Prior to joining Lynn, Curtis served for six years as a member of the in-house legal team for the University of South Florida, representing the NCAA Division I institution on legal issues in intercollegiate athletics, technology law and intellectual property. He also previously served as general counsel for the Florida Bobcats of the Arena Football League and as general counsel for a Florida-based sports management firm.
As an award-winning journalist, Curtis has been covering sports, business, law and politics—and the convergence of all of these disciplines—since he began his career covering college football for a Boston-area newspaper in 1989. He has published hundreds of articles in a diverse range of publications, including Sports Illustrated, the United States Golf Association's Golf Journal, the American Bar Association' ABA Journal, Referee and Golf for Women.
Curtis also currently serves as the head coach of Lynn University's ACHA intercollegiate ice hockey team, and as advisor to the university's chapter of the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity.
B.A., Tufts University
M.S., Nova Southeastern University
J.D., Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University
The groundbreaking psychologist B.F. Skinner once wrote, "Education is what remains when what was learned has been forgotten." Curtis believes that the key to this concept is that education requires the instilling of a deep understanding of the meaning of a message into each student. His teaching philosophy is that this occurs best through experiential learning and educational relevance. By making each lesson relevant to today's sports environment, lessons on every topic from NCAA athletics governance to professional sports league operations can be placed into context and best understood by the student. Curtis feels that with experiential learning, students actually put into action that which they have learned in the classroom, discovering "in a hands-on fashion" the true operations of the sports industries. In this way, indeed, Curtis advocates that a student gains a full education in the sports industries and is prepared to meet the challenges ahead.
Areas of Scholarship
- Sports law and governance
- Stadium management
- Sports agency
- Pre-1900 baseball history
Awards and Honors
- Lynn University Outstanding Professor of the Year, May 2008