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Summer 2023

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This introduction will highlight the five articles featured in the symposium issue of the UMKC Law Review and will also situate those articles in the Sports Law Symposium titled, The Arc of Race in Professional and Collegiate Sports. The goal of the two-day virtual symposium was to bring together leading legal, social science, and medical science scholars to engage in discourse concerning how race and gender have affected and continue to influence decision making in professional and collegiate sports. The symposium exposed how race, culture, ethnicity, and gender affect a wide range of phenomena in scientific fields such as neuropsychological testing, medical health and clinical diagnostic testing, and health delivery. The Arc of Race Symposium also addressed how race and gender impact hiring in professional sports and of collegiate head coaches and Athletic Directors. The other subjects considered by the Sports Law Symposium included Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) and also how the NFL addressed the serious medical condition that NFL players are highly likely to contract chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

The Arc of Race Symposium would not have been possible without the dedication of the members of the Symposium Planning Committee, and the unshakable support of Dean Barbara Glesner Fines. Special thanks are also extended to the keynote luncheon speaker, Deron Cherry, the Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Famer, who has graciously supported projects I have been involved in over the years.

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UMKC Law Review