CBA to Host Combat Sports Law Seminar

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The Canadian Bar Association will be hosting a combat sports law seminar on March 24, 2014 in Toronto.  The curriculum will focus largely on MMA and legal issues relating to the regulation of the sport.  Below are the program details:


Mixed Martial Arts (“MMA”) is one of the fastest growing sports in the world.  It is also one of the most highly regulated.  Increased media exposure has brought with it increased attention to the medical, safety, regulatory and legal issues that exist in this and other full-contact professional sports, including the NHL and NFL.  Gain an essential understanding of the key legal issues, including:

  • The regulatory structure for combat sports and how it differs from other sports
  • Why MMA is potentially safer than other full-contact sports
  • How existing and ongoing medical studies on early detection, treatment and prevention of brain injuries are influencing the legal issues at play
  • Implications of the recent amendments to the Criminal Code of Canada  for combative sports
  • Other fundamental legal issues involved in professional sports

Join our expert panel of sports lawyers in a “Town-Hall” style forum to learn about this exciting area of sports law.

Program Chairs

Layth Gafoor, Lucentem Sports & Entertainment Law PC


Michael Mersch, Senior Vice-President of Athlete Relations, Business and Legal Affairs for Zuffa LLC dba, Ultimate Fighting Championship®
David Goldstein, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

Program Details

Date: Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Agenda: 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm Registration & Cash Bar
6:00 pm – 6:30 pm Buffet Dinner
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm Program followed by Q & A period
Location: Twenty Toronto Street Conferences and Events
20 Toronto Street, 2nd Floor | Toronto, ON | M5C 2B8

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