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Red Sox CEO Moonlights as Harvard Law Prof


The president and chief executive officer of the Boston Red Sox, Larry Lucchino, is moonlighting at Harvard Law School. If that strikes you as out of his league, then you probably don't know that Lucchino is an accomplished lawyer and a graduate of Yale Law School who found his way into baseball through his law practice.

The Red Sox CEO is teaming up this semester with Harvard Law Prof. Alan M. Dershowitz to teach a first-year seminar on the business and law of sports, the Harvard Crimson reports. "The class ... covers how to acquire a franchise, how to value players, how to deal with sports agents, the role of antitrust law, and how to get a stadium built."

That latter topic -- how to get a stadium built -- is one Lucchino knows well. Before he became BoSox CEO, he was CEO of the Baltimore Orioles, where he oversaw construction of the new Oriole Park at Camden Yards, and of the San Diego Padres, where he did the same for the construction of Petco Park. In Boston, he decided against building a new park to replace the much-loved Fenway Park but has overseen substantial improvements.

Lucchino's baseball career grew out of his law career. After law school, he worked at the Washington, D.C., law firm of Williams & Connolly, where founder Edward Bennett Williams had ownership interests in the Washington Redskins and the Baltimore Orioles. Lucchino's law practice involved substantial work for both teams and eventually led to his becoming CEO in Baltimore.

As for Lucchino's teaching stint, the Harvard Law students taking his class are getting something more than the combined wisdom of Lucchino and Dershowitz. For the 12 students' second classroom session, they met not at Harvard but in Lucchino's box seats at Fenway, where they watched the Red Sox clinch the American League wild card last week. "It was a great opportunity to see the real world applications of what we’re learning in law school," said one satisfied student.

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on October 5, 2009 at 02:30 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)


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