THE AAA® SPORTS ARBITRATION PRACTICE
CASES

Complex Business Transactions

The privacy and confidential nature of arbitration proceedings allow entities adjudication without the public exposure that can damage the fan base of athletes, organizations, and sports-related companies and translate to potential embarrassment and financial loss. Arbitration enables parties to preserve relationships and protect brand identity and reputation, as well as to minimize business disruption.

Olympic Athlete Eligibility and National Governing Body (NGB) Disputes

The Ted Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports Act of 1978 and the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) bylaws designate the AAA to administer arbitrations between the USOC and athletes or representative sports organizations regarding (1) athlete eligibility and (2) a National Governing Body’s (NGB) franchise status, or recognition as an Olympic sport.

Doping Disputes

The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) names the AAA as the administrator to resolve disputes related to proceedings under its Protocols for athletes in Olympic sports. In fact, the AAA has had a statutory designation to administer sports participation, eligibility, and doping cases for over 40 years and trains the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) arbitrators who decide sport-doping cases.

Amateur and professional sports also utilize arbitration to resolve doping and eligibility disputes. For example, the AAA administers the PGA (Professional Golfers Association) Doping and Player Integrity Programs to arbitrate appeals of violations/sanctions and the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golfers Association) doping program, as well as programs for other sports organizations.

EXPERTISE MATTERS
The AAA National Commercial Sports Panel

The panel includes attorneys, executives, professors, and former judges whose experience and expertise is steeped in athlete/agent representation, brand protection and management, eSports, executive contracts and employment matters, facility construction and use, franchise and vendor agreements, gaming and gambling, financing and team operation, professional league disputes, and more. Panelists must meet stringent minimum qualifications for consideration and are guided by the Code of Conduct for Commercial Arbitrators.

Case Management

For over 90 years, the AAA-ICDRSM has been the industry leader and world’s largest alternative dispute resolution (ADR) provider helping parties navigate the process efficiently and economically. With staff and resources in 26 U.S. cities and international offices and hearing centers, dedicated case managers ensure a smooth and trouble-free experience.

Confidentiality and Security

The security and privacy of party and case information is a top priority for the AAA-ICDR. The AAA-ICDR has implemented best practice policies, technologies, and procedures to help protect its data and technology resources. The protections we have implemented apply to all case data and equipment stored and managed on the AAA-ICDR technology infrastructure.

For more information, please contact one of the vice presidents below or fill out the form
to the right.


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Lance K. Tanaka
Vice President, AAA
Denver, CO
+1.303.831.0824  |  TanakaL@adr.org


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Andrew Barton
Vice President, AAA
San Antonio, TX
+1.210.998.5750  |  BartonA@adr.org



For more information

Please complete the form below for more information on AAA-ICDR Sports Industry Dispute Resolution:

Featured Panelists


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Catharine Biggs Arrowood
Parker Poe
North Carolina
United States

Hugh J. Bell, Jr.
Henning Mediation &
Arbitration Services, Inc.
Georgia
United States

Raymond G. Bender
Independent Arbitrator & Mediator
Washington D.C.
United States

Fred G. Bennett
Quinn Emanuel
California
United States


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Marc Borello
Independent Arbitrator & Mediator
Roquefort les Pins
France

Thomas Brewer
Independent Arbitrator
Washington
United States

Gerry F. Doyle
Doyle & Bachman
Washington D.C.
United States

Allen B. Green
Dentons
Washington D.C.
United States


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Hon. Faith S. Hochberg
Judge Hochberg ADR
New York
United States

Kathryn J. Humphrey
Dykema
Michigan
United States

Paul Klaas
Independent Arbitrator & Mediator
Minneapolis
United States

Steve Koh
Perkins Coie
Washington
United States


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Sharon L. Larkin
Larkin Ferrell
Washington D.C.
United States

Pamela Meredith
Zuckert, Scoutt & Rasenberger
Washington D.C.
United States

Elliot Polebaum
Independent Arbitrator
Washington D.C.
United States

Kara M. Sacilotto
Wiley Rein
Washington D.C.
United States


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Lawrence Schaner
Schaner Dispute Resolution
Illinois
United States

Lester Schiefelbein
Independent Arbitrator & Mediator
California
United States

Milton “Skip” Smith
Sherman & Howard
Colorado
United States

Stephen Smith
Independent Arbitrator
Colorado
United States


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Edna Sussman
Sussman ADR
New York
United States

Wolf von Kumberg
Independent Arbitrator & Mediator
London
United Kingdom

Kellye L. Walker
Huntington Ingalls Industries
Virginia
United States

Richard Ziegler
Jenner & Block
New York
United States



For more information, please contact either vice president below or fill out the form above.                                                                                   
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Steve K. Andersen, Esq.

Vice President, ICDR
Los Angeles, CA
+1.213.271.9915  |  AndersenS@icdr.org

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Andrew Barton

Vice President, AAA
San Antonio, TX
+1.210.998.5750  |  BartonA@adr.org