Scott Bukstein, JD

Scott Bukstein has been a faculty member within the College of Business Administration at UCF since January 2010. Bukstein is responsible for directing the Undergraduate Sport Business Management Program at UCF. Bukstein is also the Associate Director of the DeVos Graduate Sport Business Management Program.

As Associate Director of the DeVos Graduate Sport Business Management Program, Prof. Bukstein helps lead one of the most prestigious graduate sport business management programs.

Bukstein also leads the operations of an undergraduate academic program with approximately 400 students. In this leadership role, Bukstein develops and manages business relationships with sport and entertainment organizations to establish volunteer, internship and job opportunities for students in the program. Bukstein is the faculty advisor for the Sport Business Club at UCF.

Bukstein teaches the following undergraduate courses: Introduction to Sport Business Management (SPB 3003), Business Law in Sport and Entertainment (GEB 4824), Event and Facility Management in Sport (SPB 4304), Business Analytics in Sport (SPB 3930H), and Diversity and Social Issues in Sport (SPB 3603).

Bukstein teaches the following graduate courses: Sport Law (SPB 6406), U.S. Sport Industries: Challenges and Opportunities (SPB 6608), Event and Facility Management in Sport (SPM 6108), Professional Selling in Sport (SPB 6715C), and Sport Analytics (SPB 6706).

In addition, Bukstein is an Adjunct Instructor within the College of Business at the University of South Florida as well as the College of Business at Pepperdine University. Bukstein has also served as a Lecturer during the annual summer Business of Sport Program at the University of Colorado. Bukstein also served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor within the Goizueta Business School at Emory University from 2013-2015.

Bukstein is a consultant and researcher for the National Football League (NFL). Bukstein works with his colleague and mentor Dr. C. Keith Harrison to advise the NFL on various matters related to occupational mobility patterns of leaders within the NFL as well as on female spectators and influencers of the NFL brand. Examples of research reports co-authored by Harrison and Bukstein for the NFL are available at and

Bukstein also recently served as a consultant for the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE), which is a not-for-profit organization founded by Miami Dolphins team owner Stephen Ross. Bukstein and Harrison developed and implemented a comprehensive academic curriculum focused on diversity, inclusion, respect and equality in sport.

Before joining the faculty at UCF, Bukstein was an Adjunct Instructor at Saint Leo University. He taught Legal Issues in Sport and Risk Management in Sport courses.

Bukstein earned a bachelor’s degree in Sport Management and Communications from the University of Michigan. Bukstein received his law (juris doctorate) degree from the University of Minnesota Law School. Prior to becoming a college professor and administrator, Bukstein worked as a corporate attorney at Faegre & Benson LLP (now Faegre Baker Daniels) in Minneapolis, where he represented clients in a wide variety of transactional matters, including public and private mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and securities, venture capital financings, and general corporate counseling. Bukstein provided legal counsel to several sport organizations. For example, he negotiated the Naming Rights Agreement for Target Corporation’s sponsorship of the new Minnesota Twins baseball stadium and he also represented Minnesota Hockey Ventures Group in its sale of the Minnesota Swarm lacrosse team. Bukstein is currently a licensed attorney in the State of Minnesota.

Bukstein’s research focus is on the intersection of sport and the law, collective bargaining in professional sport, business analytics in sport, the business of collegiate athletics and professional sport, the perceptions and academic performance of college student-athletes, mobility patterns and career paths of coaches and other executives, marketing to female sport consumers and influencers, and leadership and diversity/inclusion issues in sport. Bukstein has published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles as well as book chapters.

Bukstein is the co-editor of a recently published book, “Sport Business Analytics: Using Data to Increase Revenue and Improve Operational Efficiency.”

Bukstein is also the author of “The Business and Governance of College Sports.”

Bukstein served as a member of the Editorial Review Board for the Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics (JIIA) from 2010-2014, and currently serves as a member of the Editorial Review Board for the Journal of Higher Education Athletics & Innovation (JHEAI).

You can read a selection of Bukstein’s publications by clicking here.