Arizona State is taking the plunge by adding a sports law and business program to its curriculum. It will be the first time a college is offering this type of course in these particular areas in the sports world.
According to Sports Agent Blog, the school will start the program in the 2014-2015 academic year and courses will specialize in the development of multidisciplinary problem solving, strategic management, and analytical skills. The new one-year degree programs are a Master of Legal Studies (M.L.S.) for those without a legal background and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) for those with a law degree.
Professor Rodney K. Smith of ASU Law, stated, “I’ve worked in the sports law field for three decades and can see we need professionals who have training in both law and business to help work on regulatory and revenue issues in the sports industry. I don’t know of any other program in the country that offers a master’s degree like this with just a single, intensive year of study.”