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Master of Sports Law and Business

Allan “Bud” Selig Sports Law and Business program

The Allan “Bud” Selig Sports Law and Business program at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University is centrally located in vibrant downtown Phoenix. This unique program blends sports, law, and business from a nationally ranked law school with world-class faculty, including MLB Commissioner Emeritus Allan “Bud” Selig. Phoenix is a destination for the next generation of sports professionals, boasting opportunities for working, learning, and networking in every major industry in American sports.

36

Total credit hours

80%

of 2021 graduates have sports jobs/internships within 6 months of graduation

93%

of faculty actively works in sports industry while teaching

sports law students

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Master of Sports Law and Business degrees


Sports Law and Business Curriculum

The Master of Sports Law and Business degree is comprised of 36 credits and can be completed in either one or two academic years based on the student’s preference. The 36 credits are divided between required courses (21 credits), electives (9-12 credits), and an internship or applied project (3-6 credits). Click here to view a detailed description of the program curriculum.

Applied Sports Marketing will be offered during the Spring term.

Assistant Dean and Executive Director of SLB Aaron Hernandez and students holding up a pitchfork with their hands at the graduation dinner.

Student opportunities

The Allan “Bud” Selig Sports Law and Business program is proud to offer admitted students Graduate Assistant opportunities to work directly with the MSLB Graduate Assistant team. Graduate Assistantship positions are awarded to recipients based on those who demonstrate exceptional experience working in sports, as well as a sincere understanding and background of the required qualifications and duties of the desired role.

Allan “Bud” Selig Scholars Program

Commissioner Selig and the Sports Law and Business Program select one MSLB candidate and one JD candidate each academic year to be awarded the Allan “Bud” Selig Scholarship. This scholarship is given to candidates that demonstrate exceptional academic achievement and true passion for the societal impact of sports.

MSLB Graduate Assistantship Program with Sun Devil Athletics

The Allan “Bud” Selig Sports Law and Business program is proud to partner with Sun Devil Athletics in offering admitted MSLB students the opportunity to work directly with the Athletics Department.

Click below to learn more about the Allan "Bud" Selig Scholarship and the MSLB Graduate Assistantship.

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Allan “Bud” Selig Sports Law and Business Alumni 

Master of Sports Law and Business (MSLB) graduates have secured positions in some of the top sports organizations around the country. The MSLB program flexibility allows students to pursue whatever career path in the sports industry they are interested in. Some examples of the many segments of the sports industry graduates have gone into are operations, marketing/branding, compliance/legal, community relations, student athlete/player development, communications, agency and more. The following lists below include some of the sports organizations our graduates have jobs or internships with. 

  • Arizona Cardinals
  • Arizona Coyotes
  • Chicago Bears
  • Dallas Cowboys
  • Detroit Red Wings
  • Golden State Warriors
  • Green Bay Packers
  • Los Angeles Rams
  • Los Angeles Sparks
  • Minor League Baseball
  • National Basketball Association
  • National Football League
  • New Orleans Pelicans
  • New Orleans Saints
  • New York Islanders
  • New York Mets
  • Orlando Magic
  • Phoenix Suns
  • Fiesta Bowl
  • Georgia Tech Athletics
  • MAAC Conference
  • Missouri Valley Conference
  • NCAA Final Four
  • NCAA National Office
  • Pac-12
  • Rose Bowl Game
  • Sun Belt Conference
  • Sun Devil Athletics
  • University of California, Irvine Athletics
  • University of Florida Athletics
  • Women’s Basketball Coaches Association
  • Adidas
  • Athletes First
  • Arizona Sports and Entertainment Commission
  • CAA Icon
  • Divine Sports and Entertainment
  • DraftKings
  • Excel Sports Management
  • FanDuel
  • Influxer
  • Insight Sports Advisors
  • ISE Worldwide
  • John Deere Classic
  • Monumental Sports & Entertainment
  • PGA of America
  • SportsTrust Advisors
  • Steve Levine Entertainment
  • Unlimited Potential Basketball
  • USA Triathlon

Allan “Bud” Selig Sports Law and Business Advisory Board

  • Dale Adams – General Manager, Desert Diamond Arena Vice President Event Development, AEG Facilities
  • Ray Anderson – Professor of Practice, Arizona State University
  • Lon Babby – Retired President of Basketball Operations, Phoenix Suns
  • Jeff Benz – Arbitrator, Mediator, and Special Master, Jams
  • Kevin Blue – Chief Sport Officer, Golf Canada
  • Dan Burns – Executive Chairman, EXOS Human Performance
  • Gregg Clifton – Partner, Lewis Brisbois (Phoenix Office)
  • Ahron Cohen – Venture Partner, ADvantage Sports Tech Fund
  • Willie Derrick Crawford – Vice President, Hearing Operations, National Collegiate Athletic Association
  • Woodie Dixon – General Counsel, Chegg Inc.
  • Richard Ensor – CEO and Founder, Broadwalk Sports Event Management
  • Troy Ewanchyna – General Manager, Princeton Sports Properties
  • Sean Ford – Men’s National Team Director, USA Basketball
  • Dave Gardi – Senior Vice President, Football Operations, National Football League
  • Melissa Goldenberg – General Counsel and Senior Vice President, Phoenix Suns
  • Robin Harris – Executive Director, The Ivy League
  • Rocky Harris – Chief Sport and Athlete Services, USOPC
  • Bill Hubbard – Chairman, Tokio Marine HCC – Specialty Group
  • Alexa Huchingson – Vice President, Business Development, Elevate Sports Ventures
  • Jeff Ianello – Executive Vice President of Client Partnerships, SeatGeek
  • Zaileen Janmohamed – Head of Partnership Development and Innovation, U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Properties
  • Caleb Jay – General Counsel, Arizona Diamondbacks
  • Scott Kaufman-Ross – Senior Vice President, Head of Fantasy and Gaming, National Basketball Association
  • Nina King – Vice President, Director of Athletics, Duke University
  • John Langbein – Founder and President, Ticket Exchange Inc.
  • Nona Lee – CEO and Founder, Truth DEI
  • Burke Magnus – President of Content, ESPN
  • Warde Manuel – Director of Athletics, University of Michigan
  • John Martin – Vice President, Media and Event Technology, NASCAR
  • Wade Martin – CEO, Bouldering Project
  • Bernadette McGlade – Commissioner, Atlantic 10
  • Lou Melendez – President, Lou Melendez, LLC
  • Vicky Neumeyer – Senior Vice President, and General Counsel, New Orleans Pelicans and New Orleans Saints
  • Dave Palanzo – Senior Vice President, Legal and Business Affairs, Women’s Tennis Association
  • Jeff Price – Chief Commercial Officer, PGA of America
  • Tom Sadler – President and CEO, Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority (ASTA)
  • Bud Selig – Commissioner Emeritus, Major League Baseball
  • Debbie Spander – Founder and CEO, Insight Sports Advisors
  • Naima Stevenson – Partner, Lewis Stinson
  • Bill Strickland – Senior Vice President, Life Sports Media Entertainment, LLC
  • Ben Tario – Deputy Commissioner/Chief Financial Officer, Business and Legal Affairs, Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC)
  • Travis Tygart – Chief Executive Officer, U.S. Anti-Doping Agency
  • George VanderZwaag – Executive Director of Athletics, University of Rochester

 

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Sports Law and Business Expertise

The Allan “Bud” Selig Sports Law and Business program has an impressive roster of faculty who bring an extensive amount of expertise to the program. The MSLB faculty provide unique insight into many sports professions and dedicate their time to help MSLB students confidently and successfully navigate the sports industry.

 

 

Aaron Hernandez

Aaron Hernandez
Executive Director; Assistant Dean, Allan “Bud” Selig Sports Law and Business Program

Evan Singletary

Evan Singletary
Director, Allan “Bud” Selig Sports Law and Business Program

Glen Wong

Glenn Wong
Distinguished Professor of Practice (FSC), Allan “Bud” Selig Sports Law and Business Program

Griffin Limongelli

Griffin Limongelli
Program Coordinator, Allan “Bud” Selig Sports Law and Business Program

Stephanie Jarvis

Stephanie Jarvis
Teaching Associate Professor, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law; Principal SJarvis Consulting

Michael Mokwa

Michael Mokwa
Professor and Pat Tillman Foundation Distinguished Professor of Leadership and Marketing, W. P. Carey School of Business; Faculty Associate, Sports Law and Business Program

Commissioner Emeritus Allan H. Bud Selig

Commissioner Emeritus Allan H. "Bud" Selig
Sandra Day O'Connor Distinguished Professor of Sports in America

Don E. Gibson

Don E. Gibson
Professor of Practice
CEO, Brandtheon

Joe Garagiola Jr.

Joe Garagiola Jr.
Professor of Practice
Senior Director of Special Projects, Diamondbacks

Christopher Lee

Christopher Lee
Clinical Assistant Professor of Marketing, W. P. Carey School of Business; Owner and Consultant, ChristopherLee.com

Melissa Goldenberg

Melissa Goldenberg
Faculty Associate, Senior Vice President and General Counsel,
Phoenix Suns/Phoenix Mercury

Jessica Guffey

Jessica Guffey
Faculty Associate, Group Director, Brand and Marketing
at OH Partners

Caleb Jay

Caleb Jay
Professor of Practice, General Counsel, Arizona Diamondbacks

Dana Hooper

Dana Hooper
Faculty Associate, Shareholder at Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Ray Anderson

Ray Anderson
Professor of Practice

Lon Babby

Lon Babby
Faculty Associate, Former President of Basketball, Operations, Phoenix Suns

Natesh Rao

Natesh Rao
Faculty Associate, Sr. Associate AD, Sun Devil Athletics

Annie Riches

Annie Riches
Faculty Associate, Senior Digital Media Strategist - Paid Social

Robert Yowell

Robert Yowell
Faculty Associate, President, Gemini Sports Group

Dan Burns

Dan Burns
Executive Chairman, EXOS. General Partner, Sonoran Founders Fund; Associate Faculty, Sports Law and Business Program

Keevan Statz

Keevan Statz
Clinical Assistant Professor, W. P. Carey Marketing

Frequently asked questions about the Master of Sports Law and Business program

The Selig Sports Law and Business Program is a master’s program that is housed in the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. Graduates of this program will receive a master’s degree, not a J.D. degree. Applicants apply directly to the SLB program and are not required to complete the law application or take the LSAT unless they plan to pursue a concurrent JD/MSLB degree.

The MSLB degree is designed for students to achieve any desired path in the sports following graduation. Alumni of the program have gone on to jobs in the sports industry in areas such as operations, marketing/branding, compliance/legal, sales, community relations, communications, business development, sponsorships, student athlete/player development, and more.

The SLB program is comprised of 36 total credits and can be completed in either one year or two years, based on the preference of the student. 58% of the 2021 cohort is on a two-year track, with the other 42% on a one-year track. Graduate Assistants with Sun Devil Athletics are required to do the program in two years due to work commitments.

Yes, an internship is required as part of the SLB curriculum. It is the responsibility of the student to secure an internship, but the SLB department will assist as best as we can in finding an internship. If the internship is completed over the summer, the student will have to pay for the summer credits through ASU.

No, the SLB program is only available in-person with no online option.

Applicants must submit the SLB application, resume, personal statement, two reference contacts, and an elevator/marketing pitch to apply for the SLB program. Go to the SLB admission page for full application requirements and our application timeline.

The three main factors the admissions committee considers are previous sports experience, academic performance, and quality of your application materials. For reference, the median GPA for our 2021 class was 3.55, and 100% of students in the 2022 and 2023 classes had previous sports experience, which includes volunteering, internships, jobs, and student-athlete experience.

The cost of this program can be found on the tuition and fees page. For more information about program and tuition fees, please reach out to Eric Border at eric.border@asu.edu.

The SLB program offers two Selig Scholarships each year, along with several graduate assistant positions with the program. Outside of the program, Sun Devil Athletics offers graduate assistant positions, including a select few that are only offered to SLB students. You can read more about these positions here.

 

Yes, the Sports Law and Business Program is open to and welcomes international students.

To stay up to date on the Sports Law and Business Program, follow our social media accounts on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook (@SeligSLB) as well as our LinkedIn. If you have any additional questions, reach out to the program at mslbasu@asu.edu.

Yes, $500 to confirm your seat.