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Tagliabue "Sport in American Society"
Paul Tagliabue
Former Commissioner, NFL >>MORE
Vogel "The Future of American Sports"
Carl Vogel '79
Partner, SCP Worldwide
Kustra "Modern College Athletics: A View from the Top"
Dr. Robert Kustra
President, Boise State University

December 2009

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Paul Tagliabue to speak at “Sport and Society” conference

Paul Tagliabue, former NFL commissioner, is to speak at an academic conference on sport and society, co-sponsored by the college and the Green Bay Packers.

Tagliabue will join sports, media and entertainment mogul Carl Vogel ’79 and Boise State University president Robert Kustra at the May 26-28 forum on “A Mirror of our Culture: Sport and Society in America.”

This national conference is a joint initiative of St. Norbert College and the Green Bay Packers.
Kevin Quinn, conference director and professor of economics at St. Norbert, says, “The people who wish to participate in the program, and the quality of the paper and presentation abstracts, is exceeding even our high expectations. It is truly an honor to be associated with such a big-time event.”

Lambeau Field will host conference events
This first-of-its-kind partnership between an NFL team and an institution of higher education will bring together academics and business professionals from around the country. Conference events will take place both at Lambeau Field and on the St. Norbert campus.

Tagliabue will speak at St. Norbert on Wednesday, May 26. He will address “Sport in American Society.”

Kustra’s address, “Modern College Athletics: A View from the Top” is also scheduled for Wednesday, May 26, at St. Norbert.

Vogel will speak during dinner on Thursday, May 27, in the Legends Club Room at Lambeau Field. He will discuss “The Future of American Sports.”

A distinguished trio
Tagliabue is now senior of counsel with Covington & Burling LLP, in the firm’s Washington, D.C., and New York offices. He advises clients on strategic matters in the communications and media, technology, and international sectors.

He served as NFL commissioner from 1989 until 2006. During his tenure, the league grew from 28 to 32 teams, secured the largest television contracts in entertainment history, supported the construction of more than 20 NFL team stadiums and expanded the NFL’s global reach.

Vogel, a 1979 graduate of St. Norbert College, is partner in SCP Worldwide, which owns the national hockey league’s St. Louis Blues and major league soccer team Real Salt Lake. SCP is currently investigating the purchase of the St. Louis Rams football team.

Kustra, president of Boise State University, was appointed in 2008 to the NCAA’s highest governing body as a member of the Division I executive committee and board of directors. He served on the Presidential Task Force on the Future of Intercollegiate Athletics and is past president of the Western Athletic Conference’s board of directors.

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