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Sports Law Panel Announced for PSSBC 23

The Penn State Sports Business Conference is thrilled to announce that we have four compelling speakers who will be presenting a keynote on Sports Law next week.

Joining us will be Hannah Valente. She achieved a remarkable feat by becoming one of the youngest Certified NBA, WNBA, and FIBA Agents at the age of 23. Currently, she serves as an Associate Agent at Raymond Representation, where she skillfully negotiates NIL opportunities for the agency's clients on a daily basis. She graduated from Elon Law last year receiving her J.D. She undertook a Residency-In-Practice program with the High Point University Athletic Compliance Office during her time there. Valente also gained valuable experience in the legal aspects of the sports industry while interning for the General Counsel's office at MetLife.

Valente's passion for Sports Management started at a young age when she successfully advocated for the inclusion of girls on the all-boys track team at her school. She continued her efforts by becoming the first female head manager for her school's varsity boys' basketball team. During her time as a student at Providence College, where she pursued dual degrees in Health Policy & Management and Theology, she served as a manager for the Providence College Men's Basketball Team for four years. Valente's expertise in her field of work is evident in the dedication she has brought to her organizations for over a decade now.

Also joining us will be Dan Lust. Lust is an attorney for the law firm of Moritt Hock & Hamroff based in New York, where he provides legal counsel and representation on both transactional and litigation matters to a wide range of clients, including athletes, agents, businesses, and schools, with a focus on issues specific to both professional and amateur sports. Lust is a highly visible figure in the sports industry, frequently appearing on television and radio programs throughout the United States. He is a regular contributor to national media outlets such as ESPN, Fox Sports, USA Today, Fox Business, Front Office Sports, The Athletic, CBS Sports, and MSG Networks. His insights and commentary on sports law issues are highly regarded by his peers and the media alike.

Lust also serves as an adjunct professor of Sports Law at Fordham Law School and New York Law School. Lust served as the Public Relations Coordinator for the New York Giants, and currently holds a position as an Advisor for the “IL Pro Bono Project.” Lust obtained his J.D. degree from Fordham University and his bachelor's degree from Union College.

Bob Boland will also be on the panel. After spending many years at Penn State as Athletics Integrity Officer at Penn State University, Boland became a full-time faculty member at Seton Hall Law School, instructing sports law, hospitality, and gaming law courses. This role was created to ensure that Penn State's Athletic Department, which generated over $180 million in annual revenue and employed more than 350 people, complied with all legal standards and rules set forth by the NCAA and Big Ten. Boland held reporting responsibilities to both the President and the Board of Trustees. He also lectured at Penn State’s law school for five years.

Prior to Penn State, he was the Director of MBA & Master of Sports Administration Programs & Professor of Sports Administration at Ohio University for two years. He was also a Professor of Sports Management & Law/Academic Chair at New York University where he helped accomplish enrollment growth, improvements in student satisfaction, and more. In addition, Boland was the owner and principal of GAME a Sports Representation and Consulting firm. He received his bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and his J.D. from Samford University.

Lastly, John Nucci will also join us. Nucci currently is an Associate Attorney Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP where he focuses on various areas including commercial transactions, corporate governance, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, sports law, and other legal matters pertaining to businesses. Having graduated with honors, he earned his J.D. from Penn State Law and his B.A. in Public Justice with highest honors from SUNY Oswego. At Penn State, he served as a legal intern and was also a sports law research assistant to Professor Steve Ross. His work has been featured on Front Office Sports, Barstool Sports, Sports Business Journal, ESPN Radio, iHeartRadio, and Sportsnet. Nucci interred at the United States Senate and was the Director of Marketing and Sales at Battlefield Collection Inc. We are eagerly looking forward to witnessing and discovering the beneficial contributions that Nucci will bring to the table.

The Penn State Sports Business Conference team is filled with anticipation to hear from each of the four speakers. Their unique perspectives on sports law are most definitely worth seeing in person.

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