2011 Symposium Speaker: Professor Bob Boland

Professor Robert Boland has enjoyed a long and varied career as an attorney, sports agent and player representative, coach, publicist and manager of sports events at the national and international level in a wide variety of sports.

A 1984 U.S. Olympic Trials Competitor in Greco-Roman Wrestling, Boland earned his undergraduate degree in American History from Columbia University.

He joined the athletic department at the University of Tennessee in 1990, as assistant director of athletic media relations working closely with the famed Lady Volunteer programs, while doing graduate work in sports broadcast management. He has also been active directing media relations at many SEC, NCAA and U.S. Olympic Committee championship events. He earned his law degree from Alabama’s Cumberland School of Law in 1995.

After serving as an assistant district attorney, confidential assistant to a trial judge and as special counsel in antitrust litigation, the most common sports law issue, at two large law firms in New York, Boland co-founded Global Athletic Management Enterprises (GAME) in 1998. He has represented professional athletes in contract negotiations with teams in football, baseball, basketball and soccer as well as in endorsement contracts. He is now a principal with GAME’s successor corporation, Washington Square Sports Consultants, a full service sports management and consulting firm and as Counsel to Premier Stinson, the nation’s largest firm exclusively representing coaches.

In 2003, Professor Boland joined the full-time faculty at NYU’s Preston Robert Tisch Center. He currently teaches Introduction to Sports Management; Sports Contracts and Negotiations; Sports Law; Antitrust and Collective Bargaining in Sports and Sports Finance on the undergraduate level and Legal Issues in Sports Business and Economics and Finance of Sports Industry and Professional Franchises on the graduate level. He has published numerous articles on sports law and business topics and frequently appears in the media as an expert on sports business and legal issues.

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