Receiving an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters at the University of New Haven Spring 2016 Commencement Ceremony
Allen Sack, a professor emeritus in the sport management department at the University of New Haven, retired in 2015 after 40 years of service to the University. He established the University’s sport management major, which has grown into one of the most respected in the country. He also served as director of the University’s first honors program.
Sack is nationally recognized for his efforts to reform the NCAA, the governing body for intercollegiate athletics, and he is a former president of The Drake Group, a national organization of faculty and staff from universities across the country who seek to defend academic integrity in college sports.
He has supported legislation at the state and national levels to maintain athletes as an integral part of the student body. He has met with the U.S. Secretary of Education and others to support a bill to create a President’s Blue Ribbon Commission on big-time college sports.
A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, he was a defensive end on legendary coach Ara Parseghian’s 1966 national championship football team. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams and went on to receive a Ph.D. in sociology from Pennsylvania State University. In the 1980s, Sack was director of the federally funded Center for Athletes Rights and Education, an organization co-sponsored by the National Football League Players Association and the Conference of Black Lawyers.
Sack has published extensively in scholarly journals on topics ranging from soccer and ethnic cleansing in the Balkans to sport marketing and the role of sport in economic development. He has presented papers at countless scholarly conferences and written books and numerous chapters in books.
His guest columns and op-eds have appeared in a myriad of respected publications, and he has made appearances on Good Morning America, CNN and ESPN and on more than 100 radio stations.