Sports Law and 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 & 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
  • Sports Law Internships, Externship & Applied Projects
  • 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 eight professional sports clubs – the Arizona Cardinals (NFL), the Arizona Coyotes (NHL), the Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB), the Phoenix Suns (NBA), the Phoenix Murcury (WNBA), Phoenix Rising FC (USL), Arizona Hotshots (AAF), Arizona Rattlers (IFL), as well as the two NASCAR races each year at ISM Raceway. The Valley plays host to PGA events, MLB spring training and fall leagues, college football bowl games, and is in regular rotation for sport's biggest mega events: the Final Four, College Football Playoff Championship, WWE Raw and Royal Rumble, UFC, the NFL Pro Bowl, 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
  • Owens Harkey
  • New York Yankees
  • Trackman

Previous volunteer opportunities have included:

  • Waste Management Phoenix Open
  • Final Four
  • 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 Adams
  • Ray Anderson
  • Lon Babby
  • Jeff Benz
  • Kevin Blue
  • Dan Burns
  • Peter Carlisle
  • Gregg Clifton
  • Ahron Cohen
  • Woodie Dixon
  • Richard Ensor
  • Troy Ewanchyna
  • Mike Gallagher
  • Dave Gardi
  • Jeff Gewirtz
  • Melissa Goldenberg
  • Robin Harris
  • Rocky Harris
  • Bill Hubbard
  • Jeff Ianello
  • Zaileen Janmohamed
  • Caleb Jay
  • Scott Kaufman-Ross
  • Nina King
  • John Langbein
  • Travis Leach
  • Nona Lee
  • Burke Magnus
  • Warde Manuel
  • John Martin
  • Wade Martin
  • Bernadette McGlade
  • Lou Melendez
  • Vicky Neumeyer
  • Bob Newman
  • Dave Palanzo
  • Jeff Price
  • Tom Sadler
  • Bud Selig
  • Debbie Spander
  • Bryan Sperber
  • Naima Stevenson
  • Bill Strickland
  • Ben Tario
  • Travis Tygart
  • George VanderZwaag

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