April 18, 2018 | By Jeremy Evans
On Saturday, April 14, students from Pepperdine’s Graziadio Business School and Pepperdine Law joined forces to compete in the 5th Annual Game Day Sports Competition hosted by The Center for Management of Enterprise in Media, Entertainment & Sports at UCLA Anderson School of Management and The Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law at Villanova University School of Law. Samantha Norton (MBA ’18), Christina Jennings (MBA ’18), Calvin Jonker (JD ’19), and Jeremy M. Evans (LLM ’18) earned second place in this year’s competition.
The Game Day Sports Case Competition is the only sports case competition that brings together MBA and JD/LLM students to take a multidisciplinary approach in analyzing, presenting, and negotiating solutions to real-world legal and business problems. Teams competed for a total of $10,000 in prizes. Winners were selected by a blue-ribbon panel of senior executives and industry professionals who are leading and shaping the future of the sports industry.
The Game Day Sports Case Competition is a one-of-a-kind competition in which business and law students have the opportunity to collaborate. The competition includes four rounds: the first consisting of a client consulting/business presentation and the second through fourth a “round-robin” style focused on negotiations between teams.
The Pepperdine team represented the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers in the competition in a broadcast television deal negotiation with Fox Sports. Pepperdine University Graziadio Business School’s Samantha Norton and Christina Jennings presented in round one to a panel of four judges on the business and analytical aspects of a potential deal with Fox Sports. The law school’s Calvin Jonker and Jeremy M. Evans negotiated the deal in rounds two, three, and four.
With eight total teams competing, Pepperdine competed against Indiana University, the London School of Business, and the University of Virginia. First place was awarded to the London School of Business, and Pepperdine and Virginia tied for second place. All three finalist teams were awarded prize money.
Former San Diego Padres Owner Jeff Moorad and Columnist Andrew Brandt were just two of the distinguished judges in attendance.