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Sports Leadership Summit to kick off Sept. 18 in NYC

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Rebecca Valli

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman '74, left, and MLB commissioner Rob Manfred '80.

The ILR School will hold its first Cornell ILR Sports Leadership Summit Sept. 18 at the Westin New York Grand Central in New York City.

The summit will celebrate innovators and trailblazers who have helped to shape the modern sports industry, as well as to create dialogue around key issues shaping the future of sports.

Headlining the event will be Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred ’80 and National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman ’74.

Among the participants will be Tracy Dolgin ’81, former president and CEO of YES Network; Michael Levine ’93, co-head, CAA Sports; Robert Gulliver ’92, executive vice president and chief HR officer, National Football League; Jim Boeheim, Syracuse University basketball coach; Mark Tatum ’91, deputy commissioner and CEO, National Basketball Association; JoAnn Neale ’91, chief administrative officer, Major League Soccer; and Kevin Boothe ’05, two-time Super Bowl champion.

“The summit will serve as a new bridge between Cornell and the sports industry and assemble a community of thought leaders and innovators in sport,” said Kevin F. Hallock, ILR’s Kenneth F. Kahn ’69 Dean and Joseph R. Rich ’80 Professor. “These incredible leaders are operating in an increasingly complex global landscape. The summit is a place for them to come together with the Cornell community and share ideas that will shape the future of sports.”

Ethics, law, leadership, pay, economics, negotiations and labor relations are themes of panels focused on the future of labor in sports; media rights negotiations; athlete wellness, ethics and law; compensation of college athletes; athletes, agents and brands; and deal making.

More information about the summit is available online.

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