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Lisa Pike Masteralexis - University of Massachusetts Amherst. Amherst, MA, US

Lisa Pike Masteralexis

Senior Associate Dean and Professor of Sport Management | University of Massachusetts Amherst


Lisa Masteralexis has published articles and book chapters on sport law, labor relations, and sport management.

Expertise (4)

Sport Law

Labor Relations in the Sport Industry

Sport Management

Sport Agencies


Lisa Pike Masteralexis is an expert on sport law, labor relations and sport management. She is an editor/contributor for Principles and Practice of Sport Management, now in its 7th edition, and has made over 60 presentations before academic and industry groups.

She served on the Executive Board of the Sport and Recreation Law Association, the editorial board of the Journal of the Legal Aspects of Sport and the advisory boards of the Women’s Sports Foundation and the National Sports Law Institute.

She has submitted an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of golfer Casey Martin, consulted with players associations in Europe and Japan, and was one of a very few women certified by the Major League Baseball Players Association.

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Education (2)

Suffolk University Law School: J.D.

University of Massachusetts: B.S., Sport Management

Select Media Coverage (4)

China’s Medal Hope Is US-born Skier Eileen Gu

VOA Learning English  online


Lisa Pike Masteralexis teaches Sports Management at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She told VOA in an email, "Considering her goal of being a decorated Olympian, a role model, a fashion model, and with the growing market conditions in China, it appears to be a savvy move by Eileen Gu and her agency, IMG."

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Sens. Cruz, Hawley, Lee seek to strip Major League Baseball of antitrust exemption

NBC News  


MLB also enjoys a hammer lock on minor league baseball, controlling wages and location of teams. Lawmakers from across the spectrum have ripped MLB for gutting minor league baseball this year, perhaps to the antitrust exemption's peril, according to Lisa Pike Masteralexis, who teaches sports law at University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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Elaine Thompson-Herah’s temporary Instagram suspension could cost her followers

Marketplace  radio


Lisa Masteralexis, Isenberg School of Management, is quoted in a piece discussing how Olympic broadcast rights led to the temporary Instagram suspension of gold medal sprinter Elaine Thompson-Herah. Thompson-Herah was suspended for posting a video of her winning race. Masteralexis explained that “the International Olympic Committee has huge financial interests here too: exclusive broadcast agreements worth more than $4 billion…for them, the exclusivity is really where the value lies,” she said.

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John Daly getting a cart at the PGA Championship is completely . . . complicated

The Washington Post  print


And then you consider that providing a cart isn’t just the whim of a governing body but is, in fact, guided by the Americans With Disabilities Act. “You have to prove you have a disability to get a cart,” said Lisa Masteralexis, who heads the sports management program at the University of Massachusetts. “It’s not something you can just walk in and get. There are significant barriers and hurdles.”

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Select Publications (1)

Principles and Practice of Sport Management

Jones & Bartlett (Book)

Lisa Pike Masteralexis, JD; Mary Hums, PhD


Offering an overview of the sport industry and coverage of the foundational knowledge and skills required of the today's sport manager, Principles and Practice of Sport Management is devoted to educating students on the various industry segments where they can focus their careers. After detailing the history and various principles - from management and marketing to finance, legal and ethical - the book delves into key sports management segments, discussing the skills needed in those sectors, the types of positions available, and the current issues facing those sectors.

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