Robert Romano Discusses Sports Business with Former NFL All-Pro Patrick Kerney

Professor Robert J. Romano and his Columbia University’s High School Program:  Beyond the Game – The Business of Sports students sincerely thank former NFL All-Pro Patrick Kerney for taking time out of his extremely busy schedule to spend a summer morning discussing sports business issues with the class.

Patrick Kerney was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the first round (30th overall) of the 1999 NFL draft out of University of Virginia. He played for both the Falcons and the Seattle Seahawks having a stellar NFL career which included 82.5, sacks, two trips to the Pro Bowl and being voted All-Pro twice.  He was also named the NFC’s defensive player of the year in 2007.

During his time with the students, Patrick Kerney discussed sports business issues such as selecting a proper agent, the NFL labor dispute and how valuable a good education is for a post-NFL career.  (Kerney is currently a student at Columbia’s Business School where he is pursuing an MBA).


Again, our sincere thanks to Patrick Kerney for sharing a morning discussing sports business.

NBPA Executive Director: 2011-12 NBA Season Unlikely

Billy Hunter, NBPA Executive Director, declared that the entire NBA season would be canceled because of a group of hard-line owners.  Hunter told an American Bar Association conference that if he “had to bet on it”, he would wager that there will be no NBA season.

“The circumstances have changed among [David Stern’s] constituency,” Hunter stated. “In the last six or seven years, there is a new group of owners to come in who paid a premium for their franchises, and what they’re doing is kind of holding his feet to the fire.”

“We’re $800 million apart per year,” Hunter said, “Something has to happen that both of us can use as leverage to save face.”

The NBA Owners and NBPA held a recent negotiation session but after three hour the sides emerged as far apart as they were when the day began. Commission Stern said the sides were “at the same place as they were when the lockout began July 1.”

The NBA Owners want changes to the league’s salary structure, claiming $300 million in losses last season. Players acknowledge that there have been losses but dispute the amount.

Additionally, Hunter is encouraging players to find teams overseas to play for rather than giving into the owners’ demands.

Are Changes Coming to the NCAA?

NCAA President Mark Emmert, together with approximately 70 college presidents, chancellors and conference officials, will meet over the next two days to “address issues ranging from rules compliance, to sentiment for getting more scholarship money for student-athletes and attacking academic shortcomings in the marquee sports of football and men’s basketball.”

NCAA officials are under the opinion that as a result of these meetings “significant changes in college athletics” are on the horizon.  One can only hope that these “significant changes” are truly in the best interest of the student-athlete and not to help further fill the pockets of the NCAA.