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ASU Law grad takes sports law degree and lands dream job in baseball


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After earning her ASU Law MSLB degree this spring, Alyssa Hudler plans to continue living out her dream by working in baseball in New York City.

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April 16, 2021

Editor's note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable spring 2021 graduates.

After five years of working in sports, Alyssa Hudler recognized she needed more to pursue the career of her dreams in baseball.

And the Allan “Bud” Selig Sports Law and Business program at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University was the way to do it.

“I realized my competitive advantage while moving up in the industry would be having additional education relating to sports and law,” said Hudler, who hails from Tustin, California. She says she chose ASU Law’s Master of Sports Law and Business (MSLB) program for “the limitless opportunity.”

“The opportunity to learn, grow, challenge myself, network and refine necessary skills needed to continue my career were all here,” Hudler said. “Having a program that relates concepts from sports business practices to the legalities of why these decisions are made felt like the perfect stepping stone in my educational journey.”

Question: What’s something you learned while at ASU Law — in the classroom or otherwise — that surprised you or changed your perspective?

Answer: Removing the emotions from decision-making and sticking to the facts when devising professional opinions.

Q: Which professor taught you the most important lesson while at ASU Law?

A: A common lesson taught throughout all courses was the importance of maintaining your integrity and how to build a good reputation for yourself in the sports industry.

Q: What’s the best piece of advice you’d give to those contemplating ASU Law, and those still in law school?

A: The exposure you receive to industry leaders’ knowledge, the people you meet and the opportunities you are afforded not only enhance the educational experience, but create the unique and exclusive environment that is ASU Law’s MSLB program.

Q: What are your plans after graduation?

A: Midway through my final semester in ASU Law’s MSLB program I accepted a position under sports agent Casey Close, as Excel Sports Management’s baseball operations manager. After graduation I plan to continue living out my dream by working in baseball in New York City.

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