Fall 2021

The Baldy Center Podcast

Helen Drew and Marissa Egloff discuss diversity, equity, and inclusion in major sports leagues.

Episode 19: Helen Drew and Marissa Egloff discuss diversity, equity, and inclusion in major sports leagues

Published September 24, 2021

Episode 19 features Helen Drew, Professor of Law, and Marissa Egloff, a third year JD candidate, in the University at Buffalo School of Law. Professor Drew and Ms. Egloff discuss their research examining the number of women and minorities in executive or coaching positions in professional sports. They are exploring why, even with proactive policies such as The Rooney Rule in the NFL, women and people of color find it difficult to obtain these “front office” positions. They are also exploring how nondiverse work environments can become toxic.

Keywords: professional sports, DEI, sports law, employment discrimination.

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"We need to make sure that we are opening pathways for people who have been underrepresented to get them to the place where they can be on a level playing field and be the most qualified candidate.”

—Helen Drew (2021 Podcast)

Helen Drew, Professor of Practice in Sports Law; Director of the UB Center for the Advancement of Sport

RESEARCH FOCUS: Sports law, Discipline of professional athletes, Drug testing in sports, Collective bargaining, NCAA compliance, Title IX, Sports medicine and sports law, Professional sports contracts, Transactions

Helen Drew, JD.

Helen Drew, JD

Helen Drew teaches a variety of courses that incorporate topics such as drug testing in professional sports and professional player contract negotiation and arbitration. Drew is especially interested in the evolving research and litigation concerning concussions in both amateur and professional sports. Marissa Egloff is a third-year JD candidate with a career focus on sports law and professional sports executive leadership.

Website: University at Buffalo School of Law Sports & Entertainment Law Forum

2021-22 Podcast Producer

Edgar Girtain, Podcast 2021-22 Host/Producer.

Edgar Girtain, Podcast 2021-22 Host/Producer

Edgar Girtain is host/producer of the 2021-22 Edition of The Baldy Center Podcast. He is a PhD student in the music department at SUNY Buffalo, where he studies with David Felder. Girtain is a director of the Casa de Las Artes at the University of Southern Chile (UACh), and president of the Southern Chilean Composers Forum (FoCo Sur).He is an eminent composer, pianist, and writer of his own biographies. Girtain's diverse areas of work are often collaborative, cross-disciplinary, and international in ambition if not in practice.

Executive Producers

Samantha Barbas, PhD
Professor, UB School of Law
Director, The Baldy Center

Caroline Funk, PhD
Associate Director, The Baldy Center

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