Sports Law and Business

Student life

The Sports Law & Business Program Student Organization consists of faculty, staff and JD students. Students gain invaluable opportunities for leadership, networking, and interaction with sports industry professionals. Any member can apply to be on the board and actively participate in organization of events and other extra-curricular activities.

Students can compete in sports law and sports business competitions across the country; and some competitions include:

  • National Baseball Arbitration Competition, Tulane
  • Tulane Professional Football Negotiation Competition, Tulane
  • Mardi Gras Sports Invitational, Tulane
  • Hockey Arbitration Competition of Canada, Toronto
  • Thomas Jefferson National Sports Law Negotiation Competition, San Diego
  • SABR Diamond Dollars Case Competition, Phoenix

Students are invited to participate in sports writing competitions where some offer valuable prizes.

The Sports and Entertainment Law Journal is the premier legal periodical for scholars from the sport and entertainment industries to discuss current issues in both sports and entertainment.

The Sports & Entertainment Law Students Association is a JD-oriented club that works to establish a reputable curriculum in the area of sports law, brings in guest speakers to give students opportunities to understand the many possible work options in this field, and organizes multiple networking events.

Selig Scholars & MSLB Graduate Assistantship Programs

The Allan “Bud” Selig Scholars Program is a merit-based scholarship offered to admitted and current students in the Master of Sports Law & Business Program. Selig Scholars are expected to demonstrate exceptional academic achievement and a true passion for the societal impact of sport.

The MSLB Graduate Assistantship Program with Sun Devil Athletics is an immersive work experience offered to admitted and current students.

If you are a current student, click here to learn more.

Industry opportunities

Events & networking opportunities

The Beus Center for Law and Society is a prime location for hosting events where students can engage with the legal and professional community.

Past events open to current and prospective students:

  • Networking mixer at a spring training game
  • Faculty and student outing at the ISM Raceway for NASCAR
  • 2016 Hesburgh Lecture: The Current State of Intercollegiate Athletics

Past industry speakers include:

  • Dan Gavitt, NCAA Senior VP of Basketball
  • George McCaskey, Chairman, Chicago Bears
  • Mike Nealy, Chief Executive Officer, Fiesta Bowl
  • Stephen Astephen, Managing Partner of Wasserman agency
  • Ahron Cohen, General Counsel, Arizona Coyotes
  • Melissa Goldenberg, General Counsel, Phoenix Suns
  • Nona M. Lee, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Arizona Diamondbacks
  • Mark Tatum, NBA Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer
  • Travis Tygart, USADA Chief Executive Officer
  • Michael Kelly, Chief Operating Officer, College Football Playoff
  • Jeremy Darlow, Director of marketing, Adidas
  • Michael Ehrlich, Public relations director, Adidas
  • Bill Frederick, Todd Radom, and Don Gibson, Brandtheon
  • Kelly Burton, USA Sevens Rugby
  • John Martin, Managing Director of Digital Media, NASCAR

Graduate successes

From the NBA, NFL, NCAA, MLB to the PGA, if you are looking for a career in sports the Sports Law & Business Program is opening doors for graduates at premier sports organizations around the country.


It is the responsibility of each student to secure their own internships and job opportunities, and SLB faculty and staff will work tirelessly to present and provide those opportunities, craft resumes and cover letters, assist with networking, and aid in any way possible.

Between 165-330 hours, which translates to 3-6 credits.

It is recommended that students complete their internships during the summer after their first full year in the MSLB program. Fall and spring internships are also available.

Current and incoming MLSB and JD students are invited to apply for the Allan “Bud” Selig Scholars Program, which will be awarded to one JD and one MSLB student each year. The application opens each year in the spring and closes in June. Current and incoming MSLB students are invited to apply for the MSLB Graduate Assistantship Program with Sun Devil Athletics. The application also opens each year in the spring, and closes in June.

Academic performance, integrity and sense of professionalism, experience in and knowledge of the sports industry, and demonstrated potential for contributions to the sports industry are factors for consideration.

These scholarships are for admitted and current students only. Current students can click here to apply.

Yes, there are multiple events throughout the year that SLB students are encouraged to attend and/or volunteer at, to make connections in the sports industry. See our student life page for more information.