from sports programs. Given such growth, many legal questions arise.

Distinguished law faculty from throughout the country will present papers on some of those issues, including student-athlete compensation, commercialism and constitutionalism. All papers will be published this month in the Boston College Law Review. NCAA experts will be on hand to weigh in with their opinions during a series of panel discussions throughout the day. Among the panelists expected: Jon Wertheim and Andy Staples of Sports Illustrated; Deborah Corum, the Associate Commissioner of the SEC; Petrina Long, Senior Associate Athletic Director of UCLA, among others. Boston College Law Professors Alfred Yen, Joseph Liu and Richard Albert will present, as well faculty from the Marquette Law School, U.C. Davis School of Law, Pepperdine Law School and Vermont Law School.

The event is free and open to the public. Sponsors are Ropes and Gray, Boston College Law School and Boston College Law Review. Registration is available at More information on the event and a full schedule are available here.

Media interested in covering the event should contact BC Law School Director of Marketing and Communications Nate Kenyon at 617-552-1184.