Sports Law & Business

A program like no other

The 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 H. “Bud” Selig. Phoenix is a destination for sports professionals, boasting opportunities for working, learning, and volunteering in every major industry in American sports.

Sample of coursework offered

  • Sports Career Planning and Business Communication
  • Amateur Sports Law
  • NCAA Infractions, Compliance & Enforcement
  • Personal & Business Branding in Sports
  • Professional Sports Law
  • Pro Team Sports: Legal Issues in Business Operations
  • Risk Management in Venues
  • Sports Analytics
  • Negotiation and Alternative Dispute Resolution in Sports
  • Sports Business Strategies: Executive Decision Making
  • Sports Marketing
  • Special Topics taught by Bud Selig
  • US Law and Legal Analysis in Sports Business
  • Sports Law Internships and Externship
  • Sports Big Events: Legal, Business, and Operations Issues

Immerse yourself in the world of sports

Explore the many sports venues and opportunities in the Phoenix area.

Employment & volunteer opportunities

The Phoenix metropolitan area is home to four major professional sports clubs – the Arizona Cardinals (NFL), the Arizona Coyotes (NHL), the Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB), and the Phoenix Suns (NBA), as well as the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury, Phoenix Rising FC, and ISM Raceway. The Valley plays host to PGA events, MLB spring training and fall leagues, college football bowl games, NASCAR and IndyCar races, and is in regular rotation for sport’s biggest mega events, the Final Four, College Football Playoff Championship, and the Super Bowl.

Previous internship opportunities have included:

  • Arizona Diamondbacks
  • Phoenix Suns
  • Steve LeVine Entertainment
  • Phoenix Rising FC
  • Final Four
  • Sun Devil Athletics
  • Arizona Coyotes
  • Synergy
  • Special Olympics of Arizona
  • Super Bowl
  • Las Vegas 51’s
  • MLB
  • Cactus League
  • PGA of America
  • Navigate Research
  • Fiesta Bowl
  • Positive Coaching Alliance
  • Make-A-Wish Arizona
  • San Diego Padres
  • Arizona Interscholastic Association
  • Jackson Lewis PC
  • Rosenhaus Sports
  • Monumental Sports & Entertainment
  • JOLYN clothing
  • Safe Football
  • New York Yankees

Previous volunteer opportunities have included:

  • Waste Management Phoenix Open
  • Final Four
  • NASCAR
  • Fiesta Bowl
  • Super Bowl
  • Arizona Sports and Entertainment Commission

Learn from experience

With a combined 150+ years of sports industry experience, the Sports Law & Business Program has an impressive roster of faculty and faculty associates who are at the peak of their careers. The faculty list includes sports luminaries such as Commissioner Emeritus Bud Selig and ASU’s Athletic Director Ray Anderson as well as lawyers, team and university administrators, and branding experts.

Advisory Board

  • Dale AdamsGeneral Manager
    Gila River Arena & Vice President, Event Development AEG Facilities
  • Ray AndersonVice President for University Athletics and Athletics Director
    Arizona State University
  • Lon BabbyRetired President of Basketball Operations
    Phoenix Suns and Retired Player Representative
  • Jeff BenzMediator Arbitrator Referee Special Master at JAMS
  • Kevin BlueDirector of Athletics
    UC-Davis
  • Dan BurnsCEO
    EXOS
  • Peter CarlisleSenior Vice President and Managing Director
    Olympic and Action Sports Division, Octagon
  • Gregg CliftonOffice Managing Principal
    Jackson Lewis PC (Phoenix Office)
  • Ahron CohenCOO & General Counsel
    Arizona Coyotes
  • Woodie DixonGeneral Counsel and SVP
    Pac-12 Conference
  • Richard EnsorCommissioner
    Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
  • Troy EwanchynaVP and GM
    NBCSports.com
  • Mike GallagherPrincipal/Founder
    Gallagher & Kennedy
  • Dave GardiSenior Vice President-Football Operations
    National Football League
  • Jeff GewirtzVice President of Business Affairs and Chief Legal Officer
    Brooklyn Nets, New York Islanders and Barclays Center
  • Melissa GoldenbergSVP & General Counsel
    Phoenix Suns
  • Robin HarrisExecutive Director
    The Ivy League
  • Rocky HarrisChief Executive Officer
    USA Triathlon
  • Bill HubbardChairman
    Tokio Marine HCC- Specialty Group
  • Jeff IanelloTokio Marine HCC- Specialty Group
    SeatGeek
  • Zaileen JanmohamedSenior Vice President
    Client Consulting + Services
    GMR Marketing
  • Caleb JaySenior Counsel
    Arizona Diamondbacks
  • Scott Kaufman-RossVice President, Head of Fantasy & Gaming
    National Basketball Association
  • Nina KingDeputy Director of Athletics/Administration
    Legal Affairs and Chief of Staff
    Duke University
  • Travis LeachPartner
    Chair of Sports Practice
    Ballard Spahr
  • Nona LeeSr. Vice President & General Counsel
    Arizona Diamondbacks
  • Burk MagnusExecutive Vice President
    Programming and Scheduling
    ESPN
  • John MartinManaging Director
    NASCAR Digital Media
  • Wade MartinPresident of POWDR
  • Bernadette McGladeCommissioner
    Atlantic 10
  • Lou MelendezPresident
    Lou Melendez, LLC
  • Vicky NeumeyerSenior Vice President & General Counsel
    New Orleans Pelicans
    New Orleans Saints
  • Bob NewmanPresident
    AEG Facilities
  • Dave PalanzoSVP, Legal and Business Affairs
    Women's Tennis Association
  • Jeff PriceChief Commercial Officer
    PGA of America
  • Tom SadlerPresident & CEO
    AZSTA
  • Bud Selig
  • Debbie SpanderCommissioner Emeritus
    Major League Baseball
  • Bryan SperberPresident
    ISM Raceway
  • Naima StevensonDeputy General Counsel
    NCAA
  • Bill StricklandPrincipal
    Strickland Consulting
  • Ben TarioSenior Associate Commissioner
    Business and Legal Affairs
    Atlantic Coast Conference
  • Travis TygartChief Executive Officer
    U.S. Anti-Doping Agency

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