Richard Karcher

A photo of Richard Karcher


Health Promotion and Human Performance

318 Porter Building


[email protected]


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


Karcher was appointed as the university's Faculty Athletics Representative in February of 2022.  His research and scholarship focuses on labor and ethical issues involving athletes and he is a co-author of a leading textbook on sport ethics for sport management professionals. He is frequently retained as a damages expert in cases involving athletes and has also provided expert testimony before Congress.
Prior to entering academia, Karcher was a partner at Honigman LLP in Detroit where he practiced corporate law and also represented and counseled athletes in business and litigation matters. A former professional baseball player, he 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 and the Advisory Council for The Drake Group.


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