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Tagliabue And Vogel Keynote Speakers For Sport And Society Conference Hosted By St. Norbert College


Former National Football League commissioner Paul Tagliabue and sports, media and entertainment mogul Carl Vogel will be the featured speakers at the academic conference "A Mirror of our Culture: Sport and Society in America."

This national conference will be hosted by St. Norbert College and the Green Bay Packers May 26-28, 2010.

Tagliabue will speak on Wednesday, May 26, from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. at the Walter Theatre in the Abbot Pennings Hall of Fine Arts at St. Norbert College. He will address "Sport in American Society."

Vogel will speak during dinner on Thursday, May 27, between 7 and 9 p.m. in the Legends Club Room at Lambeau Field. He will discuss "The Future of American Sports."

Paul Tagliabue is senior of counsel with Covington & Burling LLP in the firm's Washington, D.C., and New York offices and advises clients on strategic matters in the communications and media, technology, and international sectors.

Tagliabue served as NFL Commissioner from 1989 until 2006 and presided over an extended period of labor peace and revenue growth in professional football. During his tenure, the league grew from 28 to 32 teams, secured the largest television contracts in entertainment history, supported the construction of more than 20 NFL team stadiums, and expanded the NFL's global reach.

Tagliabue has traveled extensively in Europe, Asia and elsewhere, and has engaged in business, higher education and public policy discussions in China, India, Japan and Europe with representatives of business, government and academia.

In addition to his role at Covington, Tagliabue continues as a business advisor to the NFL and advises multinational companies in other sectors.

Carl Vogel, a 1979 graduate of St. Norbert College, is partner in SCP Worldwide which owns the national hockey league's St. Louis Blues and major league soccer team Real Salt Lake. SCP, led by chairman David Checketts, is also looking into purchasing the St. Louis Rams football team.

Vogel, one of the most experienced executives in the media and telecom business, with more than 25 years of increasing responsibility across the cable television, satellite, telecom and content sectors, joined SCP Worldwide as partner in May, 2009. Vogel's experience ranges from structuring complex financial transactions, mergers and acquisitions, attracting necessary investment capital in both public and private markets to content creation, program network negotiations and cable and satellite network operations. Vogel has close personal relationships with leaders in the media and telecom sectors in North America and has a long track record of success.

Vogel is currently a member of the board of directors of Dish Network Corporation (DISH; NASDAQ) and an advisor to its chairman, chief executive officer and founder. Dish Network is a leader in the multi-channel video business, serving in excess of 13 million customers throughout the United States.

While serving as vice chairman of Dish Network and EchoStar Communications Corporation (from June 2005 to March 2009), Vogel was responsible for all strategic matters, investments, media and advertising sales, corporate development, treasury, programming negotiation and affiliations as well as being a member of the respective company's executive committees. Vogel also held the title of president from February 2006 to February 2008.

This first-of-its-kind partnership between an NFL team and an institution of higher education will bring together academics and business professionals from around the country. The conference will also feature an exhibit area for publishers, a gallery exhibition and a film festival.

Presentation or paper abstracts are due by Nov. 30, 2009, with notification of acceptances by Jan. 31, 2010, following review by the conference steering committee. St. Norbert College will be publishing the proceedings following the conference. Formal conference registration will open on Feb.1, 2010, and close on April 1, 2010. Registration is limited.

The conference will include an exhibit of sports photography and a film festival. The exhibit will be curated, but there will be "Best of Show" awards given. Photographic submissions are due by April 1, 2010.

Sports videos or films can be submitted for the film festival. Film submissions are due March 1, 2010. Film award winners will be notified by May 3, 2010.

For information on conference fees, or to learn how to submit an abstract, film/video, or photography submission, go to

You can also contact Karen Cleereman, conference administrative coordinator, at or (920) 403-3777, for more information.

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