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.
The Center and Penn State Law host New York Mets GM Sandy Alderson
On Monday, Nov. 6 Penn State Law and the Center for the Study of Sports in Society hosts Sandy Alderson. Alderson is currently the general manager of the MLB’s New York Mets.
Alderson will be speaking at two events on Monday, Nov. 6:
“A Public Sports Lawyer, a conversation with Sandy Alderson”
- 12:00-1:15, 110 Katz (the courtroom)
- Will focus on how Alderson brings his legal background to his various sports postings, and how lawyers and sports executives communicate their business decisions and policies to the public through the media.
“How Sports Executives Who Aren’t Math Majors Can Use Data Effectively”
- 7:30-8:45, Business School Auditorium
- As part of the Center for Sports’ focus this year on data analytics in sports, Alderson will discuss how analysts and executives interact to permit the latter to consider data effectively.
A graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School, he was a partner in an elite boutique law firm in San Francisco before beginning a career in sports. He has served as General Counsel and later General Manager of the Oakland A’s, Executive VP for Business Operations in the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball, CEO of the San Diego Padres, before his current posting with the Mets.
He is one of the principal inventors of “Moneyball” (see Steve Kettman, Baseball maverick: How Sandy Alderson Revolutionized Baseball and Revived the Mets), the architect of practices for umpires to adhere to the strike zone set forth in the rules, and chair of the drafting committee for the latest version of the official rules of baseball.