KEN 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. Shropshire earned his undergraduate degree in economics from Stanford University, and he received his law degree from Columbia University.