About

Sports are often referred to as fun and games. And they are, but they are far more than that. Sports are a reflection of the most fundamental norms and values that shape human society. Sports represent escape from the world, but they are also a huge presence within the world, accounting for hundreds of billions of dollars in revenue and bringing together more nations and groups than any political entity is capable of doing. Sports are a testbed for science and medicine, as well as for teaching, communicating, and mentoring.

Sports are big business. Sports fuel the media. Sports are critical to advertising and merchandising many of the world’s most lucrative products. Sports shape the beliefs and values of our children. Sports have and can lead the way in societal reform and ethical progress. Sports create our heroes, villains, and pariahs.

Despite all this, there is no single academic program that is devoted to examining the meaning, the morality, and the impact of sports on a global scale in an intensive and interdisciplinary fashion. The NYU Sports and Society Program (NYUSSP) seeks to become the go-to academic program in the world for discussions of all aspects of sports and society.

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Arthur R. Miller

Arthur R. Miller, chairman, is University Professor at NYU School of Law, and was formerly Bruce Bromley Professor of Law at Harvard Law School (1971 to 2007). He teaches the Sports Law course at NYU Law. Previously, he was legal editor of ABC’s Good Morning America. He has moderated socratic dialogues for several PBS series, and won an Emmy award for his work on The Constitution: That Delicate Balance. He was also commissioner on the United States Commission on New Technological Uses of Copyrighted Works. In 2011, he was honored as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II. His legal specialties include federal practice and procedure, and intellectual property.

millera@exchange.law.nyu.edu
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Ted Shaker

Ted Shaker is an adjunct professor in the NYU School of Professional Studies Tisch Institute for Sports Management, Media, and Business, and is the recipient of the 2012 NYU Graduate Sports Business Society Award for Contributions to Sports Media. Previously, he was executive producer at CBS Sports, where he was responsible for all sports production and won 13 Emmy Awards and two Peabody awards. He orchestrated coverage for 7 NFL Super Bowls, 10 NBA Finals, 9 NCAA Tournaments, 12 Masters Golf Championships, 2 MLB World Series, 8 US Open Tennis Championships, and 11 Daytona 500s. He was executive producer, business news, at CNBC, where he created and launched seven series. He was founder and president of Sports Illustrated Television, co-creator of CNN/SI, television’s first 24-hour sports news cable channel. He created the first VOD sports test, The Orlando Project, with Time Warner Cable and the NFL. He is a member of the board of directors for the University of Texas Center for Sports and Media.

tfs3@nyu.edu
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Arthur Caplan

Arthur Caplan is Drs. William F. and Virginia Connolly Mitty Professor and founding head of the Division of Bioethics at the NYU Langone Medical Center. He has served on the special advisory committee to the International Olympic Committee on genetics and gene therapy, and the FIFA special advisory committee on the use of technology in allowing athletes to adapt to altitude and other environmental challenges. He has published widely on the role of ethics in sports.

arthur.caplan@nyumc.org
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Wayne G. McDonnell, Jr.

Wayne G. McDonnell, Jr. is clinical associate professor of sports management at the NYU School of Professional Studies Tisch Institute for Sports Management, Media, and Business, and is NYU's "Business of Baseball" professor. He is a regular contributor to Forbes.com Sports Money web site and has his own blog for Forbes called The Dr. Baseball Chronicles. He is also a regular media commentator on issues regarding the game of baseball, appearing on the MLB Network, Bloomberg, NBC, FOX, SportsNet New York, and the YES Network. Previously, he was a financial analyst and accountant at Madison Square Garden.

wayne.mcdonnell@nyu.edu
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Brendan Parent

Brendan Parent is an attorney and clinical instructor in the Division of Bioethics at the NYU Langone Medical Center. He also is a consulting attorney with the NY Task Force on Life and the Law, a State agency that assists with development of public policy at the intersection of medicine, law, and ethics. Previously, he was a researcher in the department of bioethics at the National Institutes of Health, and a staff associate at the Center for Genetics and Society. His current research in sports and ethics includes risk acceptance, physician role conflict, and defining acceptable enhancement.

brendan.parent@nyumc.org
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Lee Igel

Lee Igel is an associate professor at the NYU School of Professional Studies Tisch Institute for Sports Management, Media, and Business.  He is a regular contributor to Forbes.com. He served as program adviser to senior executives of large corporations and professional service firms, entertainers, and elite competitive athletes at an acclaimed medical and wellness facility in New York. He also trained in the player development department of a Major League Baseball club. His teaching and writing focus on behavioral insights and decision-making.

lee.igel@nyu.edu
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Robert Boland

Robert Boland is academic chair/professor of sports management at the NYU School of Professional Studies Tisch Institute for Sports Management, Media, and Business, and co-professor of the Sports Law Course at NYU Law School. He also is a leading sports attorney currently representing coaches and management personnel and consulting with collegiate conferences and leagues on strategic and legal issues. He has negotiated over 100 athlete, coaching, and endorsement contracts in a variety of sports. He makes frequent appearances in the media as an expert commentator on sports business and legal issues. He was also co-founder and former COO of Global Athletic Management Enterprises (GAME). He worked on major sporting events with United States Olympic Committee, United States Swimming, Turner Sports, and the Southeastern Conference. He was an athletic administrator of Columbia University and the University of Tennessee. He was a student-athlete in wrestling and football at Columbia University, and in 1984, he was a U.S. Olympic Trials competitor in Greco-Roman wrestling.

robert.boland@nyu.edu
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Garland Allen

Garland Allen is a retired teacher, coach and director of athletics. He taught health and physical education, and coached football, basketball, and track and field. He was director of athletics for Greenwich High School (CT) for 18 years and for Ridgewood High School (NJ) for three. He served on the board of directors for the largest athletic conference in the state of Connecticut (FCIAC). He also spent eight years as director of wellness for the Ridgewood NJ Public School System, and served on the advisory board for Family Counseling Service of Ridgewood NJ. He served as co-chair for the design and the implementation of Ridgewood Academy of Health Professions, a collaboration between Ridgewood High School, Valley Hospital, Ridgewood NJ, and Bergen Community College, that provided authentic learning experiences for select Ridgewood High School students. He has lectured extensively on building healthy young athletes, and on defining the appropriate role of parents in youth sports. Allen is a graduate of Kent State and Fairfield Universities.

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Gary Bettman

Gary Bettman is the commissioner of the National Hockey League (NHL). He oversaw the expansion of the NHL's footprint across the United States, with six new teams added during his tenure, bringing the NHL to 30. In less than 20 years, he helped increase the sport’s revenue by a factor of 7, from 400 million dollars to over 3 billion dollars. The expansion period included three major labor disputes, where he played key roles in negotiating player salary caps and luxury taxes to protect league revenue and small market teams. He has negotiated the largest NHL television contracts, including the most recent 10-year, 2 billion dollar deal with Comcast. He also hosts an hour-long, weekly radio show on NHL Home Ice. The show provides fans with an opportunity to speak directly with the commissioner and to voice any questions, comments or concerns. Previously, he worked at the New York City law firm of Proskauer Rose Goetz & Mendelsohn. He was also senior vice president and general counsel to the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is a graduate of Cornell University and New York University School of Law.

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Harry Carson

Harry Carson's 13-year stint as a linebacker with the New York Football Giants is one of the longest tenures in club history. He was team captain for 10 of his 13 seasons and was named to the All-NFL Team seven times, the All-NFC Team eight times, and was NFC Linebacker of the Year twice. He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2002, and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006. Retiring from the NFL after the 1988 season, Carson has been a broadcaster and a special correspondent for several networks including CNN, WCBS, and ABC. He is CEO and president of Harry Carson Inc., a sports consulting and promotions company; author of two books, Point of Attack (1986) and Captain for Life (2011); and is an advocate for health-related issues. He has worked as a spokesperson to increase awareness of prostate cancer, especially in Asian, Latino, and African American men. Currently, Carson works with Meridian Health System, Inc. as a spokesperson to increase traumatic brain injury awareness in Ocean and Monmouth counties in New Jersey. Carson is a graduate of South Carolina State University.

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Bob Costas

Bob Costas has won 24 Emmy awards—more than any sports broadcaster. His versatility has been recognized with awards and nominations in the categories of hosting, play-by-play, writing, journalism, news, and entertainment. He is the only person ever to have won Emmy’s in news, sports, and entertainment. His news Emmy was awarded for his interview with Jerry Sandusky, the central figure in the Penn State scandal. His entertainment Emmy came in 1993, for his acclaimed late-night program Later with Bob Costas.

Bob’s peers have named him the “National Sportscaster of the Year” a record eight times, and in 2012, he was elected to the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame. Also in 2012, Bob was selected for the Walter Cronkite Award for distinction in journalism. He and Al Michaels are the only sports broadcasters to be so honored.

From the Baseball Game of the Week in the 1980’s, through his hosting of the Olympics, the late-night interview program Later with Bob Costas, his programs on HBO, and more, Bob has been a prominent part of the coverage of every major sport over the past three decades. His thoughtful commentaries on a variety of issues have established him as one of his generation’s most distinctive voices.

The 2012 London Olympics were Bob’s tenth for NBC. In addition, he has hosted six Super Bowls, and has been part of the coverage as either play-by-play announcer, or host of seven World Series, and ten NBA Finals. Bob has been a prominent part of NBC’s presentations of major events, such as the Kentucky Derby and the U.S. Open Golf Championship.

Beyond NBC, Bob’s work with HBO, and more recently the Major League Baseball Network have drawn widespread praise.

Bob is a native of Queens, New York and grew up on Long Island. He attended Syracuse University in New York, where he majored in communications. He began his professional career at WSYR-TV and radio in 1973 while studying at Syracuse before joining KMOX radio in St. Louis in 1974. He has been with NBC since 1980.  

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Steve Greenberg

Steve Greenberg joined Allen & Company as a managing director in January 2002.  At Allen & Company, he focuses on the sports and media industries, as he has throughout his business career.  Mr. Greenberg has represented numerous owners in the purchase and sale of major league sports teams, including the Milwaukee Brewers, Cincinnati Reds, Atlanta Braves, Houston Astros, San Diego Padres, New York Mets, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Washington Wizards.  In addition, Mr. Greenberg has advised professional teams, leagues and college conferences on matters relating to their television and other media rights. He has been involved in the formation of the New York Mets' regional sports network (SNY) as well as the Mets historic Citi Field naming rights deal; the White Sox, Cubs, Bulls, and Black Hawks in the formation of a regional network in Chicago (Comcast SportsNet Chicago); the Big Ten Conference on the creation of a Big Ten Cable Network in partnership with Fox Sports; and Major League Baseball on a variety of television-related matters, including the formation of the MLB Network.   

Immediately prior to joining Allen & Company, Mr. Greenberg was the co-founder and chairman of Fusient Media Ventures, a New York-based sports and media company.

Prior to starting Fusient, Mr. Greenberg and his business partner Brian Bedol co-founded Classic Sports Network in 1993, backed initially by Allen & Company and other private investors. In 1997, Messrs. Greenberg and Bedol sold Classic Sports Network to ESPN, the cable sports juggernaut and division of The Walt Disney Company. Mr. Greenberg stayed on at ESPN until the end of 1998, during which time he helped to oversee the smooth transition of Classic Sports (now known as ESPN Classic) into the ESPN portfolio of networks. Mr. Greenberg also teamed with Mr. Bedol to co-found CSTV: College Sports Television, a 24-hour cable network devoted exclusively to college sports and college athletes.  CSTV launched in April 2003, with Mr. Greenberg serving as its non-executive chairman. CSTV was sold to CBS, Inc. in January 2006 and has been renamed the CBS Sports Network.

Mr. Greenberg previously served as the deputy commissioner and chief operating officer of Major League Baseball under Commissioner Fay Vincent from 1990 until 1993. At MLB, Mr. Greenberg oversaw the day-to-day operations of the commissioner’s office, including broadcasting, finance, legal, baseball operations, special events and the League’s lucrative properties licensing operation.

Prior to MLB, Mr. Greenberg practiced law from 1977 through the end of 1989 with the Los Angeles firm of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, where he specialized in sports and general business law and served as the firm’s managing partner in 1987 and 1988.

The son of baseball legend and Hall-of-Famer Hank Greenberg, Steve played first base and was captain of the baseball team during his undergraduate years at Yale University. After college, he was drafted by the Washington Senators and spent five years playing for minor league affiliates of the Senators (who later became the Texas Rangers). Subsequently, he enrolled at UCLA Law School where he earned his J.D. degree in 1977.

Mr. Greenberg serves on the board of directors of the Jackie Robinson Foundation. He and his wife, Myrna, have two daughters, one grandson, and three grand-daughters.

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Tony Ponturo

For 10 years, Tony Ponturo served as vice president of Global Media and Sports Marketing of Anheuser-Busch Inc, and for seven years he served as the president and CEO of Busch Media Group. Currently, he is a partner in the Kirmser Ponturo Group LLC., which has produced Tony award-winning broadway plays including Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf? and Memphis, as well as sports-related productions including Magic Bird and Lombardi. He is also director of AVP Inc. (Formerly AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, Inc.). He serves as a trustee of American Film Institute (AFI), and is a member of several boards including New York City Center, Sheldon Hall, Channel 9 (PBS) and Opera Theater in St. Louis. Previously, he served as chairman of the board and director at Leverage Agency LLC.  This year, he was ranked No. 14 among Businessweek’s list of the 100 most prominent sports executives. Mr. Ponturo is a graduate of Villanova University.

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Fay Vincent

Fay Vincent was commissioner of Major League Baseball from 1989 to 1992. During his tenure, he fielded multiple labor disputes and focused on expansion, while helping to bring two new teams to the National League. He started his career as a lawyer working for the firm Whitman and Ransom, and was later named a partner at the Washington, D.C.-based firm of Caplin and Drysdale. While in Washington, he served as associate director of the Division of Corporate Finance of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. He also was president and CEO of Columbia Pictures, and executive vice president of the Coca-Cola Company. Vincent is a graduate of Yale Law School.

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Lesley Visser

Lesley Visser is a sportscaster, journalist, radio personality, and sportswriter. She is the first female NFL analyst on TV, and the only sportscaster in history (male or female) who has worked on Final Four, NBA Finals, World Series, Triple Crown, Monday Night Football, the Olympics, the Super Bowl, the World Figure Skating Championships, and the U.S. Open network broadcasts. She was voted the No. 1 female sportscaster of all-time in a poll taken by the American Sportscasters Association, and became the first female to be an analyst for an NFL game on TV. She is currently a reporter for CBS Sports and News, writes for CBSSports.com and also is part of WFTL 640 Fox Sports' morning drive in South Florida. In 2006, she was the first woman to be recognized by the Pro Football Hall of Fame as the recipient of the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award. She carried the Olympic torch (2004), and remains the only woman to have covered the Super Bowl Trophy Presentation (1992). She began her career with a Carnegie Foundation grant to be a sportswriter for The Boston Globe. During this time, she reported on the New England Patriots and became the first female assigned to regular written coverage of the NFL. She is a graduate of Boston College.

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Shelley Zalis

Shelley Zalis is CEO of Ipsos Open Thinking Exchange. Chief troublemaker, innovation junkie, and big idea thinker-upper, she is an uber-connector who chases after smart technology, passionate people, and solar eclipses. Doesn’t ask ‘what now?’ Asks, ‘what’s next?’

She has been a leader of change in the market research industry. As a first-mover (and black sheep), Shelley envisioned and pioneered the use of online research well before any other company recognized the potential. Her drive, vision, and endless passion to deliver innovative research tools are uniquely balanced by her keen ability to listen, learn, connect, and bring others together to create new markets. She remains focused on conceiving new ideas and using fresh thinking to meet the evolving demands and needs of her client base, the exploding possibilities of the Internet (blogs, social networking, intense and increased use of digital media), and the drive to continuously challenge the status quo to understand consumers today.

In 2008, Shelley was awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® award in the On-Line Services category, and in 2010 the ARF Great Minds in Innovation award. Under Shelley’s vision and guidance as founder & CEO, OTX (Online Testing Exchange) became the 18th-largest research company in the world in nine short years and, in January 2010, was acquired by Ipsos. Shelley now leads the Ipsos Global Innovation Center, Ipsos Open Thinking Exchange, pioneering next-generation research solutions.

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Jason Aron

Jason Aron is the exclusive producer of video content for the Sports and Society Program. He also is founder of the event production studio, Expressions Cinema, and the corporate production studio, Carbon Media. He is the former producer of Be Your Own Fan TV–the first online show about the business of sports produced by an independent ownership group in professional baseball. Subjects of his work include owners of professional franchises, general managers, coaches, and professional players.

jason@jasonamedia.com
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Handbook on Sports and Society

NYU Sports and Society will be publishing THE Handbook on Sports & Society: an unprecedented collection of original work from leading global scholars across the NYU universe. In this seminal text, philosophers, historians, sociologists, physicians, scientists, religious leaders, and lawyers will explore the constant and powerful ways in which sports reveal and reinforce the lifeblood of human society. NYU authors will expose how “games” are responsible for guiding social justice movements; igniting city-wide riots; uniting countries; permanently injuring youth; revolutionizing views about race, gender, and class; and producing several of the most successful global industries. Prepare for an unparalleled teaching aid and an invaluable source of insight, shepherded by NYU Sports & Society’s unrivaled capacity to reinterpret the competitions and the feats that touch every human life. Check back for details on release dates.

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April 21, 2014—NY Giants Superstars Harry Carson, Victor Cruz, and Michael Strahan to Participate in Panel Discussion Hosted by NYU Sports and Society on May 7

The event will be the first in a series that is planned to provide an intimate perspective about what life is like in and out of the spotlight.

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February 25, 2014—NYU White Paper Proposes Initiative to Promote Civility and Respect in Sports

The NYU Sports and Society program, headed by University Professor Arthur R. Miller, issued a white paper today examining the phenomenon of bullying and other intolerant behavior in sports, and proposing a comprehensive range of initiatives focused on youth athletics to combat them.

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January 15, 2014—NYU Sports and Society to Explore Long-Term Impact of Sports Mega Events on Cities During January 31 Event

Moderated by University Professor Arthur Miller, “48 Hours Before Super Bowl XLVIII: The Lasting Impact of Sports' Greatest Events” will explore a topic that becomes even more relevant as Super Bowl XLVIII, the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games, and the FIFA World Cup approach.

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October 23, 2013—NYU Sports and Society Launches with an
All-Star Faculty and Advisory Board

Program to Lead Research, Produce Published Works, and Host Events That Examine the Meaning, the Morality, and the Impact of Sports on a Global Scale.

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November 7, 2013—NYU Sports and Society Launches with
Inaugural Event, "Integrity of the Game: Ethics and Today's Athlete," on Monday, Nov. 18

A star-studded event that will feature a panel of leading figures in sports management, business, ethics, journalism, fandom, and professional playing.

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