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How the Law is Shaping the Future of Sports

CLE Hours: 6 including 6 General, 0 Ethics, 0 Professionalism, 0 Trial Practice

Speaker Series
Original Program Date:
Sep 19, 2023


  • Speakers, session times and credit hours are subject to change.
  • Ethics | Professionalism | Trial Practice
  • Speaker:
  • Gary J. Chester, Attorney at Law, Butler, NJ
  • 8:00
  • In-Person Registration

  • 8:30
  • Introduction
  • Julia Neighbors, ICLE Director, State Bar of Georgia, Atlanta, GA

  • 8:35
  • Tort and Contract Issues that are Unique to Sports
  • Do players always assume the risk of injuries from extreme conduct in the course of a game?
  • Do spectators always assume the risk of injury from foul balls or other objects propelled into the stands?
  • The “Morals Clause” and other contract issues specific to players and coaches
  • 10:05
  • Break
  • 10:20
  • High School Sports Governance Issues
  • Do home-schooled students have a legal right to participate in high school sports?
  • Scholastic sports association responsibilities and limitations

  • The purpose of Title IX and its impact on college sports and on female student-athletes.
  • The Revolution (or Revelation) of Title IX: Applying the law to sexual harassment on campus

  • 11:50
  • Lunch

  • 12:35
  • The Impact of Antitrust Law on Professional Sports
  • Trademark, copyright, licensing, and related issues in sports
  • A brief history of NIL rights
  • How NIL compensation has transformed college sports

  • Intellectual Property Issues and the Impact of NIL Rights in College Sports
  • How antitrust law has shaped professional sports
  • Does MLB enjoy a complete antitrust exemption?

  • 2:05
  • Break

  • 2:20
  • Pro Sports Governance: Protecting the Integrity of the Game
  • The power of league commissioners
  • Players, penalties, and due process

  • Athletes, social media, and free speech
  • Growth in high school football concussion litigation
  • NFL disability cases
  • The future of Title IX due process

  • 3:50
  • Adjourn



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Gary Chester is a New Jersey attorney who has enjoyed a multi-faceted 40-year career. After becoming licensed in 1983, Gary split his time between the practice of law and reporting sports and sports law issues for WFAN Radio in New York, KMOX Radio in St. Louis , WFLA Radio in Tampa and others.  He has contributed legal analysis on sports issues to CNN, The New York Times, The Hartford Courant, The Miami Herald, The Sports Business Journal, ESPN Sportsticker, and Gary is currently a senior writer for Sports Litigation Alert, the leading online resource for sports attorneys.

Gary tried a variety of civil cases, including antitrust, products liability, and sports negligence cases, for several insurance companies and for private clients before starting his own practice in 2014. He has served as an adjunct professor at three colleges, including Montclair State University since 2008, where he teaches Sports Law, Business Law, and the Law of Hospitality and Tourism. His entertaining and dynamic continuing legal education seminars have been met with rave reviews across the country.

Gary holds a J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law and a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin. He has been conducting national CLE programs since 2014.


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