Miami Team Takes First Place in Sports Case Competition

April 29, 2019

By Robert Wagenseil

Two Miami Business School students were on the first place team at the Sixth Annual Game Day Case Competition, hosted by Villanova Law and UCLA Anderson School of Management. The Miami team comprised of Miami Business School MBA candidates DJ Mahoney and Denzell Turner, along with Miami Law School students Freddy Kasten (3L) and Charles Andrew Huffman (2L), received $5,000 for winning first place.

The competition took a multidisciplinary approach to analyzing, presenting and negotiating solutions to real-world legal and business problems.

Denzell Turner, a first year full-time MBA student, is passionate about protecting players’ rights and interests during their “short window to capitalize in their career.” He earned his undergraduate degree in communication studies from the University of Michigan and has a career focus in sports, entertainment and marketing.

DJ Mahoney, a second year MBA student focusing on real estate and finance, was inspired to participate in the competition by Andrew Brandt, visiting professor of sports law and business at UM and executive director of the Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law at Villanova Law School.

“It was a cool opportunity to do a quick, deep dive into a company and come up with what they thought was a creative, out of the box solution,” said Mahoney. “I went into this looking forward most to the negotiation side but came out really appreciating the business plan pitch."

The Sixth Annual Game Day Case Competition, hosted by Villanova Law and UCLA Anderson School of Management, is the only sports case competition of its kind. JD and MBA students from around the country came together to compete, taking a multidisciplinary approach to analyzing, presenting and negotiating solutions to real-world legal and business problems.

Teams were comprised of three to five students and must have had at least one JD student and one MBA student. Prizes for the competition totaled $10,000. Winners were selected by a panel of senior executives and industry professionals who are leading and shaping the future of the sports industry. For more information, click here.
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