For over eight years, an expanding group of sports-interested faculty and administrators across the University have met and coordinated activities in an effort to combine human and tangible resources toward a goal of creating a multi-disciplinary center for research, outreach and teaching that would critically study issues related to sports. The group’s mission has been to incubate and facilitate discussion between academics, industry executives, and policymakers about research, regulation, and reforms with regard to professional, intercollegiate, youth, and club-level amateur sports.
Coming to campus during fall 2017 semester
The Center is excited to announce the following events open for students and faculty for the fall 2017 semester — more details can be found on the Discussion and Events pages. Updated information will be provided throughout the semester.
September 14, 2017
- Michael Breit – Partner, Eisner Amper Sports and Entertainment Group will present “Revenue Sharing and Salary Caps – Comparing and Contrasting the 4 Major U.S. Sports Leagues”
- Chris Bachelder – novelist, will do a public reading of “The Throwback Special”
October 12, 2017
- Jim Ivler, NFL Agent and Partner – Sportstars Agency Inc. will present “Insights into Being an Agent in the NFL”
November 6, 2017
- Sandy Alderson, General Manager – New York Mets, will present “How Sports Executives Who Aren’t Math Majors Can Use Data Effectively”
November 8, 2017
- Jim Plake, Executive VP and CFO – Pittsburgh Pirates, will present “How the Pittsburgh Pirates Overcame 20 Consecutive Losing Seasons to Build a Winner in the National League”