MLB Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. is the Featured Guest for the Annual NYUSPS Tisch Institute for Sports Management, Media, and Business Cal Ramsey Distinguished Lecturer Series

Moderated by Renowned Legal Scholar and NYUSPS Associate Dean Arthur R. Miller, the April 13 Event Will Focus on Manfred’s Insights into the Future of Baseball


NEW YORK, March 30, 2016 – The NYU School of Professional Studies (NYUSPS) Tisch Institute for Sports Management, Media, and Business will present the 15th Annual Cal Ramsey Distinguished Lecturer Series in Sports Management, featuring Major League Baseball (MLB) Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. on Wednesday, April 13.

Manfred became the 10th commissioner of MLB on January 25, 2015, after serving in various leadership roles-including chief operating officer, executive vice president for economics and league affairs, and executive vice president for labor relations and human resources-during his 18 years with the League. During the 2015 season, which ended with a small-market franchise (Kansas City Royals) winning its first World Series in 30 years, more than 73.7 million fans attended games.

Major League Baseball is in the midst of several exciting ventures as it seeks to expand its reach in a changing media and consumer environment, while maintaining its timeless traditions. Balancing business and issues of significance, Manfred has left an indelible mark on the sport: he denied the reinstatement of Pete Rose to baseball, supported the League’s relationships with daily fantasy sports, approved rules designed to accelerate the pace of play on the field, and oversaw the implementation of the League’s first domestic violence policy. 

With the MLB collective bargaining agreement set to expire in December, the commissioner has focused his efforts on owner and player collaborations, as well as on increasing the visibility and the inclusiveness of baseball on a national and international level. Among his many new initiatives, he has advocated for MLB games abroad, including an exhibition game in Cuba that took place in March; has laid the groundwork for regular-season games in London; has created the League’s innovative Front Office and Field Staff Diversity Pipeline Program; and has taken the game to many US cities through the MLB “Play Ball” initiative (in collaboration with the United States Conference of Mayors), which encourages youth participation, sportsmanship, and teamwork.

Manfred will discuss these initiatives and more at the April 13 event, titled “Beyond the Dugout,” which will be moderated by renowned legal scholar Arthur R. Miller, associate dean and director of the NYUSPS Tisch Institute for Sports Management, Media, and Business. Miller also serves as a University professor at NYU, where he currently teaches within the NYU School of Law; is director of Public Dialogues for NYUSPS; and is chairman and founder of NYUSPS Sports and Society.

The free event will take place at the NYU Kimmel Center for University Life, 60 Washington Square South (between LaGuardia Place and Thompson Street) from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 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: David J. Stern, NBA commissioner emeritus; Frank Supovitz, former senior vice president of events, National Football League; John Kosner, executive vice president and general manager, Digital and Print Media, ESPN; John Walsh, former executive editor and executive vice president, ESPN; Fay Vincent, eighth commissioner, Major League Baseball; and the late Michael Weiner, executive director, Major League Baseball Players Association. 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 (’59) 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 and undergraduate programs, and Career Advancement courses 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