UMKC School of Law Professor Kenneth Ferguson was appointed to the board of directors for USATF, the NGB for the United States’ Olympic Track & Field Program, long distance running, and race walking in the United States. Nationally known for his expertise in sports law, Ferguson has worked extensively with USATF for the past 11 years as well as with the NCAA and as the Faculty Athletic Representative for UMKC.
“It’s an honor to be recognized for my sports law expertise and to be valued for the services I have performed on behalf of USATF,” said Ferguson. “The work I have performed at the national level for USATF, the NCAA, and for other sporting organizations has enhanced my law teaching and my academic research interests in the sports law area. I am able to bring a wealth of experience to the classroom, which does enrich the depth of students’ understanding and knowledge of the law.”
Ferguson joined the law faculty in 1992, and in his 20 years with the school of law has developed the sports law course offerings from one combined course in sports and entertainment law to a wide variety of courses focusing on multiple facets of sports law, including amateur and professional sports and most recently, international sports law. In addition to these classes, Ferguson has also developed and expanded the sports law internship program and instituted the law school’s inaugural Sports Law Symposium that featured NCAA’s president, Myles Brand, and New York Times columnist and author, William Rhoden.
Ferguson also uses the knowledge he’s gained from his experience at UMKC to shape his work with USATF, UMKC and the NCAA.
“For me, it’s exciting to be able to share my knowledge and expertise with those around me,” said Ferguson. “There’s no place that I go that my experience at UMKC doesn’t go with me.”
To learn more about Ferguson’s role with USATF, read the USATF press release here.