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August 16, 2021

Sport Law Expert Gil Fried joins University of West Florida Faculty

Pensacola, FL

The University of West Florida (UWF, Pensacola, FL) is pleased to announce that Gil Fried has joined the faculty in the College of Education and Professional Studies (CEPS), starting in the fall 2021 semester.  Professor Fried will not just teach sport management courses, but will also Chair the Administration & Law Department, which includes sport management, construction management, public administration, and legal studies. 

Professor Fried Joins UWF after spending 22 years at the University of New Haven (UNH). While at UNH, Professor Fried became a major national figure in the sports safety area working on topics such as foul ball safety, crowd management best practices, and buffer zone safety in various sports. He has taught thousands of students in classes such as sport law, sport facility management, sport finance, and event management.  Professor Fried is also prolific author. He has written over 12 textbooks on topics such as sport law, sport facility management, sport finance, sport analytics, and even Esport business management. His textbooks are currently used at over 140 universities throughout the United States as well as being translated into various language such as Chinese, Korean, Russian, and Spanish. 

While Professor Fried has had a strong academic focus, he is often best known for his work outside the classroom.  He has served on various boards both with for profit corporations and nonprofit organizations. For example, he is on the Executive Board of the National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) where he helps lead over 60 million young Americans who participate in youth sports.  He also has worked on some of the most important sport law cases over the last 30 years ranging from deaths at stadiums to nationally regarded cases involving assaults and injuries at both major and minor sports, entertainment, and recreation venues. 

“I am so happy to be part of a team where I can leverage not just my sport management background, but also my legal background with UWF’s nationally ranked legal studies program, my facility management background with our construction management program, and my experience working with cities/counties for UWF’s public administration degree,” said Professor Fried.

CEPS Dean, Dr. William Crawley said, “[W]e are so excited to have someone with Professor Fried’s knowledge, experience, and background joining us.  He can leverage our existing resources and faculty, and help grow stakeholder engagement and partnership opportunities to help our students and the programs thrive.”

For additional information or to reach Professor Fried directly you can reach him at or 850-474-3246.

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kevin kahn  1. Organization Name
  Colorado Rockies Baseball Club

  2. Job Title
  Chief Customer Officer / VP Ballpark Operations

  3. What does your organization do?
  Professional baseball and other entertainment events

4. What exciting and unique things has your organization done in the past or is workng on currently?
We are preparing for the 2021 MLB All-Star Game

5. What is one of your favorite stories that you tell about the business?
Play-in game versus San Diego in 2007 when a very close play at home plate that scored the winning run. Went on to win the NL Championship and play in the World Series.

6. What is your favorite thing about SMA?
The opportunity to meet new poeople across different types of venues as well as learn about products and services to enhance our operations.

7. What is one thing that excites you about being a part of the industry?
The incrdible level of energy and passion towards our industry. It is truly inspiring!

In February 2021, the SMA Board voted in the 2021-2022 Slate.

Dr. Brian Crow, Slippery Rock University, Slippery, PA, was named President; Logan Gerken, Mortenson, Minneapolis, MN was named Vice President; Ken Curry, Covermaster, Rexdale, ON, was named Treasurer/Secretary; and Rob Vanderhei, Amfab Steel, Inc, Bernadillo, NM, Past President.

Courtney Alexander-Smith, Ford Field, Detroit, MI; Chris Lamberth, tvsdesign, Atlanta, GA; Coke Irwin, Irwin Seating Company, Grand Rapids, MI; Pam McNealy Powell, AECOM Hunt, Indianapolis, IN; Roland Hayden, Pritchard Sports & Entertainment, Crofton, MD; Todd Stewart, Show Pros Entertainment Services, Charlotte, NC; and Rusty Lenners, Daktronics, Flagstaff, AZ were elected to serve on the Foundation Board.

Ex-Officio advisors include Justin Durfey, BYU LaVell Edwards Stadium, Provo, UT; Dr. Michael Jackson, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA; Mickey Farrell, Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL; Troy Hoberg, AECOM Hunt, Phoenix, AZ and Ron Labinski, Fairway, KS.

The mission of the SMA Foundation is simple: provide tuition assistance for educational purposes, special projects and programs that will facilitate the advancement and dissemination of knowledge in the field of stadium management and related fields.