The Magnificent Seven: Teaching Through Real-Life Experiences

When you ask the Sports Law & Business Program director at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law what makes the program unique there’s no hesitation in his response – the faculty. So much so the department has coined the current group of teaching faculty associates the “Magnificent Seven.”

Though the faculty list reads like the who’s who list of sports luminaries including Commissioner Emeritus Bud Selig and ASU Athletics Director Ray Anderson, they also have an impressive roster of faculty associates, who are at the peak of their careers.

Why are they called the “Magnificent Seven?” “It’s more an internal term we use,“ explained Glenn Wong, director of the Sports Law & Business Program. “We are privileged to have seven faculty associates who have nearly 150 years of combined sports industry experience. This group is truly exceptional and includes lawyers, team and university management, branding experts, and a former league commissioner.”

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Dana Hooper is a sports agent and a shareholder at international multi-practice law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP. Hooper also played soccer at the University of California, Berkeley. Hooper is certified as an athlete's agent and provides legal representation to sports-oriented individuals and businesses. Her experiences in professional sports and negotiation tables helps her shape the “Professional Sports Law” course she teaches.

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