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What is one thing you would do to fix college sports?

How to Fix College Sports I would command a paradigm shift in the way the collegiate sports dilemma is addressed. I would inspire innovation among those focused on these issues. Collegiate sport critics, Knight Commissions, and leadership have for too long been giving laser-like focus on the "big fix." Mega issues like paying student athletes stagnate thinking on all else. The focus should be on, for example, assisting those student athletes who want to earn degrees to get them, or on educating them about the evils of performance enhancing drugs. The NCAA should host a summit called "Solutions that Work" where the small fixes that have worked for member institutions would be shared with other member institutions and then implemented forward. This would inspire greater innovation and chisel away at the dilemma. Fewer resources should be allocated on the "big fix" or the query, "How do we fix collegiate sports?" We need to stop getting bogged down in search of the collegiate sports rescue panacea. It does not exist.

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Kenneth L. Shropshire is the David W. Hauck Professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and the Faculty Director of its Wharton Sports Business Initiative. More

Kenneth L. Shropshire is the David W. Hauck Professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and the Faculty Director of its Wharton Sports Business Initiative. He served as Chairman of the School's Legal Studies and Business Ethics department from 2000-2005. Shropshire joined the Wharton faculty in 1986 and specializes in sports business and law, sports and social impact, and negotiations.

The most recent of his eight books are Negotiate Like the Pros: A Top Sports Negotiator's Lessons for Making Deals, Building Relationships and Getting What You Want 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, The Business of Sports and The Business of Sports Agents.

His consulting roles have included a wide variety of projects including work for the NCAA, National Football League, and the United States Olympic Committee. 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 for the past six years as the Academic Director of Wharton's Business Management and Entrepreneurship Program for NFL players focusing on their transition away from the game. He is currently an arbitrator for the NFLPA and USATF.

Shropshire was born in Los Angeles and attended Dorsey High School where he was an all city offensive lineman. While growing up in the Crenshaw area he played sports with and against the likes of future all pros Wendell Tyler, Butch Johnson, Wesley Walker, Marques Johnson and Rickey Bell. He is proud to have been inducted into the Dorsey High School Hall of Fame the same year as Shalamar's Jody Watley.
While earning an undergraduate degree in economics from Stanford University he was teammates with Tony Hill, James Lofton. He received his law degree from Columbia University, joined the firm of Manatt, Phelps, Rothenberg and Tunney in Los Angeles and later served as an executive with the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee led by Peter Ueberroth. There he was the staff person in charge of the boxing competition that included future world champion Evander Holyfield.

While in private practice he was the lawyer for a wide range of clients including the Comedy Act Theatre, the legendary black comedy club in the Crenshaw District of Los Angeles that spawned greats like D.L. Hughley and the late Robin Harris. He was counsel to The Baseball Network, formed by legendary baseball players Willie Stargell, Frank Robinson and others to confront the racism that was finally surfaced following the comments by Al Campanis that blacks lacked the 'necessities' to manage in baseball.

His current 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 on the Board of Trustees of the Florida Coastal School of Law (a for profit law school), as a trustee of the Women's Sports Foundation, and the Board of Directors of Peace Players International. He is also a former president of the Sports Lawyers Association, the largest such organization in the world.
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.

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