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WELCOME TO THE VILLANOVA SPORTS LAW SOCIETY BLOG

The mission of the Villanova Sports Law Blog is to provide students and professionals with a forum to analyze and discuss the current and evolving dynamics across the sports landscape, including legal issues and hot-button topics as they arise. The Villanova Sports Law Blog works in conjunction with the Villanova Sports Law Society and as part of the Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law.

Meet the Executive Board

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Morgan Evans

Editor in Chief

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Morgan Evans is a 3L at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. She is from Reading, PA and previously attended Temple University where she received her bachelor of the arts in psychology and minor in general business studies. Morgan was a competitive gymnast for over ten years and still coaches recreationally and is an avid Pittsburgh Penguins fan. She currently works at UDG Healthcare, plc in their legal department.

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Ryan Murphy

Contributing Editor

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Ryan is a 2L JD/MBA candidateat Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. He is from Miami, Florida and played football for four years at Trinity College, where he earned a B.S. in Economics and served as the sports editor of the Trinity Tripod. Ryan earned a masters degree in Sports Administration from the University of Miami, and has worked as a communications intern for the Miami Dolphins and a student manager for the University of Miami women’s basketball team.

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Dani Bland

Deputy Editor in Chief

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Dani is a 2L fellow with the Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law at Villanova Law. She was a 12-time NCAA All-American in track and field at Emory University major-ing in Political Science. 

Dani represented athletes, coaches, and national governing bodies in sports litigation. She was a semi-finalist at Tulane’s 2021 MLB salary arbitration competition, and she was published in Football Legal, an international sports law journal. Dani is passionate about athlete advocacy and looks forward to combining her athletic background with her legal education

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Ian Daniels

Contributing Editor

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Ian is a 2L JD/MBA Candidate from Whitehall, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Penn State with a degree in Marketing, including a focus in Sports Marketing. Ian has experience working in Sales and NFL agency and plans to combine his knowledge of business, law, and sports as an agent himself. It is his hope that the intersection of these fields will allow him to represent and advocate for players in both their professional and entrepreneurial lives

Meet the Staff Writers

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Dante Camilli

Dante is a 1L at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law from Bridgeton, New Jersey. He graduated from the Rutgers Camden School of Business in 2020 with a degree in Management and a Marketing minor while being a member of the University baseball team. Dante has worked as a regional director for Perfect Game events in the Northeast, scouting and evaluating baseball talent. Despite having a baseball rich background, Dante is passionate about all things sports and hopes to combine that with his law career to work in agency or team representation. 

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Amanda Daoud

Amanda is a 1L here at the Charles Widger School of Law from Coldwater, Michigan. She graduated from The University of Alabama with a double major in sports communications and business. While there, she worked as a runner for SEC on CBS. Her favorite college football memory was watching Tua Tagovailoa throw the 2nd and 26 touchdown pass to DeVonta Smith, allowing Alabama to win the 2018 National Championship Game in overtime. After law school, she hopes to work for a sports agency or in the collegiate sports industry.

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Emily Rollo

Emily is a first-year law student from Haddonfield, NJ. She was a 7-time NCAA All-American in swimming at Washington and Lee University. She coached college swimming for the past three years at Washington College and Catholic University, and received her master’s degree in Management and Leadership from Catholic. She is passionate about the student-athlete experience and collegiate sports industry and hopes to pursue a career in this field after law school. 

Nathan Coffing

Nathan is a first-year law student from Newark, Delaware. He graduated from the University of Delaware with a B.S. in Sport Management. At UD, Nathan worked with the coaching staff of the men's basketball team, developing systems to evaluate player and lineup efficiencies on both ends of the floor. After law school, he would like to pursue a career in professional basketball where he can assist in using the power of sports to bring about meaningful social change.

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Matt Dacey

Matt Dacey is a 1L at the Villanova Law from Wyckoff, NJ. Matt graduated from the University of Richmond with a degree in leadership studies and competed for the Spiders baseball team. He is one of three players in Atlantic 10 history to lead the conference in home runs in consecutive years and represented Richmond in the 2014 TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby televised on ESPN. Matt was selected in the 21st round of the 2015 MLB First-Year Player Draft by the Tampa Bay Rays and enjoyed a five-year professional baseball career. With personal experience of negotiating his own professional contract, Matt hopes to utilize his playing career and legal education to develop a future in sports law.

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Tyler Kaestner

Tyler is a 1L from Ocala, Florida. He graduated from Florida State. Tyler played high school football and additionally participated in recreation leagues for every major sport. His favorite teams include the Colts, Heat, and Yankees.

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Joey Frio

Joey Frio is a 2L JD candidate at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. He is from Broomall, Pennsylvania and attended Villanova University, where he earned a B.A. in Communications and English. He has worked for the football agents at Enter-Sports Management for six years and contributes NFL draft prospect scouting reports and NFL player contract analysis to the NFL Draft Bible publication through Sports Illustrated.

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Luke Pacifici

Luke is a 1L at the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. Originally from Simi Valley, California, he graduated from Boise State University with a B.B.A. in International Business with a minor in Spanish for Business. Luke is a big soccer fan who always prefers watching the European leagues. After law school, Luke would like to combine his international business and legal educations to work for a professional soccer team either in the United States or abroad.   

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Alec Fante

Alec is a 1L at the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. Originally from Hainesport, NJ, he graduated from the University of Delaware with his bachelor’s  in finance and a minor in political science. Alec has played sports his whole life, particularly baseball, basketball, and golf. His favorite teams are the Eagles and Phillies. After law school, Alec would like to combine his passion for sports with his legal background to help represent sports teams or other related work.

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Sami Pulley

While earning her B.A. in political science at Boston University, Sami was a member of the Women’s Ice Hockey team. After BU, she became the Recruiting Coordinator and Assistant Coach for Manhattanville College's Women’s Ice Hockey. Sami earned an M.S. in sport business management. Sami continued to develop and recruit for multiple athletic programs. As a 2L at Villanova Law, Sami is a Research Assistant,  the treasurer of the Jewish Law Students Association, and on the Sports Law Society’s events committee. Sami completed a summer judicial clerkship with the Honorable Judge Daniel D. McCaffery of the Pennsylvania Superior Court. She has also completed internships with the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts and Montgomery County (PA) District Attorney’s Office. After graduation, she looks forward to pursuing a career intersecting sports and law.