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Dr. Peter Finley
Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Affairs and
2005 - Ph.D. - Sport Administration - Doctorate - University of Northern Colorado
2002 - MA - Education Leadership - Masters - Western Michigan University
1997 - BA - Physical Education - Bachelors - Western Michigan University
Area of Speciality or Primary Teaching Area
Sport marketing, sport law, and sociology of sports.
Dr. Finley is the Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Affairs and an associate professor of sport and recreation management in the H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship. His areas of specialization include sport ethics, sport law, and the sociology of sport. He has authored numerous scholarly articles on various sport management topics and is a regular presenter at several major international conferences in the field. Dr. Finley was the recipient of the 2008 Huizenga School Excellence in Teaching Award.
Dr. Finley has co-authored three books, including "The Sports Industry's War on Athletes" in which he and Laura L. Finley explore the downside of sports as big business. Included are chapters on drug use among athletes, academic fraud, on-field cheating, weight issues among athletes, playing while injured, and hazing. Dr. Finley also wrote "Sports Scandals", with Jeffrey J. Fountain and Laura L. Finley, which explores over eighty major scandals that had a significant impact on sports in America, including such memorable events as Rosie Ruiz nearly stealing the Boston Marathon, BALCO and designer steroids, Barry Bonds and the asterisk, and Spygate.
Prior to returning to college to pursue a Ph.D., Dr. Finley was a successful high school teacher and was named an Excellence in Education “Significant Educator” in 1998. He also coached high school track and field, leading eleven athletes to All-State honors over a five year period. Dr. Finley was a member of a National Junior College Athletic Association National Championship cross country team at Lansing Community College in 1991.
Dr. Finley has an undergraduate degree in Physical Education and a Masters degree in Educational Leadership (both from Western Michigan University) and a Ph.D. in Sport Administration from the University of Northern Colorado. He also holds a doctoral minor in applied statistics and research methods.
Greenwood Press, 2008
The Sports Industry's War on Athletes
Praeger Press, 2006
Building the recruit-friendly Web site: A manual for NCAA Division III cross country coaches
How Drug Testing and Other Privacy Violations are Alienating America's Youth
Common Courage, 2005
College football: The systemic abuse of minority players’ rights to a legitimate education, South Florida Diversity Summit, 2011, Fort Lauderdale
"An investigation of academic clustering of athletes in BCS athletic departments", Scholarly Conference on College Sport, 2010, Chapel Hill, NC
"Academic clustering of minorities in general studies: Is there legal recourse for players?", Sport and Recreation Law Association, 2009, San Antonio
"A Longitudinal Study of Academic Clustering at a BCS Football Program", Scholarly Conference on College Sport Annual Conference, 2009, Chapel Hill
"Major League Baseball’s future ticket pricing path", Sport Marketing Association Annual Conference, 2008, Surfers Paradise, Australia
"Talk is cheap, money speaks: An examination of performance-based and academic-based bonuses in contracts of college football coaches in Division I", Scholarly Conference on College Sport Annual Conference, 2008, Memphis
"When a team and city collide: An examination of specific performance and the Supersonics' attempt to flee Seattle", Sport and Recreation Law Association Annual Conference, 2008, Myrtle Beach
"Bursting the online gambling bubble: The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act", Sport and Recreation Law Association Annual Conference, 2007, Chapel Hill
"Academic stacking of athletes on low-performing Division I football teams", The Drake Group Annual Conference, 2007, Cleveland
"Analyzing Badjocks.com: Media coverage of sexual crimes against children in sport via a popular online news portal", Sport and Recreation Law Association Annual Conference, 2007, Chapel Hill
"How much will that ticket cost in the future? An exploration of NFL pricing as it relates to the reduction in fan buying power and the creation of teaching resources for use in an undergraduate marketing course", Sport Marketing Association Annual Conference, 2007, Pittsburgh
"An application of means-end theory to analyze the college selection process of female student athletes", North American Society for Sport Management Annual Conference, 2006, Kansas City, MO
"An analysis of the effects of the Jessica Lunsford Act on high school officiating in Florida", Sport and Recreation Law Association Annual Conference, 2006, Albuquerque, NM
"An analysis of team Website content and college choice factors of NCAA Division III cross country runners", Sport Marketing Association Annual Conference, 2005, Tempe, AZ
"Drug testing in America’s public schools: An exercise in alienating America’s youth?", North American Society for Sport Management Annual Conference, 2005, Regina, Canada
"Role engulfment and club sports athletes: A year on the road with a collegiate cycling team", North American Society for Sport Management Annual Conference, 2004, Atlanta
"Team Web sites as aids in the recruiting process: Exploring the attitudes of NCAA tennis coaches", North American Society for Sport Management Annual Conference, 2004, Atlanta
"Gambling and the legal issues of fantasy sports", Sport and Recreation Law Association Annual Conference, 2004, Las Vegas
"Major League Baseball’s competitive balance dilemma: Exploring causes, effects, and possible solutions", University of Northern Colorado Research Days, 2004, Greeley, CO
"Policing the student body: A critique of drug testing in U.S. high schools", American Society of Criminology, 2003, Denver
"Beyond rosters, results and schedules: An analysis of women’s cross country Web sites at NCAA schools as aids in the recruiting process", North American Society for Sport Management Annual Conference, 2003, Ithaca
"Using electives to meet student needs", Wayne State University Education Conference, 2000, Detroit
Jeffrey J. Fountain and Peter S. Finley (2011). Academic clustering: A longitudinal analysis of a Division I football program. Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics, 2011(1), 23-41.
Peter Finley, Jeffrey J. Fountain (2010). An investigation of successful Football Bowl Subdivision coaches and the disproportional academic achievement of their White and African-American football players. Academic Leadership Journal, 8(2), .
Peter Finley, Jeffrey J. Fountain (2010). The price of NFL fandom: An exploratory study of the past, present, and future purchasing power of NFL fans. . The Sport Journal, 13(4), .
Jeffrey J. Fountain and Laura L. Finley (2009). Beyond the box office: An analysis of violent and deviant behavior in sport films. Sport Management and Related Topics Journal, 5(1), .
Peter Finley, Jeffrey J. Fountain (2009). Academic majors of upperclassmen football players in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics, 2009 (1), 1-13.
Peter Finley, Jeffrey J. Fountain (2008). An application of means end theory to analyze the college selection process of female athletes at an NCAA division II university . The Sport Journal, 11(2), .
Laura L. Finley (2007). They're just as sadistic as any group of boys! A content analysis of news coverage of sport-related hazing incidents in high schools. Journal of Criminal Justice and Popular Culture, 14(2), 197-219.
Peter Finley, (2006). Building the recruit-friendly cross country Web site. Coach and Athletic Director (Magazine), 75(10), ..
Peter Finley, (2006). Title IX and booster club management: Experts' suggestions for managing challenging scenarios. Essays in Education, 16(1), .
Laura L. Finley (2005). Dunks and drunks: Depictions of drug and alcohol use among high school athletes in film. Essays in Education, 12(1), ..
Peter Finley, J. Jason Halsey (2004). Determinants of PGA Tour success: An examination of relationships among performance, scoring, and earnings. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 98(1), 1100-1106.
Peter Finley, J. Casper (2004). Team Web sites as aids in the recruiting process: NCAA tennis coaches attitudes toward their use. The Sport Journal, 7(1), ..
Laura L. Finley (2003). Club sport cyclists and role conflict. The Sport Journal, 6(4), ..
Laura L. Finley (2003). An analysis of women’s cross country Web sites at NCAA schools as aids in the recruiting process. The Sport Journal, 6(2), ..
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