Sports Law

Ethics Of Sports Award Presented To Jim Thompson Of Positive Coaching Alliance; Agenda For Concussion Symposium Finalized

Santa Clara University's Institute of Sports Law and Ethics (ISLE), of which Manatt is a Charter Sponsor, presented its first Ethics of Sports (ETHOS) Award May 1 to Jim Thompson, the founder of the Positive Coaching Alliance. The gala dinner, which was attended by such sports luminaries as Ronnie Lott and Brent Jones of Super Bowl winning San Francisco '49'er teams, was described in an article in the most recent issue of Bronco Sports, the publication of Santa Clara University's Athletic Department. "As the article indicates," said Ron Katz, Chair of Manatt's Sports Law Practice Group, Chair of ISLE, and an ISLE Silver Sponsor, "the dinner was an excellent reflection of the values of Santa Clara University and, I might add, of Manatt." Other ISLE Charter Sponsors include the San Francisco '49'ers, the Oakland A's and the San Jose Sharks.

ISLE's next event will be its Fourth Annual Sports Law and Ethics Symposium, which will be on the important and controversial subject of concussions. The Symposium will bring together professionals from the worlds of law, medicine, ethics and sports to discuss this subject from every angle. The keynote addresses will be given by Alan Schwarz of the New York Times, who has written dozens of seminal articles on concussions, and Jeff Miller, Senior Vice President of the NFL for Health and Safety Policy.

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