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Lecturer in Law

Karcher serves as Associate Professor in the sport management program at Eastern Michigan University where he teaches sport governance and regulation, sport ethics, NCAA compliance, and introduction to research in sport management.

Professor 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.  He has provided expert testimony before Congress and in numerous lawsuits. 

Professor Karcher earned a B.A. with High Distinction from University of Michigan-Dearborn in 1994 and a J.D. magna cum laude from Michigan State University College of Law in 1997.

Before joining EMU in 2014, Professor Karcher was a tenured law professor at Florida Coastal School of Law where he taught torts and sports law and directed the law school’s Center for Law and Sports from 2005 to 2012. Prior to entering academia, he worked for Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP in Detroit where he eventually became partner. He also played three seasons in the Atlanta Braves farm system.

Professor 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.



Last Updated: 4/2/18