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The 8th Annual National Sports Law Competition was a Success!

April 5, 2019

The 8th Annual National Sports Law Competition was a resounding success. Hosted as always by Thomas Jefferson School of Law, this was the first competition at the school’s new state of the art facility at 701 B Street in Downtown San Diego. Thirty-two teams from more than 25 law schools located all across the country competed before over 30 lawyer/judges from the San Diego legal community. The teams negotiated problems that addressed the scheduling of non-conference big time college football games, sports gambling, and in the final round, bringing a professional soccer team to San Diego. After a grueling day of negotiation on Saturday, March 30, teams from St. Mary’s Law School in Texas, Cardozo Law School in New York and two Southern California teams from Southwestern and Chapman law schools emerged as the four finalists. On Sunday, March 31, an actual San Diego State University negotiator involved in the process of trying to bring Major League Soccer to San Diego served as a judge for the final round. And Chapman Law School’s team ultimately prevailed. Photo: The winning teams and judges, including Interim Dean Linda Keller and Professor Steve Semeraro.