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Peter Carfagna

Lecturer on Law

2022-2023

Peter A. Carfagna
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Peter A. Carfagna is Chairman/CEO of Magis, LLC, a privately owned sports marketing, management and investment company, including family ownership of the Lake County Captains, Cleveland Indians High Class A Affiliate. He has also been the Managing Member of LLC’s affiliated with many Major League Baseball teams, including the Boston Red Sox; Seattle Mariners; Houston Astros; and the Arizona Diamondbacks.

From 1994-2005, Peter served as Chief Legal Officer & General Counsel of International Management Group (IMG), and was Senior Partner at Jones Day LLP before that, during which time he worked as outside counsel to the Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers’ ownership groups.

Peter graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College, having also played Varsity Football. Peter was then a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, graduating M.A. with Honours in Jurisprudence/Law. He then graduated from Harvard Law School magna cum laude, where he studied under Professor Paul J. Weiler, the “Father of Sports and the Law” at Harvard.

Since being appointed by then-Dean Elena Kagan as the Covington Burling Distinguished Visitor in 2006, Peter has since then continuously been teaching 3 Sports Law Courses at Harvard Law School each year, each of which has been published as a casebook: 1. Representing the Professional Athlete (3rd Ed. West 2018); 2. Examining The Legal Evolution of America’s 3 ‘Major Leagues’ (3rd Ed. West 2017); and 3) Negotiating and Drafting Sports Venue Agreements (2nd Ed.West 2016).

At Harvard Law School, he is Faculty Advisor to the Harvard Law School’s Committee on Sports and Entertainment Law and its Journal on Sports and Entertainment Law. He is also Faculty Supervisor of Harvard Law School’s Sports Law Clinical Program, responsible for 40+ sports law clinicals each school year with the NFL, MLB, NBA, Boston Celtics, Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots, Brooklyn Nets, Minnesota Twins, Excel Sports Agency, Special Olympics, Miami Dolphins, Detroit Pistons, Washington Capitals, Arizona Coyotes, DraftKings and the Inter Miami MLS Team, among many other Major League Teams and Sports Agencies.

Peter also serves as a Visiting Professor and Director of the Sports Law Honors Track/LLM Program at the University of Miami in the Spring Term, where he offers a shorter version of the same courses that he teaches at HLS.

Peter is past President and current Board Member of the Concussion Legacy Foundation and Former Chair of the Board of the Ladies Professional Golf Association. He is also the Faculty Representative to the Harvard Varsity Men’s and Women’s Golf Teams.

Peter and his wife Rita, their 4 adult children and 9 grandchildren, reside in the Cleveland, Ohio area.

Education

  • A.B. Harvard College, 1975
  • M.A. Jurisprudence University of Oxford, 1977
  • J.D. Harvard Law School, 1979