21 Feb 2008

NFL Players to Participate in Custom Executive Education Program at Harvard Business School


BOSTON— On February 24, more than thirty NFL players representing teams from across the league, including the New England Patriots, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Seattle Seahawks, will travel to Harvard Business School (HBS) to take part in an executive education program that addresses the unique business opportunities and challenges faced by NFL players during and following their professional football careers.

The NFL Business Management and Entrepreneurial Program is made up of two modules, February 24 - 27 and April 7 - 9, and 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.

"We are pleased to welcome these NFL players to Harvard Business School," said W. Carl Kester, Deputy Dean for Academic Affairs at HBS and faculty co-chair of the program. "The goal of this program is to assist players in developing their business skills and acumen so that they can be in the best position to pursue productive and successful careers off the field."

The customized curriculum is taught by full-time HBS faculty and focuses on topics such as financial analysis, marketing strategies, and selected general business skills, as well as the legal, contractual, and tax issues 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.

During the four-week break between the two modules, the players will research a business concept or entrepreneurial venture, and prepare to discuss their ideas with HBS faculty and fellow participants upon their return to campus in April. 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 fourth 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.