February 26, 2016

LOS ANGELES (Feb. 26, 2016) – Students from the nation’s top business and law schools will compete on Feb. 27, 2016 in the 3rd annual Game Day Sports Case Competition, held at the UCLA Anderson School of Management and hosted in conjunction with the Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law at The Villanova University School of Law. Twelve teams from nine universities will compete in this year’s event.

In addition to the competition, the event will feature a Business of Sports panel with leaders and experts representing various companies within the sports industry. These include: Joe Furin, general manager of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and Sports Arena; Ned Colletti, special advisor to the President and former general manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers; Tim McBride, co-founder and chief operating officer of PLEDGER (Fantasy Sports); Angela La Chica, president and CEO of La Chica Sports; and Eric Johnson, ESPN’s executive vice president of global multi-media sales.

The competition was first launched in 2014 by the UCLA Anderson Center for MEMES (Management of Enterprise in Media, Entertainment and Sports) and the Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law at The Villanova University School of Law. The competition was designed to encourage greater collaboration between MBA and JD students.

"We are making efforts to prepare students to think creatively, stretch themselves beyond their comfort zone and arrive at more complete, lasting solutions,” says Moorad. “My goal is to have more complete lawyers who think more like business people, and business people who learn how to spot and identify legal issues and become better business leaders."

The Game Day Sports Case Competition was the first sports case competition that brought together MBA and JD students to take a multi-disciplinary approach to analyzing, presenting and negotiating solutions to real-world business problems. Teams will compete for $10,000 in prize money. This year’s case will focus on the Daily Fantasy Sports industry.

“Fantasy sports businesses have blossomed into a multibillion-dollar industry just in the past year,” says Sanjay Sood, MEMES director. “While it has changed the way serious fans watch major sports in America, it has also raised a host of issues, such as the potential need for regulation that will likely change the landscape of the fantasy sports world.”

Teams will make two presentations, each one before a panel of judges representing both the business and legal sides of the sports industry. The first will include their prepared analysis of the business problem and their recommendations. In the second round of presentations, teams will participate in a head-to-head, situational negotiation, before the final winners are selected.

Participating schools include: Marquette University Law School; Cornell University; University of Connecticut School of Law; Pepperdine University; UCLA Anderson School of Management; Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; Villanova University Law School; University of Virginia; USC Marshall School of Business.

About UCLA Anderson School of Management
UCLA Anderson School of Management is among the leading business schools in the world, with faculty members globally renowned for their teaching excellence and research in advancing management thinking. Located in Los Angeles, gateway to the growing economies of Latin America and Asia and a city that personifies innovation in a diverse range of endeavors, UCLA Anderson's MBA, Fully-Employed MBA, Executive MBA, Global Executive MBA for Asia Pacific, Global Executive MBA for the Americas, Master of Financial Engineering, doctoral and executive education programs embody the school's Think In The Next ethos. Annually, some 1,800 students are trained to be global leaders seeking the business models and community solutions of tomorrow. Follow UCLA Anderson on Twitter at http://twitter.com/UCLAAnderson or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/uclaanderson.

About UCLA Anderson Center for Management of Enterprise in Media, Entertainment & Sports (MEMES)
As the preeminent organization for thought leadership in media, entertainment and sports, the Center for MEMES brings together distinguished professionals, students, and researchers to explore new ideas on how companies and executives can manage and thrive in the face of transforming business models. With a unique offering of courses, leading research, industry events and an elite network, the Center for MEMES examines the increasingly complex entertainment sectors and convergence with new forms of media.

About the Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law
The Moorad Sports Law Center is one of only a handful of institutes in the US dedicated to the study of sports law. Under the leadership of respected and accomplished voices in the industry, the Center educates and inspires students to new heights in sports law and beyond. The Center aims to be a thought leader in not only sports law but also in topical issues and the changing dynamics in sports news, sports business, sports media, sports policy and more. The Center takes students, alumni and patrons behind the games to broader issues to lead the discourse and provide thoughtful and experienced analysis in the field of sports.

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