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Professional sports has evolved from the ""mom and pop"" environment of 30 years ago, to that of a sophisticated, high risk, high profile, ""big business."" Current events in pro-sports are documented almost instantly in virtually every major newspaper and media outlet in the country. In our daily lives it's hard to avoid exposure to sports in some form or another, yet many off-field issues are confusing to the casual (and maybe not so casual) fan. This course is intended to make sense out of the confusion by providing an overview of the pro-sports industry as a business. Subjects for inquiry will include the development of the National Basketball Association from the late 1960s through the present. Assigned readings will be principally from original N.B.A. operational documents, and will provide a fundamental understanding of the concepts, theories, and terms related to general sports business and legal issues, with a focus on the N.B.A. in particular. INSTRUCTOR: Jan Volk began working for the Boston Celtics after earning a Juris Doctor degree from Columbia Law School. In 1984, he was named General Manager of the Celtics, a position he held until 1997. As GM he was responsible for the acquisition, contractual negotiation, re-negotiation, and ultimate signing of all Celtics players. During his tenure the team won five N.B.A. World Championships. In recent years Volk has served as a consultant to several N.B.A. teams.

Basic Enrollment Requirements: Unofficial Transcript – High School Degree, Bachelor’s Degree, or progress towards a Bachelor’s Degree – 3.0 GPA

Instructor Approval: Not required

Remission Eligible: Yes; first day of term; all university policies apply

Refund Policy: For-Credit 3+ Weeks

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School of Arts & Sciences