Conference to promote non-athletic careers in sport

You don’t have to be athletic to work in professional sports, say organizers of a conference on campus this weekend.

The Entertainment Law Society is teaming up with human kinetics to host the UWin Sports Conference, Saturday, March 16, in the CAW Student Centre’s Ambassador Auditorium.

Panels will discuss topics ranging from social media and marketing to sports in the courts, player representation and management. Organizers hope to provide a professional environment that will encourage delegates to engage in free discussion.

Law student Amanda Fowler is very excited about the 17 guest speakers lined up: “They range in age from their 20s right to older, more experienced guests.”

They include Dale Lastman, director for Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment; Gord Kirke, renowned Canadian sports lawyer and agent; and Windsor Spitfires  president Bob Boughner, who played in the National Hockey League for over a decade.

“It is so wide ranging, and there is such a variety of information that there is something for everyone,” said Fowler.

This is the third annual conference organized by the Entertainment Law Society, following one each on the film and music industries.

Matt Kane, another of the event’s organizers, said they keep getting better: “We’ve had better funding this year in terms of support and consent.”

The conference is open to student in all disciplines and registration is free. To register, send an e-mail to and confirm your place. Find conference details, including speaker biographies and a full schedule, on its website.

— by Jess Craymer

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