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Symposium on Operations and Economics of Competitive Sports Teams

For those interested in sports economics or learning how sports organizations are operated. We encourage students, faculty, and community members to attend.


MONDAY, APRIL 11, 2016 

Hesprich Auditorium - UWL Graff Main Hall on the UWL campus 



3:30 PM: Doors Open

4:00-4:45 PM: Panel Discussion: La Crosse Sports Operations  

     - Dan Kapanke, Owner of Loggers  

     - Michele Bryant, Owner of Chill 

     - Kim Blum, UWL AD 

4:45-5: Break 

5-5:45: Dennis Coates, Professor of Economics at University of Maryland, Baltimore County 

5:45-6: Break 

6-6:50: Oliver Luck, NCAA Executive Vice President Regulatory Affairs



Oliver Luck is the NCAA’s first executive vice president for regulatory affairs and oversees all NCAA regulatory functions – enforcement, academic and membership affairs, and the eligibility center.

He leads a team of individuals responsible for investigating potential violations involving member schools in order to uphold integrity and fair play among the NCAA membership. He is also involved in legislative interpretations, waiver requests, and academic and amateurism certification.

Luck joined the NCAA in 2014 after a successful four-year run as the director of athletics at West Virginia University. He led West Virginia into the Big 12 Conference and presided over the best fundraising year in school history (2012). In 2005, Luck was appointed the first president of Major League Soccer’s Houston Dynamo, helping the organization to a pair of MLS Cup titles in his first two years at the helm.  He also served as the CEO of the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority and as the President of NFL Europe.

The Rhodes Scholarship finalist and Cleveland native graduated Phi Beta Kappa from West Virginia in 1982, where he was a three-year starting quarterback on the football team. Luck was selected in the second round of the NFL draft by the Houston Oilers and spent five years with the organization. Luck earned a law degree from the University of Texas at Austin, graduating cum laude in 1987. He’s a member of the West Virginia University Sports Hall of Fame and CoSIDA Academic All-America Hall of Fame.


Dennis Coates is Professor of Economics at University of Maryland, Baltimore County.  He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Maryland, College Park and was on the faculty of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill before moving to UMBC in 1995.  His research focuses on political economy and public policy issues with emphasis on sport and sports economics topics. He is the editor of the Journal of Sports Economics and on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Sport Finance, the Journal of Sport Management, Public Choice and several other journals.  He was the founding president of the North American Association of Sports Economics.


The conference invitation is open to anyone interested in sports economics or learning how sports organizations are operated.

Please REGISTER in advance.