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Published: March 23, 2018 Author: Samara Rafert

Ohio University Press will host a launch and signing for a new sports management book series’ first two books, both by OHIO professors, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 30, on the third floor of the Ohio University Phil and Pat Muck Business Annex.

"20 Secrets to Success for NCAA Student-Athletes Who Won’t Go Pro"

The book by Rick Burton, Andy Dolich, Jake Hirshman, Heather Lawrence and Norm O’Reilly draws on personal experience, interviews, expert opinion and industry data to provide a game plan for student-athletes through key transitions at each stage of their careers, from high school through college and beyond.

Lawrence is an associate professor of Sports Administration and Robert H. Freeman Professor of Business at OHIO’s College of Business. O’Reilly is the Richard P. and Joan S. Fox Professor of Business and is chair of the Department of Sports Administration at the College of Business.

Also at the event will be co-author Rick Burton, who is David B. Falk Endowed Professor of Sport Management at Syracuse University. He served as the chief marketing officer for the U.S. Olympic Committee for the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics. He was previously commissioner of the Australian National Basketball League. He also operates the Burton Marketing Group, which has worked with the NFL, NHL, NBL, and others.

"Alternative Models of Sports Development in America: Solutions to a Crisis in Education and Public Health"

The book’s author is B. David Ridpath, the Kahandas Nandola Professor of Sport Business at Ohio University in the College of Business and Department of Sports Administration. A leading sports development researcher who has studied both the US system and the European club model, Ridpath addresses the current entanglement of sports, money, and education in the United States and lays out four possible alternative models that draw various elements from academic, athletic and European approaches.

OHIO’s Center for Sports Administration has been consistently ranked first among sports business programs worldwide. The book series, which is edited by O’Reilly, draws on the expertise of the program’s faculty and alumni.

Refreshments will be available and books will be for sale through the Little Professor Book Center.

Heather Lawrence-Benedict

Photo courtesy of: University Communications and MarketingHeather Lawrence-Benedict

Norm O'Reilly

Photo courtesy of: University Communications and MarketingNorm O'Reilly