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On Friday, November 11th the Brooklyn Leisure and Sports activities Regulation Society and the Mental Property Regulation Affiliation hosted the second annual Brooklyn Regulation Faculty Sports activities Regulation Symposium. The symposium theme was “Sports activities Mental Property in a Time of Disruption” and had many college students, college, practitioners, household and buddies in attendance. The occasion was an excellent success and BESLS and IPLA are already excited for subsequent 12 months!

The day of panels concluded with a keynote dialog between Professor Jodi Balsam and Tim Slavin (Managing Director and Chief Authorized Officer of OneTeam Companions). Tim offered nice perception into his profession, the work of OneTeam, and the longer term for athletes and sports activities attorneys.

Tim Slavin is the Managing Director and Chief Authorized Officer of OneTeam Companions, LLC. OneTeam was shaped in 2020 by the Nationwide Soccer League Gamers Affiliation, Main League Baseball Gamers Affiliation and RedBird Capital Companions. In lower than three years, Redbird exited with the enterprise valued at $1.9Billion. OneTeam has develop into a number one international sports activities licensing, advertising, media and funding firm representing the industrial pursuits of greater than 10,000 gamers of the NFLPA, MLBPA, MLSPA, U.S. Ladies’s Nationwide Crew PA, WNBPA, NWSLPA, U.S. Rugby PA, and the LCSPA, in addition to school athletes.

A founding government, Tim leads varied initiatives to develop present and new income alternatives and manages company-wide authorized issues. Previous to his present place, he was the President of MLB Gamers, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of the MLBPA. In that position, he guided gamers of their industrial relationships with Main League Baseball, licensees, sponsors, brokers and different strategic companions. Tim has been acknowledged as a member of the Sports activities Enterprise Journal’s Forty Underneath 40 and was additionally featured in a number one sports activities journal as a “rising government serving to to form the following period of baseball enterprise.”

After discussing Tim’s spectacular experiences and the way he acquired the place he’s in the present day, the dialog continued with some perception into the world of group licensing and athlete publicity rights. Given an increase in alternatives (media, merchandise, memorabilia, fan experiences, and so on.), Tim highlighted how vital it’s that athletes have an actual seat on the negotiating desk. Whereas previously athletes have been typically left to give attention to their sports activities profession and have been missed within the enterprise world, the elevated energy of participant unions, the work of OneTeam, and the accessibility of data has propelled athletes into a strong position in negotiations about their rights. By offering athletes and unions with sources, uniting the targets of athletes throughout varied leagues, and exploiting new income alternatives, Tim and OneTeam usually are not solely getting athletes a seat on the desk, however a considerable voice as effectively.

General, Tim defined how the rise in alternatives for athletes can even result in alternatives for attorneys within the discipline. By uniting forces, embarking on artistic initiatives, and understanding the evolution of the sports activities enterprise, the longer term for athletes and sports activities attorneys is shiny!

BESLS, IPLA and everybody in attendance wish to thank Professor Balsam and Tim Slavin for such an attention-grabbing dialog to conclude an excellent day of panels.

Written by: Daniel Erber
Daniel is a 2023 J.D. Candidate at Brooklyn Regulation Faculty