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Richard Karcher

Associate Professor

R Karcher photo 318 Porter Building


J.D, Michigan State University College of Law, magna cum laude (1997)

B.A., University of Michigan-Dearborn, with High Distinction (1994)

Professional Summary

Before coming to EMU in 2014, Karcher was a law professor at Florida Coastal School of Law where he taught in the areas of sports law, torts and business law.  He was also the director of the law school’s Center for Law and Sports from 2005 to 2012. 

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 ethical issues in intercollegiate athletics, athlete agent regulation, college coaches’ contracts, and measuring an athlete’s lost earning capacity damages.  His published work has appeared in 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.

Upon graduating from law school, Karcher joined Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP in Detroit where he eventually became partner.  He practiced corporate law and also represented and counseled athletes in contract and litigation matters.  Prior to attending law school, Karcher played three seasons in the Atlanta Braves farm system.

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

Courses Taught

Sport Governance and Regulation

Sport Ethics

NCAA Compliance

Introduction to Research in Sport Management

Selected Presentations and/or Publications

Additional Information

The Sport Management Program is part of the School of Health Promotion & Human Performance, 318 Porter Building, 734.487.0090