NBA Commissioner Emeritus David J. Stern is the Featured Guest for the Annual NYU School of Professional Studies Cal Ramsey Distinguished Lecturer Series

Moderated by Renowned Legal Scholar and NYU School of Professional Studies Associate Dean Arthur R. Miller, the Event Will Focus on Stern’s Influence as a Change Maker and Respected Sports Business Leader


NEW YORK, January 30, 2015 – The NYU School of Professional Studies Tisch Institute for Sports Management, Media, and Business will present the 14th Annual Cal Ramsey Distinguished Lecturer Series in Sports Management, featuring NBA Commissioner Emeritus David J. Stern on Monday, February 9.

During his three-decade tenure as commissioner of the NBA, David Stern transformed the league from an entity that was experiencing financial difficulty to a powerful and profitable global brand. A passionate sportsman with a brilliant mind for business, he was the game-changing force behind making basketball the commercial success that it is today. From the addition of NBA franchises, to the opening of international offices worldwide, to the launch of the Women's National Basketball Association, NBA TV,, and a host of NBA online brands, this humble son of a Chelsea deli owner rose to the pinnacle of success, taking an entire sport with him.

The event, titled David Stern: Changing the Game,” will be moderated by renowned legal scholar Arthur R. Miller, associate dean and director of the NYU School of Professional Studies Tisch Institute for Sports Management, Media, and Business. Miller also is a University professor at NYU, where he currently teaches within the NYU School of Law, serves as director of Public Dialogues for the NYU School of Professional Studies, and is chairman and founder of the NYU School of Professional Studies Sports and Society program.

The free event will take place at the NYU Kimmel Center for University Life, 60 Washington Square South (between LaGuardia Place & Thompson Street) from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., followed by a reception. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Attendees must register. Seats are limited and will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

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About the Cal Ramsey Distinguished Lecturer Series in Sports Management

The NYU School of Professional Studies Tisch Institute for Sports Management, Media, and Business established the Cal Ramsey Distinguished Lecturer Series in 2001. Each year, this highly anticipated event, features candid conversations with individuals who have made a meaningful and significant contribution to the business of sports. Previous speakers and panelists have included: Frank Supovitz, senior vice president of events, National Football League; John Kosner, executive vice president and general manager, Digital and Print Media, ESPN; John Walsh, executive editor and executive vice president, ESPN; and Fay Vincent, eighth commissioner, Major League Baseball. The Series serves as a learning experience for Tisch Center students, as well as an insider’s view into the complex nature of the industry for the public.

The Series is named for Cal Ramsey, one of New York’s most respected sports figures. A former professional basketball player (St. Louis Hawks, New York Knicks, and Syracuse Nationals), TV sports analyst, and New York City school teacher and administrator, Mr. Ramsey’s affiliation with the Knicks spanned more than three decades, during which time he helped to emphasis the power of education and promoted a “stay-in-school” message aimed at the City’s youth. Mr. Ramsey is an NYU alumnus (1959) and coached the NYU Violets during one of their most successful seasons in 2011-12. He serves as a true inspiration to all of those who are passionate about the game and represents sports industry standards and leadership qualities to which Tisch Center sports students can aspire.

About the NYU School of Professional Studies Tisch Institute for Sports Management,
Media, and Business

Recent innovations in global sports consumption, the use of online and social media to engage and to build a fan base, and the implementation of redesigned sports business models, have resulted in a range of issues and opportunities for individuals working in the sports industry. Successful professionals in this field now need to understand strategic business principles as they apply to different aspects of the global sports industry.

Through interdisciplinary curricula, field internships, alumni-student mentorship, applied research, individualized degree advisement, a dedicated and accomplished advisory board, and faculty members who are experts in their fields, the NYU School of Professional Studies Tisch Institute for Sports Management, Media, and Business provides the pathway to help students meet their professional goals in the sports business industry.

The Tisch Institute's graduate, undergraduate, and noncredit programs provide a top-notch education and the opportunity to meet and to network with industry leaders. Its location in New York, home to more sports teams, leagues, and media outlets than any other metro area in the country, offers the perfect setting for gaining a comprehensive overview of the complexities of the business. The Institute’s renowned, highly attended professional conferences and events provide an unparalleled opportunity to learn from leaders in their fields. For more information, visit

About the NYU School of Professional Studies
Established in 1934, the NYU School of Professional Studies ( is one of NYU’s several degree-granting schools and colleges, each with a unique academic profile. The reputation of the School of Professional Studies arises from its place as the NYU home for study and applied research related to key knowledge-based industries where the New York region leads globally. This is manifest in the School’s diverse graduate, undergraduate, and Professional Pathways programs in fields such as Accounting, Finance, and Law; Applied Politics; Creative Cities and Economic Development; English-Language Learning; Fundraising and Grantmaking; Global Affairs; Health Information Management; Hospitality and Tourism Management; Human Resource Management and Development; Languages and Humanities; Management and Systems; Marketing and Marketing Analytics; Professional Writing; Project Management; Public Relations and Corporate Communication; Publishing; Real Estate, Real Estate Development, and Construction Management; Social Entrepreneurship; Sports Management, Media, and Business; and Translation.

More than 100 distinguished full-time faculty members collaborate with an exceptional cadre of practitioner/adjunct faculty members and lecturers to create vibrant professional and academic networks that annually attract nearly 5,000 degree-seeking students from around the globe. In addition, the School fulfills the recurrent professional education needs of local, national, and international economies, as evidenced by close to 48,000 Professional Pathways enrollments in Career Advancement Courses, Diploma Programs, workshops, and seminars. The School’s community is enriched by more than 30,000 degree-holding alumni worldwide, many of whom serve as mentors, guest speakers, and advisory board members. For more information about the NYU School of Professional Studies, visit