Kenneth Shropshire

TEMPE Campus
Chief Executive Officer
Faculty w/Admin Appointment


Kenneth L. Shropshire joins Arizona State University having served for over 30 years as the David W. Hauck Professor at the Wharton School in the department of legal studies and business ethics at the University of Pennsylvania. He also served as the director of the Wharton Sports Business Initiative and carries the title Wharton Professor Emeritus. 

Professor Shropshire is the first Adidas Distinguished Professor of Global Sport and the founding CEO of the Global Sport Institute, with additional appointments in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, and the African and African American Studies program in the School of Social Transformation.

Professor Shropshire's research centers on a wide range of sports-related issues, including sports business, sports business law, sports and social impact, race and the law, negotiations, franchise relocation, antitrust issues, contracts, negotiation and dispute resolution, and the broader sports industry. His research has been published in a dozen books and law journals, including Stanford Law and Policy Review, American Business Law Journal, Hastings Law Journal, Marquette Sports Law Journal, Seton Hall Journal of Sports Law, Denver University Law Review, and University of Colorado Law Review. 


  • J.D. Columbia University 1980
  • B.A. Economics, Stanford University 1977 

Research Interests

  • Sports Business
  • Sports Business Law
  • Sports and Social Impact
  • Race and the Law
  • Contracts
  • Negotiations
  • Dispute Resolution