A View of College Athletics from a Board of Regents Seat

Last Updated on November 2, 2022

This episode, I’m joined by Jordan Acker, the Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Regents at the University of Michigan and a partner at Goodman Acker in Detroit.

A lifelong sports fan, Jordan was an early advocate of allowing student athletes to monetize their name, image and likeness. We chatted about the role of the Board of Regents relative to athletics issues and opportunities and where he seems college athletics heading from here.

Some of the things we discuss include:

  • The process of being elected to the University of Michigan Board of Regents
  • The benefits of having younger Regents
  • The impact a successful athletics program can have on the university
  • When the Board of Regents should defer to the athletic director or president on decisions
  • How the Board of Regents participates in processes and decisions regarding the Big Ten
  • The biggest developments he sees coming in college athletics
  • How the Board of Regents at Michigan prepared for NIL
  • His thoughts on how Michigan has approached NIL
  • Issues facing college athletics such as athletes becoming employees and revenue sharing
  • …and more!



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