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Mark Conrad

Mark Conrad

Associate Professor
Law and Ethics
Joined Fordham: 1987
Director, Sports Business Concentration

General Information:
140 W. 62nd Street, Room 306,
New York, NY 10023

Email: conrad@fordham.edu

Biography

Mark Conrad directs the sports business concentration and is an associate professor of law and ethics at Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business. In addition to teaching sports law and the business and ethics of sports, he also has taught courses covering contracts, business organizations, and media law.

Professor Conrad’s books and articles have appeared in academic, legal, and general-circulation publications. The third edition of his book The Business of Sports — Off the Field, In the Office, On the News was published by Routledge in 2017. Prior editions have been cited in leading journals as among the most comprehensive texts on the subject.

In addition to his full-time responsibilities at Fordham, Professor Conrad has lectured at leading sports business and law programs, including Columbia University’s sports management program and at St. John’s University’s LLM program in international sports practice. He has appeared on panels at Duke, Fordham, Cardozo, and the University of Virginia Law Schools. He was president of the Sport and Recreation Law Association from 2014 to 2015 and is serving as president of the Alliance for Sport Business from 2016 through 2018. He has been asked to advise international programs in sports and communications.

Professor Conrad has been quoted in The New York Times, Boston Globe, and Chicago Tribune and has appeared on CNN and Bloomberg TV. He holds a BA from City College of New York and a JD from New York Law School. He also received an MS from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. He resides in New York City.

Education

  • JD: New York Law School
  • Master's: MS, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
  • Bachelor's: BA, CUNY (City College)

Research Interests

  • Sports Law
  • Sports Governance and Ethics
  • Media Law
  • Intellectual Property Law

Publications

Books:

  • The Business of Sports: Off the Field, In the Office, On the News, Routledge / Taylor & Francis, 2017.
  • The Business of Sports: A Primer for Journalists, 2nd Edition, Routledge / Taylor & Francis, 2011.
  • The Business of Sports: A Primer for Journalists, Lawrence Erlbaum Publishers, 2006.

Articles:

Academic Journal Articles

  • A New First Amendment Goal Line Defense – It’s Time to Stop the Right of Publicity Offensive, 39 N. Ohio L. Rev. 746 (2014)
  • The New Paradigm for American Broadcasting – Changing the Content Regulation Regimen in the Age of New Media, 26 International Review of Computers, Law and Technology 241 (November  2010)
  • The Right of Publicity in the Digital Age – Doctrinal Tensions, Common Law Theories and
  •  Proposals for Solutions, Computer Law and Security Report, 24 Computer Law & Security Report 407 (2008).
  • Fleeting Expletives” and Sports Broadcasts: A Legal Nightmare Needs a Safe Harbor, 18 Sports & Recreation Law Journal 175 (2008)

Articles for Practitioners and the General Public

  • The Supreme Court Tackles Disparaging Trademarks – Will the Washington Redskins Win on First Amendment Grounds?, Sports Litigation Alert, March 31, 2017
  • The FCC’s Latest ‘Net Neutrality’ Proposal and the Potential Effects on Sports Streaming (Part 2) – Sports Litigation Alert, June 26, 2014
  • The FCC’s Latest ‘Net Neutrality’ Proposal and the Potential Effects on Sports Streaming (Part 1) – Sports Litigation Alert, June 12, 2014
  • Twitter Bans: The Lurking First Amendment Questions, Sports Litigation Alert, December 14, 2012
  • Federal Appeals Court Upholds Ban on Tobacco Sponsorships of Sports Events, Sports Litigation Alert, June 1, 2012
  • The High Court Takes on the Single Entity Question – The NFL”s Prognosis for Success, Sports Litigation Alert, Feb. 12, 2010