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Sports and Entertainment Law Society (SELS)

Michael Shepherd (3L)

The University of Alberta’s Sports and Entertainment Law Society (SELS) is excited to see what this year will bring.

Last year marked the inaugural year for SELS, which welcomed its first seminar guest, big shot agent Ritch Winter.  The always controversial agent regaled starry-eyed students with a compelling and informative discourse on his views on life, agency, the NHL, and his take on the path to becoming one of the leagues biggest player agents, representing over 70 players.

SELS is dedicated to providing students who are interested in sports or entertainment law with a mechanism to become involved in and acquire a greater knowledge of issues in the field, as students and practicing attorneys. Whether you want to serve as a representative for an entertainment or sports figure, practice in a law firm with an entertainment or sports division, or work for an agency or sporting league – SELS is for you.

This school year marks the coming of age for the Sports and Entertainment Law Society. Following a successful first year the society will now be hosting at least one lecture series, preparing for the Hockey Arbitration Competition of Canada (HACC), as well as holding its AGM to secure an appropriate succession plan.

The HACC is hosted by the U of T’s Sports and Entertainment Law Society and is a unique event where aspiring lawyers and sports fans have the opportunity to show off their written and oral advocacy skills within the specialized context of the National Hockey League salary arbitration proceeding.  The competition will be taking place on October 18th and 19th with 32 teams from across the nation competing.

It is our honour to announce that two of our comrades and fellow sport enthusiasts, Manav Deol and Faiz-Ali Virji, will be representing the University of Alberta at the competition this year. Watch out for these two in your hockey pools this year. Save your money and join a public pool.

While not as locally controversial as last years’ case study of Sam Gagner, negotiating the contracts of Carl Gunnarsson, Chris Stewart, and Mats Zuccarello will present many interesting challenges for this years’ competitors.  In particular, the Carl Gunnarsson case study, as I’m sure teams will have difficulty overcoming the challenges created from the now missing Brian Burke coefficient of imprudence.

If you are interested in joining the Sports and Entertainment Law Society feel free to add yourself to the facebook group “Sports and Entertainment Law Society – University of Alberta”.