Kenneth L. Shropshire
Special Counsel

  • Duane Morris LLP
    30 South 17th Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19103-4196
  • Duane Morris LLP
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    San Francisco, CA 94105-1127
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Kenneth L. Shropshire


Kenneth L. Shropshire practices in the area of corporate law with a concentration in sports and business law. Mr. Shropshire is the David W. Hauck Professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, teaching legal and business aspects of sports; business law and ethics; negotiation and dispute resolution; and diversity and the law. He is the director and founder of the Wharton Sports Business Initiative, a think tank that generates and disseminates knowledge about the sports industry through educational programs, strategic corporate partnerships, high-level student consulting assignments, global forums and research.

Mr. Shropshire also is a consultant to the National Football League, assisting the league in expanding its player development and social impact program, and has served as an arbitrator for the NFL Players Association and USA Track and Field. He was an executive in the organizing committee for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games.

Mr. Shropshire is a 1980 graduate of Columbia Law School and a graduate of Stanford University.

Areas of Practice

  • Sports and Business Law

Representative Matters

  • Provided expert report to a law firm regarding the business side of sports, including the relationship between athletes and agents, for a case involving a high profile athlete in Europe.
  • Represented former NFL Executive Vice President Ray Anderson in his contracting with Arizona State University to become their new Director of Athletics.
  • Assisted NCAA conference in compensation matter related to realignment.
  • Advising NFL in matters related to Diversity and Inclusion.
  • Negotiated the sponsor, supplier and licensing agreements for the organizing committee of the 1984 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles.
  • Negotiated the sale of the sports agency AR Sports to Octagon (Interpublic Group). The multimillion-dollar sale involved cash and stock.
  • Negotiated the employment contract for the head women's tennis coach at Harvard University. Also negotiated terms for summer tennis camp held on campus.
  • Negotiated the executive contract for the chief administrative officer of an NFL team.
  • Managed the agent-screening process for an NFL player. The client desired a unique structure for interviewing and evaluating prospective sports agents. Also reviewed the agreement with between the client and agent selected. The client was the sixth player selected in the 2004 draft.
  • On behalf of an Olympic heavyweight gold medalist and top-ranked boxer, negotiated and drafted contracts with his trainer, manager and various promoters.
  • Negotiated the NBA and overseas playing contracts for a professional basketball player.
  • Acted as arbitrator for disputes between agents and players and between agents and the National Football League Players Association. Each case results in a written opinion and award.
  • On behalf of an apparel company, negotiated and drafted a multimillion-dollar athletic-shoe endorsement deal with an all-star basketball player. This was the first shoe deal for this company.
  • Provided expert report to a law firm on the value of a swimmer’s Olympic gold medals in the endorsement market. The report assisted in the settlement of litigation.
  • Provided counsel to the mayor of Philadelphia regarding the siting of the city's football stadium and baseball park.


  • California


  • Columbia University School of Law, J.D., 1980
  • Stanford University, A.B., Economics, 1977
  • University of Pennsylvania, M.A. (Honorary), 1992


  • Duane Morris LLP
    - Special Counsel, 2011-present
  • The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, 1986-present
    - David W. Hauck Professor, 2001-present
    - Director and Founder, Wharton Sports Business Initiative
  • Private Consulting and Law Practice, 1984-1986
  • Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee
    - Executive, 1982-1984
  • Manatt, Phelps, Rothenberg and Tunney
    - Associate, 1980-1982

Professional Activities

  • Member of Major League Baseball's On-Field Diversity Task Force, 2013-present
  • Sports Lawyers Association, Former President
  • Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association

Honors and Awards

  • Recipient of Philadelphia Business Journal's Minority Business Leader Award, 2013

Board Memberships

  • Moelis & Company
    - Board of Directors, 2014
  • United States Volleyball Association
    - Board of Directors, 2011-present
  • Peace Players International
    - Board of Advisors, 2008-present
  • United States Sports Film Festival
    - Board of Advisors, 2008-2009
  • Women's Sports Foundation
    - Board of Trustees, 2006-present
  • Florida Coastal School of Law (FCSL)
    - Board of Advisors, 2005-Present
  • Sports Lawyers Association, 2000-present
    - Board Member and Former President, 2005-2008
  • Philadelphia Sports Congress
    - Board Member, 2004-Present
  • Valley Green Bank
    - Director and Founder
  • NutraCea, (NTRZ.OB)
    - Board of Directors, 2006-2011
  • Inner-City Games Philadelphia
    - Board of Directors, 2000-2004
  • Philadelphia Sports Congress
    - Board of Directors, 1996-2006
  • Philadelphia American Civil Liberties Union
    - Board of Directors, 1991-1997
  • Arthur Ashe Athletic Association
    - Board of Directors, 1989-1992

Selected Publications

  • Editor, Duane Morris Sports Law Blog
  • Author, "Understanding How Dynamics of Race, Culture and Language Intersect in Sports," The Post Game, April 27, 2015
  • Op-ed Author, "The Labeling Gives Me Pause," The New York Times, March 27, 2014
  • The Business of Sports, Jones and Bartlett, 2004, 2010 2d ed.
  • Negotiate Like the Pros: A Top Sports Negotiator's Lessons for Making Deals, Building Relationships and Getting What You Want, McGraw Hill, 2009
  • The Business of Sports Agents, 2d ed., University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008
  • Foreword, Michael E. Lomax, ed., Sports and the Racial Divide, University of Mississippi Press, 2008
  • Being Sugar Ray: The Life of Sugar Ray Robinson, America's Greatest Boxer and the First Celebrity Athlete, Basic Books, 2007
  • "Minorities in Contemporary Sports," 15 Stanford Law and Policy Review, 2004
  • "A Credit to Your Race," Margaret Gatz, ed., Youth, Race, Sports, Violence and Media, SUNY Press, 2002
  • "Deconstructing Sprewell," University of Iowa, Journal of Gender, Race and Justice, 2001
  • Basketball Jones: America Above the Rim, New York University Press, 2000
  • "Not All Black Men Jump" and "Deconstructing the NBA," Todd Boyd and Kenneth L. Shropshire, eds, Basketball Jones, New York University Press, 2000
  • "Wrong Message in Rocker Return," New York Daily News, March 5, 2000
  • "Send Rocker to Counselor," New York Daily News, January 2, 2000

Selected Speaking Engagements