Throughout the year, NYU Sports and Society hosts events that serve as forums for discussion on a broad array of sports-related topics. Panelists include pro and amateur athletes, broadcasters, coaches, attorneys, medical professionals, owners, and marketing executives, who provide diverse perspective on all aspects of sports and its influence on society. Please bookmark this page and check back frequently for upcoming events.

Upcoming Events

NYU Sports and Society Global: Abu Dhabi

Date: November 2014

Location: NYU Abu Dhabi

The Gulf States are risking billions to host global, elite sports. They have the money, but can they guarantee safety for 100,000 tourists, or humane employment for migrant workers building the arenas, or health for athletes competing in 110-degree weather? How will they manage security threats, or provide emergency services of mass treatment if an attack were to occur?  NYU Sports & Society, hosted by NYU Abu Dhabi, is assembling international sports luminaries, empire magnates, and chief government officials to identify the risks, the keys to success, and the legacies of mega sports events in the Gulf States. In advance of Formula 1 Abu Dhabi, attend two days of panels, presentations, and breakout sessions in which will carve paths toward ethical, safe, lucrative, and riveting sports exhibitions in the MENA region. This event will take place in November 2014. More details to come on ticket pricing and purchase.

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The Life of the World-Class Athlete: Three Generations of Giants Greats

First of a Sports & Society Series

Date: May 7, 2014

Location: Tishman Auditorium, NYU Law School–Vanderbilt Hall
40 Washington Square South (btw. MacDougal and Sullivan Streets), New York, NY

NYU Sports and Society offered a unique opportunity to spend an evening with a trio of beloved, current and former NY Giants, who discussed what it's like to play for this legendary team and how their experiences have affected them personally and professionally.

Today's athletes live in a world where every comment they make is instantly available worldwide—immediate fodder for social media, the 24-hour-a-day sports news cycle, and office gossip. As invincible as athletes appear on the playing field, they often experience a sense of vulnerability and exposure. Harry Carson, Victor Cruz, and Michael Strahan provided an insider's look at their lives and careers; the pressures, the challenges, the bonding, and the expectations of them as leaders and role models for sports fans across the country.

Moderated by NYU University professor, director of Public Dialogues at NYU-SCPS, and NYU Sports and Society founder and chairman Arthur R. Miller, the panel explored how these three world-class athletes deal with the difficult decisions and challenging circumstances that are the result of their extraordinary gifts, remarkable careers, and resultant fame. This spirited dialogue focused on how three generations of Super Bowl champions strive to build a lasting legacy of integrity, leadership, and sportsmanship.

Moderator: Arthur R. Miller

Panelists: Harry Carson, Victor Cruz, Michael Strahan

48 Hours Before Super Bowl XLVIII: The Lasting Impact of Sports' Greatest Events (Free)

Date: January 31, 2014

Location: Rosenthal Pavilion, NYU Kimmel Center for University Life
60 Washington Square South (10th Floor), New York, NY

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NYU Sports and Society, in cooperation with GlideSlope—management advisors focused solely on the business of global sport—explored the lasting impact of sports' greatest events on urban environments. A panel of top thought leaders in politics, security, media, law, ethics, and business critically deconstructed major sports events by asking: Are the benefits worth the costs?

Host cities spend years preparing for the Olympics, the World Cup, the Super Bowl and other mega events, as a means of enhancing their reputation and increasing financial prosperity. Major sports events provide jobs and promote tourism, but also can displace residents, disrupt daily routines, tax infrastructure, and pose serious health and security threats. When the games are over, and the fans and athletes have left, host cities often are transformed. How can we measure the success/failure of these infinitely nuanced events and the ways in which they change the urban landscape? At this lively debate, our powerhouse panel investigated the immense gains and drains of bidding on, preparing for, and then gauging their long-term impacts.

Moderator: Arthur R. Miller

Panelists: Lisa Baird , Gregory Ballard, Gregory Carey, Richard Florida, Kevin Hallinan, Constantine Kontokosta, Mary Pilon, David Rousseau

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Integrity of the Game: Ethics and Today's Athlete (Free)

Date: November 18, 2014

Location: Rosenthal Pavilion, NYU Kimmel Center for University Life
60 Washington Square South, New York, NY

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NYU Sports and Society is devoted to examining the meaning, the morality, and impact of sports in an intensive and interdisciplinary fashion. It is fitting that the program’s roll out event explored Integrity of the Game: Shaping the Ethical Athlete.

This event hosted a panel of leading figures in sports management, business, ethics, journalism, fandom, and professional playing, and cut to the heart of ethics and justice. The panelists assumed the roles of key players in the life of a growing athlete and made real-time decisions on the most confounding issues facing the sports world. These issues included age deception, performance enhancement, responsibility of role models, impact on academics, business corruption, and preservation of privacy and health. The narrative presented actual events that have brought cheating and depravity in sports to the public’s attention.

The panel scrutinized their consequences, including public disenfranchisement and the effects of cheating on youth, and generated alternative outcomes that would protect our love of the games and promote their flourishing. The result provided a better understanding of sports as a reflection and reinforcement of human values and culture.

Moderator: Arthur R. Miller

Panelists: Garland Allen, Tony Ponturo, Steve Greenberg, Arthur Caplan, Harry Carson, Mike Francesa, Robert D. Manfred, Brendan Shanahan, Kiki VanDeWeghe, Lesley Visser, Fred Wilpon.

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