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Symposium 2020

Wake Forest Journal of Business and Intellectual Property Law presents its Spring Symposium:

Amateur Hour is Over: Analyzing the Impact that Changes in “Amateurism” May Have on the Business of Collegiate Sports

The Symposium will be held on Friday, February 28, 2020 from 8:45 am – 3:20 pm, in Room 401 of the Benson Center on the University’s Main Campus. In light of recent discussion of college athletes’ right to receive compensation and NCAA developments in this area, this year’s event will examine the different potential models of athlete compensation as well as the impact that athlete compensation may have on the many institutional levels involved in business of collegiate sports.

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For Attorneys: 

Attendees will receive 4.5 hours of general CLE credit.

Please contact Van Nibert, Symposium Editor, at with any questions.


8:45 AM – 9:30 AM: Welcome Breakfast & Opening

9:30 AM – 10:15 AM: Background & Legal Landscape of the NCAA and “Amateurism”

This presentation will provide the background of the NCAA’s traditional  model of “amateurism” and ways in which developments in the business of college sports has contributed to the current debate of athlete compensation.

Speaker: Professor Timothy Davis, Wake Forest University School of Law (Winston-Salem, NC)

10:15 AM – 10:25 AM: Break

10:25 AM – 11:25 AM: Athletes as Employees: Analyzing the “Pay-for-Play” Model

The panel will focus on the legal and business justifications for defining athletes as “employees” of an institution and the practical ways in which payment from an institution to an college athlete would be viable if such compensation is allowed in the future.


Jason Setchen, Athlete Defender (Miami, FL)

Michael Willemin, Wigdor LLP (New York, NY)

Moderator: Michael Grace, Kilpatrick & Townsend (Winston-Salem, NC)

11:25 – 11:45 AM: Break

11:45 – 12:45 PM: Lunch and Keynote Address: Antitrust Law and the NCAA

This keynote address will take a deeper dive into the ways in which the NCAA’s oversight of the nearly $11 billion dollar sports industry has been shielded from antitrust scrutiny under traditional notions of amateurism and the reasons why reform within the college sports industry is needed.


Marc Edelman, Professor at Zicklin School of Business; Founder of Edelman Law (New York, NY)

12:45 – 1:00 PM: Break

1:00 – 2:00 PM: Athletes as Intellectual Property: Athletes Receiving Compensation for Use of Their Names, Images, and Likenesses

This panel will examine the impacts that athletes receiving compensation from third parties seeking to use their names, images, and likenesses in marketing and advertisements will have on the landscape of sports law and the business of collegiate sports.


Stuart Paynter, Paynter Law (Washington, D.C.)

Shelia Huggins, Shelia A. Huggins, PLLC (Durham, NC)

Moderator: Simone Rose, Professor at Wake Forest University School of Law (Winston-Salem, N.C.)

2:10 – 3:10 PM: Institutional Roundtable: Analyzing the Practical Implications that Changes in Amateurism Pose to the Business of Collegiate Sports

This roundtable discussion will feature representatives from the various institutional levels responsible for adhering to NCAA rule changes, potentially including athlete compensation. This panel will discuss the ways in which athlete compensation may change the landscape of sports agency, university athletic departments, and the NCAA as a whole as well as the ripple effect that athlete compensation may generate throughout collegiate sports.


Mason Ashe, CEO of Ashe Sports and Entertainment Consulting, Inc., Professor at Wharton Business School and Howard University School of Law (Washington, D.C.);

Dr. Todd Hairston, Senior Associate Athletic Director, Compliance & Administration at Wake Forest University (Winston-Salem, NC);

Marc Edelman, Professor at Zicklin School of Business; Founder of Edelman Law (New York, NY).

Moderator: Professor Timothy Davis, Professor at Wake Forest University School of Law (Winston-Salem, NC)

3:10 – 3:20 PM: Closing Remarks