The director of Villanova University School of Law’s new Sports Law Center may look familiar to football fans. The school has tapped ESPN football analyst and attorney Andrew Brandt to run its Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for Sports Law.
Brandt has had the career that sports-nut lawyers dream about. He represented top-flight athletes including Michael Jordan and Patrick Ewing as a sports agent at ProServ Inc. before becoming general manager of the Barcelona Dragons — a team in the National Football League’s World League — in 1990.
Brandt later returned to the sports agency world to represent a professional football players including Ricky Williams and Matt Hasselbeck. From 1999 to 2008, he was vice president of the Green Bay Packers, where he negotiated player contracts.
These days Brandt offers commentary about NLF business matters on an array of ESPN programs, including SportsCenter and NLF Live, while writing a weekly column for the channel’s website.
Brandt teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on negotiation and sports law at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.
“As an industry insider, Andrew knows the field of sports law like few others and we’re thrilled to welcome him to the team,” said Villanova dean John Gotanda. “His professional success is an outstanding example of how our students can parlay their legal backgrounds into exciting and diverse careers in sports.”
Brandt will oversee the center, which was established earlier this year with a $5 million donation from Villanova law alumni Jeffrey Moorad; teach sports law classes; coordinate speakers and symposia; and manage the center’s sports law internship program.
“The opportunity to create and mold the Moorad Center from the ground up is an exciting new challenge,” Brandt said. “Jeffrey and Dean Gotanda’s interests in someone with practical experience to lead the program aligned nicely with my current r oles.”
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