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Panel Presentations
Friday, April 15, 2016
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The Faculty Club
The Ohio State University
280 West Woodruff Ave
Columbus, Ohio 43210

Panel #1: Sports Policy Analysts and Writers / 9-10:30 a.m.

Vince Doria, Former ESPN Senior Vice President and Director of News
Matthew Mitten, Professor of Law; Director, National Sports Law Institute, Marquette University Law School
Joe Nocera, Sports Business Columnist, New York Times; Co-Author, Indentured: The Inside Story of the Rebellion Against the NCAA
Andrew Zimbalist, Robert A. Woods Professor of Economics Smith College; author,Circus Maximus: The Economic Gamble of Hosting the Olympics and World Cup

Moderator: Lucia Dunn, Professor of Economics; Co-Director, Sports and Society Initiative, The Ohio State University

Panel #2: Athletes / 10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Lawrence Funderburke, Founder and Executive Director, Lawrence Funderburke Youth Organization (LFYO); Retired NBA player; Three-time All-Big Ten performer; Ohio State Alumnus (Business Finance)
John Holman, Buckeye Defensive Tackle, 2011-2015; Ohio State Alumnus (Communication)
Marscilla Packer, Assistant Athletic Director, Columbus School for Girls; Director, Girls Ohio Youth Basketball; Guard, Lady Buckeyes, 2004-08; Ohio State Alumna (Communication)
Shawn Springs, CEO, Windpact; Sports Commentator, Comcast SportsNet and NBC Sports. NFL veteran and Pro Bowl Cornerback; Ohio State Cornerback, 1994-96; Ohio State Alumnus (Sociology)
Kelly Trent, LPGA Head Professional; Former Golf Coach, The Ohio State University; Ohio State Alumna (Education; Physical and Exercise Science)
Kristin Watt, Partner, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP; Voice of the Lady Buckeyes; Forward, Lady Buckeyes, 1981-85: Ohio State Alumna (Business, Accounting)

Moderator: Jim Treleaven, President and CEO, Via Strategy Group, LLC

Pay to Play: Who’s In, Who’s Out and How Much?

Friday, Feb. 26, 9-11:30 a.m.
Pfahl Hall, Room 140
The Ohio State University
280 West Woodruff Ave
Columbus, Ohio 43210

Discussion Panelists:

JHOhio Secretary of State Jon Husted

Jon Husted is the 53rd and current Ohio Secretary of State, a position he has he has held since his election in 2010. As Secretary of State, he serves as the custodian of all private sector businesses in Ohio as well as the chief elections official in one of the nation’s most hotly contested swing states. He previously served in the legislature as a state senator, state representative and as Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives. Throughout his career, Secretary Husted has become known for his work focusing on improving the lives of all Ohioans by investing in education and job creation, ensuring fair elections, and reducing government inefficiencies.

Secretary Husted was raised in Montpelier, Ohio and attended the University of Dayton where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as All-American Defensive Back honors as a member of the 1989 Division III National Championship football team. Among all his responsibilities, Secretary Husted considers his most important role as that of husband to his wife Tina and father to his children, Alex, Katie and Kylie.

Pay-to-play hinders progress in schools – Op Ed by Secretary Jon Husted


small hilteThe Honorable Cliff Hite, Ohio Senate (District 1)

Senator Cliff Hite is currently serving in his third General Assembly as a member of the Ohio Senate, representing the 1st Senate District, which encompasses an 11 county region of Northwest Ohio including all or part of Auglaize, Defiance, Fulton, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Logan, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert, and Williams Counties. Prior to his appointment to the Senate, Hite served two terms in the Ohio House of Representatives.

Prior to entering public service in Columbus, Senator Hite spent three decades teaching high school history and coaching football. He puts his passion for teaching and student success to use as the Vice-Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Education. He also serves as Chairman of the Finance Subcommittee on Education. His experience in the classroom makes Hite a leader in education policy in the Buckeye State.

Senator Hite holds a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from the University of Kentucky, where he played quarterback for the Wildcats. He and his wife, Diane, reside in Findlay, Ohio. The couple has three grown children and four granddaughters.

Hite Shares Findings From Statewide Tour On Student Participation Fees


s_grantScott Grant, Assistant Professor of Business; Director of Sport & Event Management, University of Findlay

Scott Grant is currently an Assistant Professor of Business at The University of Findlay in Findlay, Ohio and a leadership studies doctoral student at Bowling Green State University. Prior to moving into the higher education setting, he spent 2 years as the graduate assistant to the Associate AD of Business Operations at The University of Findlay, 5 years as a high school teacher, varsity golf coach, and assistant athletic director, before becoming the Director of Athletics / Activities / Facilities at Van Buren Local Schools.

Throughout his career Scott has been very involved in working with amateur and collegiate golf camps and other athletic organizations, spending 5 summers as the Director of Operations at the Blue Devil Golf Schools at Duke University as well as the director of operations for the Central Ohio Golf Academy based out of Ohio Wesleyan University. Scott created and directed the COGA junior summer golf tour, worked as an assistant to the Ohio High School Athletic Association basketball tournament director, and served as the Northwest Athletic District site manager for numerous OHSAA sectional and district golf tournaments. Scott also owns and operates Triple Threat Leadership, LLC. which provides high schools and colleges with social media strategy assistance and presentations, financial analysis and strategic development support, and college transitioning program support.

Scott’s role at Findlay encompasses teaching in the business and sport management programs, coordinating all college of business new student recruitment and advising, as well as managing the new Cleveland Browns Partnership for Student Success. Scott’s primary research interest focuses on the environment of interscholastic athletics, specifically regarding the development, implementation, and evaluation of user fees.

Scott holds a bachelor’s degree in secondary education, a master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in sports administration, and is pursuing his doctorate in leadership studies at Bowling Green State University. He resides in Findlay, Ohio, with his wife, Elizabeth, an intensive care nurse, and their twin boys, Paxton and Knox.

Scott Grant – CV
Notable Studies: 2015 Survey of Interscholastic Athletic Directors – Pay to Participate Fees


RidpathB. David Ridpath, Associate Professor and Kahandas Nandola Professor of Sports Administration, Ohio University

Dr. B. David Ridpath, Ed.D. is an Associate Professor and the Kahandas Nandola Professor of Sport Business at Ohio University in the Department of Sports Administration and College of Business. He began his current position in 2006. Dr. Ridpath has several years of practical experience in the sports industry and teaches classes in marketing, sponsorship, risk management, sports law, issues in intercollegiate athletics, and other areas to include serving as Interim Associate Athletic Director for Compliance in 2007. This is Ridpath’s second stint at Ohio. He previously served as assistant wrestling coach at Ohio from 1994-95. Prior to returning to Ohio University, Ridpath spent two years directing the graduate sports administration program at Mississippi State University. Prior to MSU, he spent over a decade working in intercollegiate athletic administration and higher education including eight years at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia where he served as an Adjunct Professor of Sport Management and Marketing, Director of Judicial Programs and Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance and Student Services.

Ridpath received a Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration from West Virginia University in May 2002. His primary research line is issues and problems in intercollegiate athletics with a focus on compliance, academic integrity, and governance reform. He is a former executive director of The Drake Group, a group fighting for academic integrity in college sports. An accomplished scholar, he is a faculty fellow at the Center for College Affordability and Productivity and has over 30 national and international refereed presentations and 18 peer reviewed and edited academic articles in print, four published academic book chapters, and has had writings and editorials featured in the NCAA News, Sports Business Journal, Legal Issues in College Athletics.

David Ridpath – CV
Notable Position Papers:


SnodgrassJerry Snodgrass, Assistant Commissioner, Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA)

A 31-year veteran in education prior to joining the Ohio High School Athletic Association Snodgrasswas hired as an OHSAA Assistant Commissioner in August 2008. Among his numerous duties include serving as the administrator for the sports of boys and girls soccer, boys and girls basketball, boys’ and girls’ lacrosse, and baseball while serving as the OHSAA’s main liaison with athletic administrators across the state.

Snodgrass began his career in 1977 as teacher and coach in the Defiance City Schools, coaching baseball, basketball and football. He moved on to teach and become the head boys basketball coach at Morral Ridgedale High School before serving as a teacher and middle school athletic director in the Bryan City Schools. Snodgrass was hired by the Findlay City Schools in 1983 to teach physical sciences. He also served as an assistant boys varsity basketball coach at Findlay High School until 1991, when he was promoted to the schools’ head boys’ basketball coach. He served in that capacity through 1999. Overall, he spent 25 years at Findlay, the last 16 as the school’s athletic director. Snodgrass was inducted into the OIAAA (Ohio Athletic Directors) Hall of Fame in October of 2010 and was selected as the OHSAA’s Naismith Meritorious Service Award recipient in 2010. He also developed the OHSAA’s nationally recognized “Golden Megaphone” program to promote sportsmanship within student groups in member schools.

In 2002 Jerry was elected to serve on the OSHAA’s Northwest District Athletic Board, and he was elected to a two-year term on the OHSAA Board of Directors between 2005-07, serving as the Board’s President in 2006-07. He also has been a trustee with the OSHAA Foundation, a member of the OHSAA’s Sportsmanship, Ethics & Integrity Committee, and currently serves on the University of Findlay’s Sport & Hospitality Management Advisory Board and the Wilson Football Hall of Fame. In addition, Snodgrass, served as an announcer and color analyst for WTLW-TV in Lima and Buckeye Cable Sports Network in Toledo, being honored by the District 8 Basketball Coaches’ Association as its Media Award Winner in 2003.

A 1973 graduate of Upper Sandusky High School, Snodgrass earned his bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University in 1977 and a master’s degree for the University of Dayton in 1989. Jerry and his wife Barb, a nurse consultant with HCR-Manor Care, reside in Findlay and have two grown children, a grandson and granddaughter.



dunn.4Lucia Dunn, Professor, Economics, The Ohio State University; Co-Director, Sports and Society Initiative

Lucia Dunn received her Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.  She was previously on the faculties of Purdue, Northwestern, and the University of Florida, Gainesville. Most of her published research has focused on two areas: labor market issues and consumer debt. In both areas she has been involved with original surveys which generate the research data. Professor Dunn has been the Director of the Survey Program for the University of Florida Business School; and from 1996-2002, she was in charge of economic indicators for the Ohio Economic Survey of the OSU Center for Survey Research. Professor Dunn’s labor market research has examined labor market equilibrium, or the lack of it, in a variety of industries and has related this to the issues of absenteeism, the importance of firm size, the shape of the labor supply curve and underlying utility functions where she has identified loss aversion in the trade-off of leisure time for income. She has been involved with longitudinal surveys of U.S. Army personnel which determined the wages necessary to maintain a corps of officers in various branches of an all-volunteer army during war time.  She has conducted surveys of agricultural workers which compared the labor market behavior of legal and illegal immigrant labor in the same jobs.

Professor Dunn’s current research focus is on household debt and assets using original data from the Consumer Finance Monthly Survey generated at the OSU Center for Human Resource Research.  In particular, she has studied credit card debt and payoff rates by age cohort, the impact of credit card debt on consumption, and Ponzi scheme aspects of credit card use.  She has been the Guest Editor for a thematic issue of the Journal of Family and Economic Issues devoted to topics in consumer finance.  She is currently involved in producing a regular monthly index which tracks psychological debt stress using original survey data from the Consumer Finance Monthly.

Lucia Dunn – Vita


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