closeup photo of a football with the NFL logo on its side.

April Sports Law Round Tables

The UB Center for the Advancement of Sport and the UB Law Alumni Association present two exciting sports law round tables in April.

Both events are free and open to all alumni, students, and faculty. Registration is required for each event.  Zoom links will be sent in your registration confirmation email.

Questions? Please contact Prof. Nellie Drew at

Meet Dave Gardi: The NFL’s QB of On-field Operations

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Dave Gardi.

Dave Gardi, Senior Vice President of Football Operations, Policy and Compliance for the NFL

A lawyer and a former quarterback for Brown University, Gardi is the NFL’s gatekeeper of policies and procedures that control competitive balance on game day.  From restrictions on drones in gusty weather to verifying the PSI of the game ball, Gardi serves as a watchdog over the integrity of game policies and rules administration, protecting the game day experience.

Join us as he discusses the evolution of his career both on and off the field.

Creating the NFL Schedule: Logistics, Rivalries, Analytics & Instinct

Friday, April 22, 2022

Michael North Vice President, Broadcast Planning for the NFL.

Michael North
Vice President, Broadcast Planning for the NFL

Charlotte Carey Director of Broadcasting for the NFL.

Charlotte Carey
Director of Broadcasting for the NFL

Building the 272-game schedule that spans the 18 weeks of the NFL season is a complex mathematical exercise. Schedule makers use cloud-based computers to create thousands of possible schedules before picking the final version. Broadcast ratings, competitive team issues and stadium availability are just some of the factors that go into the complicated process.

Join us as Mike North and Charlotte Carey discuss the challenges of choosing a schedule to showcase the league’s best matchups and talent.