Speaking Engagement

Balancing School Involvement and Athlete Autonomy in NIL


College Football Hall of Fame
250 Marietta St NW
Atlanta, GA

Blank Rome partner Andrew K. Fletcher and associate Christopher Cody Wilcoxson will serve as panelists for the INFLCR NIL Summit, being held June 3 through 5, 2023, at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, Georgia.

Andy and Cody’s session, “Balancing School Involvement and Athlete Autonomy in NIL,” will take place on Sunday, June 4, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m., and they will be joined on the panel by David Frisbey, Senior Manager at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, and Damon Phillips, Senior Vice President at NBC Sports Group.


Name, image, or likeness (“NIL”) has been labeled as the “Wild West” because of the lack of uniform guidance and rules on how schools should approach their role in assisting student-athletes in maximizing their off-the-field opportunities. A panel of leading legal professionals will discuss how administrators and coaches can ensure that their employer’s best interests are protected regardless of what their state law says, or doesn't, when it comes to working with third-party entities who are engaging in transactions with their student-athletes.


The NIL Summit was created for a singular purpose: To Democratize College Athletics. Built by student-athletes, for student-athletes, the NIL Summit is an immersive multi-day professional development experience and gathering place for college sports’ most important stakeholders to share cutting-edge ideas, discover new interests, and learn how to maximize name, image, or likeness (“NIL”) opportunities to build their brands and amplify their voices.

Whether it’s hearing from the world’s foremost celebrity influencers, being inspired by their favorite pro-athlete turned business mogul, or having the opportunity to collaborate with like-minded professionals who want to shape the future of college athletics, student-athletes will leave the NIL Summit equipped with the knowledge and relationships necessary to leverage their influence to create a better future for themselves and their communities.

Blank Rome is pleased to be a Supporting Partner of the Summit.

For more information, please visit the event website.