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Sam C. Ehrlich, J.D., Ph.D.

sam ehrlich

Assistant Professor
Phone: (208) 426-1639
Mailstop: 1625
Office: MBEB 2112

Office Hours: Wednesdays 2-3 p.m.

Sam practiced as a sports agent consultant and immigration attorney before pursuing and earning his Ph.D. in sport management at Florida State University.  He joined the Boise State University Department of Management in 2020. His research examines legal aspects of the sports industry, specifically focusing on issues in athlete fairness in collective bargaining and employment, the unique application of antitrust law to sports, risk management and tort liability for sport event managers, and legal issues in athlete representation. Sam teaches courses in the legal environment of business and business ethics. He has published articles in several law journals including the Hofstra Law Review, the Texas Review of Entertainment and Sports Law, and the Jeffrey S. Moorad Sports Law Journal (Villanova Law School).


  • Ph.D., Sport Management, Florida State University, 2020
  • J.D., Thomas Jefferson School of Law, 2014
  • B.A., Sport Management, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 2011

Teaching Areas

  • Legal Environment of Business
  • Employment Law
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Business Ethics
  • Negotiation Theory and Practice

Areas of Expertise

  • Sports Law
  • Legal Theory
  • Employment Law
  • Antitrust Law
  • Tort Law

Featured Publications

  • “But They’re Already Paid”: Payments In-Kind, College Athletes, and the FLSA, 123 West Virginia Law Review
  • Swimming Against the Current: Mayall v. USA Water Polo and its Potential Impact on Overseeing Athletic Organizations, 19 Virginia Sports and Entertainment Law Journal
  • Higgins v. Kentucky Sports Radio Reframed: Balancing Free Speech and Emotional Distress Liability When Fans Take Things Too Far, 14 Charleston Law Review 277, pp. 277-298 (2020) (with Josh D. Winneker)
  • The FLSA and the NCAA’s Potential Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, 39 Loyola of Los Angeles Entertainment Law Review, 77, pp. 77-113 (2019)
  • Throwing the Book at Irresponsible Coaches: The Need for Consistent Pitch Limit Laws in Amateur Sports, 47 Hofstra Law Review 527, pp. 527-561 (2018) (with John T. Holden)
  • Clarett’s Shadow: How a 14–Year–Old Case Will Impact NBA Age Rule Bargaining, 19 Texas Review of Entertainment and Sports Law 29, pp. 29-62 (2018)


  • Competed in invitation-only 2014 American Bar Association National Negotiation Competition at the ABA Annual Meetings
  • First Place, 2013-14 American Bar Association Regional Negotiation Competition
  • First Place, 2012 National Baseball Arbitration Competition at Tulane University (watch the news story here)