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Alicia Jessop is a Sport Law expert and Associate Professor at Pepperdine University. Alicia joined the Sport Administration program faculty at Pepperdine University in 2017 after spending four-years as a member of the faculty of the University of Miami. An attorney licensed to practice in California and Colorado, Alicia’s research focuses primarily on the application of law to matters of athlete and sport consumer welfare. In this regard, Alicia has consulted with the National Basketball Players Association to build a holistic program for NBA players transitioning out of the league and the Alliance of American Football to build a first-of-its-kind player career and education model.

Since 2011, Alicia has been a sport business writer after launching the widely read sport business website, Launching gave Alicia a platform to serve as a highly sought after expert in the media on the issues of sport law and sport business. Alicia’s opinions are frequently included in national print, radio and television broadcasts and she has consulted on several major sport-related news stories.

Alicia currently serves is a sport business writer for The Athletic and contributes to The Washington Post, after previously writing for Forbes, The Huffington Post, CNBC and Through her media career, Alicia has been credentialed for events including the Super Bowl, NBA Finals, NBA All-Star Game, Final Four and more and spent four-years covering the Miami Heat.

Presently, Alicia is the President-Elect of the Sport and Recreation Law Association, and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Legal Aspects of Sport and the editorial board of the Sports Innovation Journal. She is also on the Advisory Board of sport technology start-up, Openly.  She is an Academic Director for Pepperdine University’s Institute for Entertainment, Media, Sports and Culture. Alicia’s research has been published in the Journal for Legal Aspects of Sport, Texas Review of Entertainment and Sports Law, and Harvard Journal of Entertainment and Sports Law. She has authored textbook chapter sin Introduction to Sport Law (2nd Edition) and Sport Law: A Managerial Approach (2021).

Alicia can be reached via email at

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