2018 Sun Devil Bowl Guide

37 L A S V E G A S B OW L | D E C . 1 5 , 2 0 1 8 A R I Z O N A S T A T E F O O T B A L L 2 0 1 8 B O W L G U I D E wholesale apparel, but adidas also provided additional funding for marketing, facility improvements, marching band and spirit squad apparel. Anderson also strategically eliminated third-party partnerships and aligned Sun Devil Athletics’ ticketing and multimedia rights with the Pac-12 Sales Co., becoming the first member school to partner with the conference to bring sponsorships and licensing in-house. Anderson joined the Sun Devil Family after serving as the executive vice president of football operations for the National Football League (NFL) since August 2006. He served as the executive vice president and chief administrative officer of the Atlanta Falcons for four years and began his professional career as an attorney at Kilpatrick & Cody in Atlanta, Georgia, where he worked primarily in labor law litigation. A Los Angeles, California native, Anderson earned a BA in political science from Stanford in 1976 and a Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School in 1979. He was an all-league high school quarterback and shortstop, and a three-year football letterman and two-year baseball letterman at Stanford. Anderson co-founded the sports law practice at Heller, Ehrman, a prominent San Francisco firm, in 1980 and entered the sports agency business in 1984 when he opened the West Coast office for Sports Advisors Group. In 1987, he launched his own agency, AR Sports, specializing in the representation of NFL coaches and players and later adding Major League Baseball players. Anderson merged his agency with Octagon in 2001. As an indication of the high regard in which Anderson is held, he was appointed to the NFL Committee on Workplace Diversity and was named to the Sports Illustrated list of the “101 Most Influential Minorities in Sports.” He was also named to the prestigious “100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc.”, a group dedicated to providing support and improving the quality of life for African-Americans, and to the Board of Governors of the Georgia World Congress Center Authority. In April 2014, it was announced that Anderson would be a professor of practice in ASU’s new sports law and business program, a collaboration of the highly ranked Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and W. P. Carey School of Business. He and his wife, Buffie, have one son, Bryant, and one daughter, Kimberly.

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