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Sack, Allen (full)
Management of Sport Industries
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    Professor of Sports Management, played on Notre Dame's 1966 National Championship football team. He later served as director of the federally funded Center for Athletes' Rights and Education, an organization co-sponsored by the National Football League Players Association. His extensive research on sports industries has appeared in numerous academic books and journals. He has served as a consultant to the NCAA and as an expert witness, and has published numerous columns in periodicals such as the New York Times, the Sporting News, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. He is the director of the Institute for Sports Management at University of New Haven.




    Ph.D. Sociology: Pennsylvania State University, 1974
    M.A. Sociology: Pennsylvania State University, 1970
    B.A. Sociology: Notre Dame University, 1967




    Faculty member of the Year Award for Service, presented by the President of the University of New Haven, 2007

    Researcher of the Year Award, College of Business, University of New Haven 2006-07

    University of New Haven Faculty Recognition Award. Presented by UNH student athletes to the faculty member who has “challenged them to achieve their academic goals,” 1997-98

    University Freshman Program Award. Presented to the outstanding professor in the university’s freshman experience program, 1993

    University of New Haven Distinguished Teacher Award, 1991

    Professional Affiliations

    Editorial Board - Journal of Sport Management
    Editorial Board - Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Sports
    Executive Board - College Sport Research Institute, University of Memphis
    Founding Member - The Drake Group
Academic Credentials

    Published Works

    Sack, A.L.  Counterfeit AmateursAn Athlete's Journey Through the Sixties to the Age of Academic Capitalism (University Park, PA: Penn State Press (2008)
    ack, A.L. and E. J. Staurowsky. College Athletes for Hire: The Evolution and Legacy of the NCAA's Amateur Myth (Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers, 1998).

    Sack, A.L. Singh, P., and Tony DiPaolo. "Spectator Motives for Attending Professional Tennis Events: Linking Marketing and Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs Theory." International Journal of Sport Management and Marketing(forthcoming).

    Sack, A.L., Singh, P., and R. Thiel "Occupational Segregation on the Playing Field: The Case of Major League Baseball." Journal of Sport Management, 19(3), 2005.

    Sack, A.L.  "The Amateur vs. Professional Debate in Collegiate Athletics,"Encyclopedia of World Sport (Great Barrington, MA: Berkshire Publishing Group, June 1, 2005).

    Staurowsky, E., and A.L.Sack, "Reconsidering the Use of the Term ‘Student Athlete': Should Scholars Abandon It?"  Journal of Sport Management19(2), 2005.

    Singh, P., Sack, A.L., and R. Dick, "Free Agency and Pay Discrimination in Major League Baseball."  Sociology of Sport Journal20(3), 2003.

    Dick, R. and A. L. Sack, "NBA Marketing Directors Perceptions of Effective Marketing Strategies: A longitudinal Study,"  International Sports Journal. Winter, 2002.

    ack, A.L. and G. Fried, "Pitching Women's Tennis to Corporate Sponsors: A Case study of Pilot Pen Tennis," Sport Marketing Quarterly10(2), 2001.

    Sack, A. L. and J. Suster, "Soccer and Croatian Nationalism: A Prelude to War," Journal of Sport and Social IssuesSpring, 2000.

    Sack, A. L. "A Rejoinder to Timothy Davis, Collegiate Sport in the Next Millennium,"Marquette Sports Law Journal, Fall, 1999.

    Sack, A. L. and A. Johnson. "Politics, Economic Development, and the Volvo International Tennis Tournament," Journal of Sport Management, January, 1996.

    Johnson, A. and A. L. Sack, "Assessing the Value of Sports Facilities: The Importance of Noneconomic Factors," Economic Development Ouarterly10,4 1996.

    Sack, A. L. "An Assessment of Restructuring Efforts Within the NCAA," Journal of College and University LawSummer, 1995.

    Sack, A. L. "Getting Out From Under the Table," in Andrew Yiannakis et. al. (Eds.) Sport Sociology Contemporary Themes (Dubuque, Iowa: Kendal Hunt, 1993).

    Sack, A. L. "The Underground Economy of College Football," Sociology of Sport Journal, 8:1(1991)Reprinted in Andrew Yiannakis et. al. (Eds.) Sport Sociology: Contemporary Themes (Dubuque, Iowa: Kendal Hunt, 1993).

    Sack, A. L. "Contributions of Sport Sociology to Sport Management," in Andrew Yiannakis (Ed.) Applied Sociology of Sport (Champaign, IL.: Human Kinetics Publishers, Inc., 1991).

    Sack, A.L. "Are Improper Benefits Really Improper? A study of College Athletes' Views Concerning Amateurism," Journal of Sport and Social Issues12:1(1988)Reprinted in JonSlaughter and Richard Lapchick (Eds.) Ethics in College Sport (New York: ACE/Macmillan, 1989).

    Sack, A.L. "College Sport and the Student-Athlete, The Journal of Sport and Social Issues,11:1(1988).

    Sack, A.L. "Jan Kemp Wins One for Academic Integrity," Journal of Sport and Social Issues10:1(1986).

    Sack, A.L. "Workers' Compensation for College Athletes," Journal of Sport and Social Issues, 9:1 (1985).

    Sack, A.L. and R. Thiel. "College Basketball and Role Conflict: A National Survey," Sociology of Sport Journal2:3 (1985).

    Sack, A.L. and B. Kidd. "The Amateur Athlete as Employee," in James Frey and Art Johnson (Eds.) Government and Sport: Public Policy Issues (Totowa, NJ:Rowman and Allanheld, 1985).

    Sack, A.L. "The Amateur Myth: The Rights and Responsibilities of College Athletes," in Wiley Lee Umphlett (Ed.) American Sport Culture: The Humanistic Dimension (Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press, 1985).

    Sack, A.L. and C. Watkins. "Winning and Giving," in Donald Chu et. al. (Eds.)
    Sport and Higher Education 
    (Champaign, it.: Human Kinetics Publishers, Inc.,1985).

    Sack, A.L. Proposition 48: Masterpiece in Public Relations," Journal of Sport and Social Issues, 8:1 (1984).

    Sack, A.L. "Cui Bono? Contradictions in College Sports and Athletes' Rights," in James Frey (Ed.) The Governance of Intercollegiate Athletics (New York:Leisure Press, 1983).

    Sack, A.L. and R. Thiel. "College Football and Social Mobility," Sociology of Education, January, 1979. Reprinted in "George Sage (Ed.) Sport in American Society, Third Edition (Reading, MA: Adison Wesley, 1980).

    Sack, A.L. "Big-time College Football: Whose Free Ride?" Quest, Winter, 1977.
    Reprinted in Andrew Yiannakis (Ed.) Sport Sociology: Contemporary Themes
    (Dubuque, Iowa: Kendel Hunt Publishing Company, 1979).

    Sack, A.L. "Sport: Work or Play in Phillip Stevens (Ed.) Studies in the Anthropology of Play: Essays in Memory of Allen Tindal (New York: Leisure Press, 1977).

    Sack, A.L. and David L. Westby. "The Commercialization and Functional Rationalization of College Football," Journal of Higher EducationNovember-December 1976.

    Sack, A.L. "Yale 29 - Harvard 4: The Professionalization of College FootballQuestJan. 1973.

    Guest Columns and Magazine Articles

    Sack, A.L.  "Taking to the Streets at the Final Four," New York Daily News, March 20, 2008.

    Sack, A.L.  "Should College Athletes be Paid?," Christian Science MonitorMarch 7, 2008.

    Sack, A.L.  "A Crossroads for the Fighting Irish (and Their Peers)," Inisde Higher Education,January 4, 2008.

    Sack, A.L.  "Dropping the Ball: Tax-Exempt NCAA Under Fire as Colleges Perform End Run Around Academic Rules,"  The Hartford CourantApril 12, 2007.

    Sack, A.L.  "Assertive Faculty Will Aid Academic Reform," NCAA NewsMay 24, 2004.

    Sack, A.L. "NCAA Irrevocably Abandoned Amateur Principles Long Ago,"
    Indianapolis Star
    June 10, 2003.

    Sack, A.L. "College Sport and the Myth of Amateurism," Christian Science MoniterMarch 17, 2003.

    Sack, A.L.  "America's Best Cartel Ripe for Legal Challenge," Street & Smith's Sports Business JournalMarch 3-9, 2003.

    Sack, A.L. "NCAA policy invites players to unionize," Street & Smith's Sport Business Journal, April 19-21, 2002.

    Sack, A.L. "Big-Time Athletics vs. Academic Values: It's a Rout," Chronicle of Higher EducationJanuary, 2001.

    Sack, A.L "Getting Up Close and Personal With Under-the-Table Payments," New York Times,March 11, 2000.

    Sack, A.L. "Athletes Being Held Hostage in Mega-Bucks Deal," Street & Smith's Sports Business Journal January 10-16, 2000.

    Sack, A. L. "Proposition 16: Nothing But Public Relations," Street & Smith's Sports BusinessJournalMay 17-23, 1999.

    Sack, A.L. "The NCAA's ‘Amateur Myth' an Impeachable Offense?" Street & Smith's Sports Business JournalFebruary 8, 1999.

    Sack, A.L. "A New Plan for Reform in College Athletics," New York TimesDecember 20, 1999.

    Sack, A.L. "Game Gets His Irish Up," The New York Daily NewsSeptember, 6, 1998.

    Sack, A. L. "Separating the Amateurs From the Pros," The Hartford CourantOctober 31, 1997.

    Sack, A. L. "Workers Compensation," Notre Dame MagazineSpring, 1993.

    Sack, A.L. "Random Tests Abuse Dignity," New York TimesMay 29, 1988.

    Sack, A.L. "Looking Behind the Proposition 48 Image," New York TimesNov. 9, 1986.

    Sack, A.L. "The College Game Sure Has Changed," Sporting News, August 27, 1984.

    Sack, A.L. "Professional Teams in Universities Won't Solve the Crisis in College Sports,"Chronicle of Higher EducationOctober 6, 1982.

    Sack, A.L. "College Sport Must Choose: Amateur or Pro?" New York TimesMay 3, 1981.

    Sack, A.L. "Players are Ignored in Big Money Deals: College Athletes Must Organize," New York TimesSeptember 27, 1981.

    Sack, A.L. "When Yale Spirit Vanquished Harvard Indifference," The Harvard Magazine,November, 1975.
Industry Experience

    Academic Positions

    Professor of Sports Management: University of New Haven, 1991-present

    Director of the Institute for Sports Management: School of Business, 2006-present

    Interim Dean: School of Business, 2011-present

    Adjunct Professor: University of Connecticut, 1996-2000

    Professor of Sociology: University of New Haven, 1986-1991

    Director of the University Honors Program, 1986-1991

    Associate Professor of Sociology: University of New Haven, 1980-1986

    Department Chair: University of New Haven, 1983-1986

    Assistant Professor of Sociology: University of New Haven, 1974-1980



    Administrative Experience

    Executive Board Member: College Sport Research Institute, University of Memphis, 2007-present


    Executive Board Member: The Drake Group, 1999-2004

    A national network of college faculty committed to academic integrity in collegiate sport


    Director of the Institute for Sport Management: College of Business, University of New Haven, 2006-Present  


    Coordinator of the Management of Sport Industries Program: University of New Haven 1991-Present


    University Ombudsman: University of New Haven, 1988-1991


    Director of the Arts and Science Honors Program: University of New Haven, 1987-1991


    Chairperson of the Sociology and Social Welfare Department: University of New Haven, 1983 -1986


    Project Director: Center for Athletes Rights and Education, 1981-1983

Curriculum Vitae