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: Leadership, Power, and the Quest for Respect in Sports, 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
- 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.
“In Sport Matters, Kenneth L. Shropshire shines a light on recent sports controversies that show us how far we have to go to create a culture of respect and civility in sport. Fortunately, he also recommends steps toward making important changes, which we hope will lead to true progress. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to understand the critical leadership challenges in sports today.”
“There has been significant social change over the years, but as Kenneth L. Shropshire argues in Sport Matters, 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.”
“Kenneth L. Shropshire’s Sport Matters is nothing short of essential reading. In a diverse society, each individual should enjoy the respect and equal access to which they are entitled, regardless of their race or any other aspect of their background. As Shropshire notes, this is still not a reality within the world of sports. In Sport Matters, Shropshire points the way forward. This book should be read by all of those who are interested in, or even curious about, sports.”
“Sport Matters makes a seminal contribution to our understanding of the power structures, roles, and broader societal contexts and relevance of the American sports enterprise today. Professor Kenneth L. Shropshire’s firsthand knowledge and insights, born of years of experience working and consulting with sports leagues, teams, and individual sports figures, combined with the keen analytical and deconstruction skills of the practicing attorney, uniquely positions him to explore and explain critical connections and relationships between developments within and beyond the sports arena. A must read for all who are seriously interested in the current state, institutional functioning and trajectory, and broader meaning and consequences of sport in America today.”
“The concerns and solutions set forth in Sport Matters are invaluable for those focused on improving sport and its impact around the globe.”
“In Sport Matters, Kenneth L. Shropshire examines several troubling controversies in sports that stem from a persistent lack of diversity, inclusion, respect, and equality. But Shropshire offers ways to address these challenges and attests to sport’s ability to combat racial, gender, and social inequities in sports and throughout society. It is a must read for anyone who wishes to see sports as a means for social change.”
“Kenneth L. Shropshire’s Sport Matters reminds us that diversity and inclusion strengthen and enrich us all. The book is highly recommended for those who wish to understand the need for respect in the world of sports and beyond.”
“Sport Matters confirms that Ken Shropshire is the nation’s most thoughtful and incisive voice on issues of sport and society.In the book, Shropshire examines a number of challenges and societal ills with which the sports world is currently grappling—from racial disparagement to domestic violence to homophobia to questions of exploitation in collegiate athletics—and puts them in solid historical context while challenging us to consider how the future could and should look.It is a brilliant exploration and a must read for anyone who questions what sport means to our society.”
Research at Penn, January 01, 2016
Leadership, Power, and Respect in Sports
Sport Matters: Leadership, Power, and the Quest for Respect in Sports is featured in the January 2016 Research at Penn catalog.
International Business Times, August 04, 2015
Los Angeles Olympics 2024: After Successful 1984 Games, Can LA Pull It Off Again?
Professor Kenneth Shropshire discusses prospective Olympic host cities.
February 18, 2016
Sport Matters Wins Axiom Business Book Award
Wharton Digital Press is proud to announce that Kenneth L. Shropshire’s Sport Matters: Leadership, Power, and the Quest for Respect in Sports has earned an Axiom Business Book Award, receiving a bronze medal in business ethics.
February 25, 2015
Free Course: The Global Business of Sports
Available for free to anyone interested in the subject, Kenneth L. Shropshire’s Coursera course, The Global Business of Sports, is scheduled to begin July 2015.
Links for Further Reading
Kenneth Shropshire Websitehttp://www.kennethshropshire.com/
Wharton Sports Business Initiativehttp://whartonsportsbiz.org/
Wharton Sports Business Show, SIRIUSXM CHANNEL 111, Live Tuesdays at 4 pm EThttp://www.siriusxm.com/businessradio
SportsLaw 10 Podcasthttp://www.duanemorris.com/site/sportslaw10.html
Rise to Winhttp://www.risetowin.org/