Rick Karcher

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(904) 680-7743






Rick Karcher teaches in the areas of business law, torts and sports law. He was the director of the law school’s Center for Law and Sports from 2005 to 2012.

Before coming to Florida Coastal, he was a partner at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP in Detroit where he worked on mergers and acquisitions, business formations, commercial loans, corporate governance matters and a variety of business transactions. He also represented and counseled athletes and taught sports law as an adjunct at Michigan State University College of Law. Prior to attending law school, he played three seasons in the Atlanta Braves farm system.

He is published extensively in the field of sports law and speaks frequently on the topic. His research and publications have focused on such subjects as player-agent regulation, athletes’ rights, college coaching contracts, and computation of damages. He has provided expert testimony before Congress and in numerous lawsuits.


B.A., 1994, University of Michigan-Dearborn
J.D., 1997, Michigan State University College of Law


Business Associations, Torts and Sports Law


Broadcast Rights, Unjust Enrichment and the Student-Athlete, 34 CARDOZO L. REV. __ (forthcoming Fall 2012).

Using Liquidated Damages in Comparable Coaches’ Contracts to Assess a School’s Economic Damage From the Loss of a Successful Coach, 64 S.C. L. REV. __ (forthcoming Fall 2012).

Rethinking Damages for Lost Earning Capacity in a Professional Sports Career: How to Translate Today’s Athletic Potential into Tomorrow’s Dollars, 14 CHAPMAN L. REV. 75 (2010).

The Coaching Carousel in Big-Time Intercollegiate Athletics: Economic Implications and Legal Considerations, 20 FORDHAM INTELL. PROP. MEDIA & ENT. L. J. 1 (2009).

Tort Law and Journalism Ethics, 40 LOY. U. CHI. L. J. 781 (2009).

Fundamental Fairness in Union Regulation of Sports Agents, 40 CONN. L. REV. 355 (2007).

The Use of Players’ Identities in Fantasy Sports Leagues: Developing Workable Standards for Right of Publicity Claims, 111 PENN ST. L. REV. 557 (2007).

Solving Problems in the Player Representation Business: Unions Should Be the “Exclusive” Representative of the Players, 42 WILLAMETTE L. REV. 737 (Symposium 2006) [reprinted in SIEKMANN, PARRISH, MARTINS & SOEK, PLAYERS’ AGENTS WORLDWIDE: LEGAL ASPECTS 693 (T.M.C. ASSER PRESS, The Hague, The Netherlands, 2007)].

The NCAA’s Regulations Related to the Use of Agents in the Sport of Baseball: Are the Rules Detrimental to the Best Interest of the Amateur Athlete?, 7 VAND. J. ENT. & TECH. L. 215 (2005).
Legal Issues Facing Non-Profit Hospitals Converting to For-Profit Status, 1 MICH. ST. J. MED. & L. 153 (1997).

Workers’ Compensation and the Collegiate Scholarship Athlete: An Analysis of Coleman v. Western Michigan University, 2 MICH. ST. ENT. & SPORTS L. J. 21 (1995).


The NCAA’s Indirect Regulation of Lawyer-Agents: In Direct Conflict with the Model Rules of Professional Conduct; Selected Proceedings of the Santa Clara University Institute of Sports Law and Ethics Third Annual Sports Law Symposium: What is the Proper Role of Sports in Higher Education? (Sept. 6, 2012).

Alabama Jury Sends Message to NCAA, Sports Litigation Alert, Vol. 4, Issue 23; Legal Issues in Collegiate Athletics, Vol. 9, Issue 2, Dec. 2007 (Hackney Publications).

Florida Coastal Makes A Connection to the Sports Industry, Jacksonville Lawyer Magazine, Dec. 2005, at 40–41.

To Cure Agent Misdeeds, Cut Their Fees (op. ed.), Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal, Vol. 8, Issue 15, Aug. 8–14, 2005, at 20.

How To Curb Agent Misconduct in Professional Baseball, Sports Litigation Alert, Vol. 2, Issue 11, July 2005 (Hackney Publications).