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2011 Symposium Speaker: Professor Michael Cramer

Professor Cramer is the current director of the Texas Program in Sports and Media at the University of Texas. He has also taught at NYU and served as president and chief operating officer of Southwest Sports Group, L.L.C. and Southwest Sports Realty, L.L.C. and in those roles, served as president of the Dallas Stars hockey team and Texas Rangers baseball team at various times. Prior to that, he was a founding partner of C. Dean Metropoulos & Co. (CDM), a private investment and management firm which operated and managed several public and privately-held consumer companies including The Morningstar Group Inc, International Home Foods, Inc, Ghirardelli Chocolate and Stella Foods. Before joining CDM, he practiced law in Wisconsin for several years.

Professor Cramer received his B.A. from the State University of New York at Albany in 1974 and a J.D. from Marquette University Law School in 1978. Professor Cramer has served as a member of several charitable boards, foundations, advisory groups, and civic groups (as chairman of several), including: the Wisconsin National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Shoes for Orphan Souls, Habitat for Humanity, the National Sports Law Institute, and many more. He also served as a member and chairman of the City of Arlington (Texas) Chamber of Commerce which is responsible for economic development for that city.

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