16 Feb 2010

NFL Players Hone Their Skills at Harvard Business School


BOSTON— More than 35 NFL players representing teams from across the league, including the Indianapolis Colts, Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets, and Minnesota Vikings, have traveled to Harvard Business School (HBS) to take part in a custom Executive Education program that addresses the unique business opportunities and challenges faced by current and retired NFL players.

The NFL Business Management and Entrepreneurial Program is part of an ongoing initiative by the NFL and the NFL Players Association, in collaboration with Harvard Business School, to assist players in preparing for life after football.

The one-week curriculum is taught by full-time HBS faculty and focuses on topics such as business operations, negotiation, business plan analysis, and legal aspects of business that players face. In addition to the analysis and discussion of relevant case studies, which is a core part of every academic program at HBS, the program will include classes and workshops that emphasize entrepreneurial opportunities and business management.

Throughout their time at HBS, players will have the opportunity to work directly with faculty members who have an expertise in their particular areas of interest.

This is the sixth consecutive year that Harvard Business School has worked with the NFL and the NFL Players Association to develop this special program. HBS also works with a variety of select companies across industries, including energy, financial services, information technology, and consumer products, to develop custom Executive Education programs that strengthen leadership capabilities and address specific organizational issues.

About Harvard Business School

Founded in 1908 as part of Harvard University, Harvard Business School is located on a 40-acre campus in Boston. Its faculty of more than 250 offers full-time programs leading to the MBA and PhD degrees, as well as more than 175 Executive Education programs, and Harvard Business School Online, the School’s digital learning platform. For more than a century, faculty have drawn on their research, their experience in working with organizations worldwide, and their passion for teaching, to educate leaders who make a difference in the world. The School and its curriculum attract the boldest thinkers and the most collaborative learners who will go on to shape the practice of business and entrepreneurship around the globe.