SEC Commissioner Visits Sports Law Class

Posted: Fri, 11/09/2012 - 18:35

On Wednesday, November 7, Professor Donald Jackson’s sports law class welcomed Southeastern Conference [SEC] Commissioner Mike Slive for a class discussion.  Slive addressed the class regarding his sports career. 

Slive noted how he started his career as a lawyer and provided great insight to the law students about how to approach their careers.

“Having Commissioner Slive take time out of his busy day to drop by and to speak with our sports law class was an honor, especially to those of us who are interested in entering the sports world when we graduate.  He gave some great insight on getting started and tips on how to be successful in a fast moving and competitive field," said third-year law student Rory McKean.

To help understand the many business aspects of sports, McKean is dual enrolled in the law school’s J.D./M.B.A. program.  In this program, law students are able to take M.B.A. classes at Samford University’s Brock School of Business and graduate with both degrees in three years, in most cases.

Jackson has many relationships within the sports industry. When he is not teaching his sports law class, he is the owner of The Sports Group, a unique and diverse boutique sports firm. His clients include players in the National Football League, Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, Canadian Football League, and Women’s United Soccer Association, among others.