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Center for the Advancement of Sport

The Center for the Advancement of Sport - a major interdisciplinary initiative – provides students with opportunities to get a foothold in the sports industry through experiential learning including externships at local and even national athletic organizations.

Drawing on some of UB’s greatest strengths: the work of faculty in law, education, social work, management, engineering and computer science as well as UB’s Department of Athletics, the Center focuses on educational programming, collaborative research and policy initiatives.

Projects include:

Buffalo Bills Stadium Project
 This summer, a new Practicum course will launch through which UB School of Law students will collaborate with students from the Center for Data and Computational Sciences and the School of Management to provide support to Erie County on the Buffalo Bills stadium project.  Working under the direction of Vice Dean Kim Diana Connolly and Professor Nellie Drew, students will engage in research and related activities in conjunction with Erie County outside counsel Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

Sports Law and Data Analytics 
The Center is collaborating with the UB Institute for Computational and Data Sciences to present a series of one credit, asynchronous online courses culminating in a micro-credential in Sports Law and Data Analytics.  These courses focus upon the skillsets required for employment in the increasingly data-focused, highly regulated sports industry.  Incorporating significant contributions from sports industry experts, and drawing upon the expertise of former NHL executive, general manager and player, Gerry Meehan, these courses are open to the public for enrollment. Learn more about the series.

Our People

  • Helen "Nellie" Drew, Director, Center for the Advancement of Sport
  • Joe Schaefer, Associate, Lippes Mathias LLP
  • Jonathan Coyles '05, Vice President of Drug, Health & Safety Programs for Major League Baseball
  • Shane Costa '13, NFL Agent, General Counsel, Generation Sports Group
  • Paul Iya '13, NFL Agent, Director of Legal Affairs, Generation Sports Group
Introducing UB's Center for the Advancement of Sport

Contact Us


Helen "Nellie" Drew, Director, Center for the Advancement of Sport
619 O'Brian Hall, North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-1100

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