UMass Amherst Professor Will Discuss Sport and the Law at Distinguished Faculty Lecture April 6

AMHERST, Mass. - University of Massachusetts sport studies professor Glenn Wong will deliver the fourth and final lecture in this year’s Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series Tues. April 6 at 4 p.m. in Memorial Hall. The event is free and open to the public. A reception immediately follows the lecture.

The title of Wong’s presentation is "The Impact of Law on the Development of Sport." He will discuss the evolution of the body of law that influences and governs the development and practice of sport.

Wong will cover pivotal cases as they apply to three sectors of sport: professional sports, intercollegiate athletics, and Olympic sport. He will address several recent and current cases including Law v. National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), a restricted earnings coaches case; Smith v. NCAA, a Title IX case; Cureton v. NCAA, involving initial eligibility; and collective bargaining issues in professional team sports.

"Litigation and legislation affects the implementation of policies, rules, and regulations of large sport-governing bodies such as the NCAA, professional sports, and the Olympics," says Wong. "The law has an enormous influence on how the games are played, who can participate, the coaches, and who reaps the financial rewards from the sport enterprise."

During the nearly 20 years he has spent at UMass, Wong has held a number of positions: professor in the sport management program, department head, acting dean of the former School of Physical Education, and interim director of athletics. An attorney, Wong is an expert in the field of sport law and has written extensively on the subject. He has authored or co-authored three sport law books, among them the first case-study book on sport law. He has also written numerous articles, and contributes a monthly column on contemporary sport law cases and topics to Athletic Business magazine.

Wong currently serves as faculty athletics representative to the NCAA. His professional affiliations include membership on the Labor Panel of the American Arbitration Association, the International Court of Arbitration for Sport, and the Board of Directors of the Sports Lawyers Association, the largest professional organization of lawyers working in the sports industry. He is active in sport law issues such as contracts, salary arbitration, insurance, Title IX, and other collegiate and tort liability issues.

Following his lecture, Wong will receive a Chancellor’s Medal, the highest honor presented by the campus to individuals for extraordinary service to the University.