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Getting an Edge: What Can Law Teach Sport and Sport Teach Law(yers)?

October 27, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 5:15 pm

| Free

New York Law School will host an all-day, non-traditional symposium: Getting an Edge: What Can Law Teach Sport and Sport Teach Law(yers)? moderated by Professor Robert Blecker, a leading commentator during the NFL’s “Deflategate” controversy who also covered the 2016 Olympics for the Observer. Professor Blecker’s op-ed on President Trump and the NFL, “What Football Needs Is Another Teddy Roosevelt,” ran last week in the Wall Street Journal.

The group, which will include Marc Lasry ’84, Principal Owner of the Milwaukee Bucks, and other leading philosophers of sport, including an Olympic silver medalist, will engage in unscripted, informal, and occasionally contentious give-and-take among themselves and with the audience, frequently interrupted and spurred to react to video clips of notorious and controversial moments from professional sport and the Olympics.

Paul Gaffney, Associate Professor of Philosophy, St. John’s University
R. Scott Kretchmar, Professor Emeritus of Exercise and Sport Science, Penn State University
Marc Lasry ’84, Principal Owner, Milwaukee Bucks; Chairman, CEO, and Co-Founder, Avenue Capital Group
John S. Russell, Professor of Philosophy, Langara College
Angela J. Schneider, Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Western Ontario; 1984 Olympic Silver Medalist in Rowing

10:30 a.m. (Introduction)—The Appropriate Balance Between Cooperation and Competition:
Wisdom from the Ancients
10:50 a.m.—Cheating: Good Gamesmanship or Poor Sportsmanship?
12:00 p.m.—Referees vs. Judges: “Law and Order” or “Let ’em Play”?
1:10 p.m. (Lunch)—An Owner’s Perspective: Marc Lasry ’84 Speaks with Professor Blecker
2:40 p.m.—Penalties: Punishments or Prices?
3:50 p.m.—What Can Sport and Law(yers) Teach Each Other?
5:15 p.m.—Reception

The event is free, but space is limited. RSVP is required to www.nyls.edu/GettingAnEdge. Dress is casual.


October 27, 2017
10:30 am - 5:15 pm
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New York Law School
185 West Broadway
New York, New York 10013

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