Colleges Sports Business

Wharton Sports Business Initiative

The Wharton Sports Business Initiative (WSBI) is unlike the other degree granting programs that I have highlighted in the past.  WSBI calls itself a research and executive education focused “think tank.”

Involved in the program are educational programs, strategic corporate partnerships, consulting assignments, forums, and research.  Above all, WSBI wants to become a premier Research Center where sports industry leaders, faculty, and students can learn more about the profession.

The Faculty Director is Kenneth L. Shropshire, author of The Business of Sports Agents, a book that I have recommended as a must read in the past.  Among his many other accomplishments in the field of sports, Mr. Shropshire is also the head of The Sports Lawyers Association.

If you have the grades to get into Wharton and you are interested in a career in sports, the Wharton Sports Business Initiative seems like it is a great program to get your name out there and learn about the field in an excellent hands-on setting.

By Darren Heitner

Darren Heitner created Sports Agent Blog as a New Year's Resolution on December 31, 2005. Originally titled, "I Want To Be A Sports Agent," the website was founded with the intention of causing Heitner to learn more about the profession that he wanted to join, meet reputable individuals in the space and force himself to stay on top of the latest news and trends.

Heitner now runs Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011-2014, where he created and taught a course titled, Sport Agency Management, which included subjects ranging from NCAA regulations to athlete agent certification and the rules governing the profession. Heitner serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches a Sports Law class that includes case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules.