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Donald Sterling. Ray Rice. The Washington Redskins. The Miami Dolphins. NCAA athletes.

These names, among countless others, have blanketed the headlines as the media has brought global attention to several recent sports controversies. Now Kenneth L. Shropshire, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania professor of legal studies and business ethics and director of the Wharton Sports Business Initiative, uses these stories as a prism for exploring the leadership challenges facing team owners, management, players, and fans.

In Sport Matters, Shropshire examines the need for diversity, inclusion, respect, and equality in sports, focusing on the need for leadership to embrace and deliver these principles in a real and tangible way within the sports industry. He also introduces the Sports Power Matrix, a framework for understanding power within the sports industry.

Sport Matters addresses what the Donald Sterling drama can teach us about race and the need for inclusion at the ownership level, the lessons learned from the NFL and Ray Rice case, the Washington Redskins name and the economics of change, what the Miami Dolphins matter tells us about respect in the workplace and beyond, and compensation and equality in “amateur” sports.

Sport Matters, filled with disturbing revelations and uncomfortable truths, also provides hope, revealing how obstacles to achieving an ideal culture of equality and respect within the sports industry can be removed. Shropshire argues that while change matters, continued emphasis on diversity, inclusion, and respect is needed to create true progress.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Highly recommended for anyone who wants to understand the critical leadership challenges in sports today.”

    Stephen M. Ross, Owner, Miami Dolphins

  • “The power and money are still not available to all, regardless of gender, race, and sexual orientation. Shropshire shows how we can make deeper progress toward leveling the playing field.”

    Billie Jean King, former #1 World Tennis Champion and activist

  • “A seminal contribution to our understanding of the power structures…of the American sports enterprise today. A must read for all who are seriously interested in the…broader meaning and consequences of sport in America today.”

    Harry Edwards, PhD, Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, and Consultant, NFL and NBA

  • “Kenneth L. Shropshire’s Sport Matters is nothing short of essential reading….This book should be read by all of those who are interested in, or even curious about, sports.”

    Charles J. Ogletree Jr., Harvard Law School Jesse Climenko Professor of Law and author of The Presumption of Guilt

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About the Author

Kenneth L. Shropshire is the David W. Hauck Professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, director of the Wharton Sports Business Initiative, academic director for Wharton’s Business Management and Entrepreneurial Program for NFL Players, and a Wharton professor of negotiating and dispute resolution. He is also the former president of the Sports Lawyers Association and has been a consultant to the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the National Football League, and Major League Baseball.

About the Narrator

Walter Dixon is a broadcast media veteran of more than twenty years’ experience with a background in theater and performing arts and voice work for commercials. After a career in public radio, he is now a full-time narrator with more than fifty audiobooks recorded in genres ranging from religion and politics to children’s stories.