About Kenneth Shropshire

Kenneth Shropshire

Kenneth L. Shropshire, the David W. Hauck Professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, is the author of several award-winning books such as The Business of Sports, The Business of Sports Agents, The Sports Franchise Game, In Black and White, Sports and the Law, and Basketball Jones. His expert views have been presented in Wall Street Journal, Sports Illustrated, National Public Radio, The Sports Business Journal, and Nightline. A Stanford and Columbia Law graduate, Shropshire previously worked in private law practice and as an executive with the LA Olympic Organizing Committee. He is also the Director of the Wharton Sports Business Initiative.

Effective July 1, 2017, he is Wharton Endowed Professor Emeritus and also becomes the CEO of the Global Sport Institute and the Adidas Distinguished Professor of Global Sport at Arizona State University. For more on this click here.

He also serves on the board of directors of Moelis & Company, USA Volleyball, and the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality.

His blend of legal and business consulting clients have included the likes of the National Football League and Major League Baseball. In baseball, he served on the Commissioner appointed On Field Diversity Task Force assisting with their research initiatives. When the NFL sought to revive its Career Symposium Shropshire assisted them in hosting the event at Wharton. This after leading the Business Management and Entrepreneurial Program for NFL players at Wharton since 2004. His consulting roles have included a wide variety of other clients including work for the NCAA, and the United States Olympic Committee. He has handled traditional legal work too including contract negotiations for a wide range of sports related matters from boxing promotional agreements to coaching and executive contracts. He also works extensively with sports entrepreneurs ranging from an entity focused on cutting edge scouting for hockey to the representation of the creator of a new sports league.

In 2000 the Mayor of Philadelphia appointed Shropshire to chair Philadelphia’s stadium site selection committee and later, projects focused on future Philadelphia bids for the Olympic Games. He has also served as an arbitrator for the NFLPA and USATF.

He attended Stanford University on a football scholarship earning a degree in economics and received his law degree from Columbia University. Prior to coming to the Wharton School in 1986 he practiced law in Los Angeles and served as an executive with the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee.

His current academic research focuses on sport and social impact. He is particularly interested in how sport has been used to impact social conditions in the United States and around the globe. This research has taken him frequently to South Africa, where he focuses on the Royal Bafokeng Nation as well as Brazil and Jamaica.

He is a founder and member of the Board of Directors of the Valley Green Bank in Philadelphia. He also serves as a trustee of the Women’s Sports Foundation, and the Board of Directors of Peace Players International and USA Volleyball. He is also a former president of the Sports Lawyers Association, the largest such organization in the world.

The most recent of his books are Negotiate Like the Pros: A Top Sports Negotiator’s Lessons for Making Deals, Building Relationships and Getting What You Want, The Business of Sports and Being Sugar Ray: The Life of America’s Greatest Boxer and First Celebrity Athlete. His works include the foundational books, In Black and White: Race and Sports in America, and The Business of Sports Agents.

Shropshire has provided commentary for a number of media outlets including Nightline, CNN, the New York Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio and Sports Illustrated.
Sports dominate the Shropshire family with his daughter Theresa playing varsity squash at Stanford, wife Diane a former pro and collegiate doubles tennis champion and their son Sam a High School All-American who will be attending Northwestern University on a tennis scholarship in the fall.