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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 College 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 pals in attendance. The occasion was an important success and BESLS and IPLA are already excited for subsequent yr!

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 supplied nice perception into his profession, the work of OneTeam, and the longer term for athletes and sports activities legal professionals.

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 turn out to be a number one international sports activities licensing, advertising and marketing, media and funding firm representing the business pursuits of greater than 10,000 gamers of the NFLPA, MLBPA, MLSPA, U.S. Girls’s Nationwide Staff PA, WNBPA, NWSLPA, U.S. Rugby PA, and the LCSPA, in addition to school athletes.

A founding government, Tim leads varied initiatives to develop current 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 function, he guided gamers of their business 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 many others.), Tim highlighted how vital it’s that athletes have an actual seat on the negotiating desk. Whereas previously athletes have been usually left to give attention to their sports activities profession and have been neglected within the enterprise world, the elevated energy of participant unions, the work of OneTeam, and the accessibility of knowledge has propelled athletes into a robust function in negotiations about their rights. By offering athletes and unions with assets, uniting the targets of athletes throughout varied leagues, and exploiting new income alternatives, Tim and OneTeam are usually 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 area. By uniting forces, embarking on inventive initiatives, and understanding the evolution of the sports activities enterprise, the longer term for athletes and sports activities legal professionals 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 important day of panels.

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