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Len Elmore

Senior Lecturer in the Discipline of Sports Management

Len Elmore is a former collegiate basketball All American at The University of Maryland at College Park, a ten-year professional basketball player with the American Basketball Association and National Basketball Association, an attorney and a 31-year sports television announcer, having worked with ESPN, CBS Sports and Fox Sports/FS1. Upon conclusion of his professional basketball career in 1984, Elmore received his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1987 as the first NBA player to graduate from that institution. 

Len has served as a prosecutor in Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, as Of Counsel and Senior Counsel with several noted law firms, the principal in a sports management company and a private sector business leader.

Currently, Len is Senior Lecturer in the Columbia University Sports Management Program where he was awarded the 2019 Dean’s Excellence Award. He presently serves as a director on the public company board of He is a commissioner on the Knight Commission for Intercollegiate Athletics, where he chairs the Racial Equity Task Force. 

In August 2020, Len was appointed to the Board of Advisors for The Shirley Povich Center at The University of Maryland College Park Merrill School of Journalism. He also remains involved with several charitable organizations.

Len was selected to serve as the Faculty Speaker for the SPS Graduation, morning ceremony, for the Class of 2022 on May 13, 2022.


  • J.D., Harvard University
  • B.A., University of Maryland, College Park


  • Fall 2020: Athlete Activism and Social Justice in Sports
  • Fall 2020: Internship in Sports Management
  • Spring 2021: Leadership & Personnel Management in Sports 
  • Spring 2021: Supervised Research Project