Richard Karcher

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Associate Professor

Health Promotion and Human Performance

318 Porter Building


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  • J.D, Michigan State University College of Law, magna cum laude (1997)
  • B.A., University of Michigan-Dearborn, with High Distinction (1994)


Karcher is published extensively in the field of sports law and speaks frequently on the topic. He has provided expert testimony before Congress and in numerous lawsuits. Karcher's research and scholarship focuses on athletes' rights, as well as sport ethics, athlete agent regulation, college coaches' contracts, and measuring an athlete's lost earning capacity damages. His published work has appeared in ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law, The Oxford Handbook of American Sports Law, The Baseball Research Journal, The International Sports Law Journal, Journal of College and University Law , Mississippi Sports Law Review, Cardozo Law Review , South Carolina Law Review , Chapman Law Review , Fordham Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment Law Journal , Loyola University Chicago Law Journal , Connecticut Law Review , Penn State Law Review , Willamette Law Review , and Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment & Technology Law .

Prior to entering academia, Karcher was a partner at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP in Detroit where he practiced corporate law and also represented and counseled athletes in business and litigation matters. A former professional baseball player, Karcher played three seasons in the Atlanta Braves farm system.

Karcher is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and the Association of Professional Ball Players of America. He also serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Legal Aspects of Sport.


  • Sport Governance and Regulation
  • Sport Ethics
  • NCAA Compliance
  • Introduction to Research in Sport Management