Sports Law Professor Ted Curtis and the Role of Experiential Learning

Sports Law Professor Ted Curtis and the Role of Experiential Learning

During his time at the University of South Florida, Theodore Curtis was a member of the institution’s in-house legal team.  He represented the school on legal issues “in intercollegiate athletics, technology law and intellectual property.’

Curtis’ career began as a journalist for a “Boston-area newspaper in 1989.” Writing on “sports, business, law and politics,” would build the foundation for his current role as an associate professor in Lynn University’s College of Business and Management.

Experiential learning and educational relevance is essential, in Curtis’ view, to an effective teaching method. This is where the student excels. The hands-on experience has no substitute.

As an example, for several years now Lynn University sports management students, have participated in the Allianz Championship—one of the stops on the PGA Champions Tour. Every February in Boca Raton, these volunteers get the opportunity to serve “in admissions, corporate hospitality, scoring control and many other areas of the event’s operations,” learning—“first-hand and hands-on—of the inner workings of the highly-respected professional golf event.”

Curtis, is quick to point out, “There is only one way to fully learn about the complexities of the sports industry, and that is by diving in. By helping the staff from the PGA Champions Tour and the Golf Channel, our students gain invaluable experience and great resume-builders.”

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