Ex-NFL exec heads Villanova sports law center

Posted: September 15, 2012

Andrew Brandt, a lawyer, former NFL team executive and ESPN commentator, has been named director of the Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law at Villanova University Law School.

Brandt will oversee activities of the sports law center, teach classes and lead seminars, and coordinate a sports law internship program, among other responsibilities, the law school said.

"Andrew Brandt brings the perfect blend of sports industry and legal expertise to his new role," said John Y. Gotanda, the law school dean.

Brandt currently serves as an NFL business analyst for ESPN and as a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, where he teaches graduate and undergraduate classes in sports law and negotiation. He said he would continue in those roles.

Brandt will focus on giving law students the background and training to help them pursue careers in the sports world.

"My role is to provide practical guidance and insight," he said. "There is no formula. You have to find your own way, and I tell every student that what you have to do is separate yourself from the masses. Hopefully, my program can be a way for students to separate themselves."

Brandt, 52, is a graduate of Stanford University and the Georgetown University Law Center. As an employee of ProServ Inc., he represented high-profile athletes such as Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing and Boomer Esiason. In 1990, he was named general manager of the Barcelona Dragons in the NFL's World League. From 1999 to 2008, he was vice president of the Green Bay Packers, and in that role negotiated player contracts.

He lives in Gladwyne with his wife, Lisa, and two sons.

Contact Chris Mondics at 215-854-5957 or cmondics@phillynews.com.

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