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255.4 sec. 001 - Representing Professional Athletes (Fall 2021)

Instructor: Greg Genske  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Units: 1
Grading Designation: Credit Only
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


Tu 3:35 PM - 5:25 PM
Location: Law 10
From August 17, 2021
To October 19, 2021

Course Start: August 17, 2021
Course End: October 19, 2021
Class Number: 31692

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 16
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 30
As of: 01/25 05:06 PM

In this course, we will focus on the agency relationship, the representation of amateur and professional athletes and the issues lawyers representing athletes face in professional practice. While I will endeavor to cover athlete representation across a wide range of sports, the course will be based primarily on representing current and prospective professional athletes in Major League Baseball and the National Football League. The Course will use some text material, but the weekly reading, class lectures, and discussion will draw primarily from my experiences and expertise as a practitioner and current events in the sports world.

This course will have 7 class meetings. To allow for a makeup classes because of unforeseen circumstances this course has 3 automatic make-up classes scheduled. Students must be able to attend all 10 scheduled meetings to earn credit.

Genske was born and raised in Southern California, where he attended Pepperdine University, receiving his B.S. in Business Administration. He subsequently received his J.D. from renowned University of California at Berkeley School of Law, where he now teaches courses on sports law, representing professional athletes and negotiations. Prior to entering the sports industry, he practiced with leading national law firms as a trial attorney and also negotiated multi-million-dollar transactions on behalf of emerging growth and Fortune 500 companies.

Genske is a lawyer and Major League Baseball Players Association certified player representative. In July 2020, Genske merged his GEM Agency with Gary Vaynerchuk’s VaynerSports to create VaynerBaseball. Genske serves as VaynerBaseball’s CEO and oversees all of VaynerSports’ baseball player representation activities. In October 2019, Genske launched the GEM Agency in partnership with Hicks Equity Partners, the private equity arm of Tom Hicks and his family. Prior to launching GEM, Genske was Executive Director and President of Baseball for The Legacy Agency. Since 2015, Genske has served as a law professor at the University of California-Berkeley, his alma mater, teaching classes on sports law, representing professional athletes and negotiations. In 2009, Genske was named to Sports Business Daily’s prestigious 40 under 40 list.

Exam Notes: (TH) Take-home examination
Course Category: Business Law

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