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Sport and Spectacle: GW Experts Available to Discuss NFL Opening Weekend

September 09, 2016
The National Football League opened its 2016-17 season on Sept. 8. On and off the field, the league touches a wide variety of newsworthy issues. George Washington University faculty can talk about money, management and muscle issues linked to the gridiron. Several GW experts also can discuss the high rates of concussions reported in the NFL.
To schedule an interview with any of these experts, contact Jason Shevrin at 202-994-5631 or [email protected]
GW’s Flash Studio can accommodate live, remote or taped television and radio interviews.
Lisa Delpy Neirotti, associate professor of sport management, is an expert on large-scale sporting events, including the Super Bowl, World Cup and Olympic Games. She can discuss the economics, including local tourism, stadium finance and merchandising, of NFL stadiums and games as well as the Super Bowl. 
James B. Wade, the Avram S. Tucker Endowed Professor in Strategy and Leadership, is an expert in leadership and management. He is a co-author of a study on racial disparities in NFL coach hiring and promotions, finding the NFL’s Rooney Rule is not effective.
Mark Hyman, assistant teaching professor of management and tourism studies, is an expert on youth sports and concussions. He can discuss the impact the NFL has on children’s recreation and health.
Raj Rao is a professor of orthopedic surgery and neurosurgery at the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He can discuss and analyze a variety of injuries facing football players.
Annamaria Lusardi, the Denit Trust Chair of Economics and Accountancy, is the academic director of the GW Global Financial Literacy Excellence Center. Dr. Lusardi is a personal finance expert who has researched the financial lives of retired NFL players
Mary J. Barron, assistant professor of exercise and nutrition sciences, can talk about what trainers, coaches and parents should do if an athlete suffers a head injury; how and when an athlete should return to the playing field after an injury; and the importance of a post-injury plan for gradually returning an athlete to play.