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A Town Hall Discussion on Ed O’Bannon v. NCAA and the Future of College Athletics

A Town Hall Discussion on Ed O'Bannon v. NCAA and the Future of College Athletics

Panel on the O'Bannon v. NCAA Case and the Future of College Athletics


This event is co-sponsored by the UNH Law and Sports Illustrated. Contact:

The town hall will feature some of the most influential and insightful people in the business and law of college sports.

Ed O'Bannon's class action lawsuit against the NCAA could radically change college sports as we know it. Through legal arguments sounding in intellectual property and antitrust, O'Bannon contends that current and former Division I men's basketball and football players be paid for their image and likeness on television broadcasts, video games, trading cards, apparel and other commercial ventures. 

The lawsuit has grown since its filing in 2009 to include a similar suit filed by Sam Keller. The parties await a decision from U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken on class certification. The plaintiffs recently negotiated a settlement with two other defendants–Electronic Arts and Collegiate Licensing Company–leaving a litigation show-down between O'Bannon's team and the NCAA.

The University of New Hampshire School of Law–consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as having one of the nation's top 10 intellectual property programs and now ranked #5 among the 15 ABA-accredited law schools in New England (after Yale, Harvard, Boston College & Boston University) for students being hired to full-time, long-term bar admission required jobs–and Sports Illustrated proudly team up to provide the public with a town hall on the case and its implications for athletes, universities, corporations, and fans.



B.J. Schecter

B.J. Schecter, Executive Editor of Sports Illustrated and Sports journalism professor at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.


Charles Grantham

Charles Grantham is the former Executive Director of the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA). He was an architect of the revenue-sharing business model while protecting the NBA’s greatest asset—its players. Currently, he is a sports business consultant and an Adjunct Professor at Seton Hall University’s Stillman School of Business and New York University where he teaches at the graduate level on collective bargaining and dispute resolution in professional sports.

Michael McCann

Michael McCann, Director of the Sports and Entertainment Law Institute at UNH Law.  Legal Analyst and Writer at Sports Illustrated &

Alan Milstein

Alan Milstein, Shareholder at Sherman Silverstein in New Jersey, Milstein is one of the nation's leading litigators in both sports and bioethics.  Milstein has litigated on behalf of Allen Iverson, Carmelo Anthony, Eddy Curry, Allen Houston, Maurice Clarett & other sports figures.

Alexandra Roberts

Alexandra Roberts, then Executive Director of UNH Law's Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property and a professor of entertainment law and trademark law. Roberts is a former intellectual property litigator at Ropes & Gray in Boston and New York.


Marty Scarano

Marty Scarano, University of New Hampshire Athletic Director in his 14th season,  National Association of College Directors of Athletics "AD of the Year" in 2007.  During Scarano’s tenure, UNH teams have made 44 NCAA postseason appearances and captured 14 conference titles. Those teams have also achieved one of the best graduation rates among NCAA members.

Pete Thamel

Pete Thamel, Senior Writer of Sports Illustrated. Thamel reports on college basketball and football, and has written extensively on how colleges recruit high school athletes. He also conducts investigative reporting, including on the Aaron Hernandez murder case. Prior to joining Sports Illustrated in 2012, Thamel was a writer for the New York Times, which nominated him for a Pulitzer Prize in 2006.

Sonny Vaccaro

Sonny Vaccaro, Leading advocate for rights of college athletes and an unpaid adviser to Ed O'Bannon's legal team. Founding Chairman of The Roundball Classic and ABCD camp.  While a marketing executive at Nike, Vaccaro signed Michael Jordan to his first major endorsement package.

* A complete recording of the town hall is provided by UNH Law's Sports and Entertainment Law Institute and available here.

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