College Sports Symposium

The nation’s leading university presidents, athletic directors, conference commissioners, and media and sports industry professionals will converge in Phoenix, Arizona on Apr. 3, 2017 for a symposium exploring the future of college sports. The timing of this symposium, which is being hosted by the Sports Law & Business Program at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, is not by chance. By arranging the event to coincide with the Final Four – the NCAA’s primary revenue generator – ASU Law hopes to prompt an in-depth examination of college sports, conference autonomy, the role of media rights deals in college basketball, and legal and business issues facing the NCAA. The event is free to the public, but we ask that you register ahead of time!

Sponsored by:

Sports Lawyers Association
Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie

Save the Date

Monday, April 3, 2017 8:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.


Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law Beus Center for Law & Society W. P. Carey Foundation Armstrong Great Hall 111 E Taylor St Phoenix, AZ 85004


Sam Renaut Assistant Director, Sports Law & Business Program Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law

Symposium Agenda


Monday, April 3, 2017


The Future of March Madness
8:00 – 8:30 a.m.: Registration, continental breakfast
8:30 – 8:40 a.m.:
  • Welcome Remarks
  • Rocky Harris, Chief Operating Officer, Sun Devil Athletics
8:40 – 9:35 a.m.:
  • A Conversation on Sports
  • Moderator: Abe Madkour (Sports Business Journal)
  • Gordon Gee (President, West Virginia University)
  • Renu Khator (President, University of Houston)
  • Gene Smith (Athletic Director, the Ohio State University)
9:40 – 10:40 a.m.:
  • Power of Autonomy: What the Future Holds
  • Moderator: Glenn Wong (Executive Director, Sports Law & Business Program, ASU)
  • Larry Scott (Commissioner, Pac-12 Conference)
  • Janet Judge (President, Sports Law Associates)
  • Mark Hollis (Athletic Director, Michigan State)
  • Keith Gill (Athletic Director, Richmond)
10:45 – 11:45 a.m.:
  • Media and the Madness: The Next 15 Years
  • Moderator: Abe Madkour (Sports Business Journal)
  • Gary Roberts (President, Bradley University)
  • Hania Poole (Vice-President/General Manager, NCAA Digital, Turner Sports)
  • Kenneth Shropshire (Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania)
  • Steve Smith (Basketball Analyst)