Thomas A. Baker III
Associate Professor, University of Georgia
Dr. Thomas A. Baker III is a tenured Associate Professor of Sport Law at the International Center for Sport Management (ICSM), University of Georgia. He is also the Editor-in-chief for the Journal of Legal Aspects of Sport (JLAS), the only peer-reviewed sport law journal in the United States.
Dr. Baker’s research primarily focuses on the application of law to sport and within that focus he specializes in how commercial laws influence sport, such as legal issues concerning brand image/management and the regulation of marketing through advertisements and social media. He also conducts injury prevention research that focuses on the risk of sexual violence in sports, with a particular focus on methods for preventing violence against children.
Dr. Baker has more than 50 scholarly publications and has written extensively on the influence of law on student-athlete regulations. His research has been featured in law reviews and the leading sport law reviews and journals including multiple articles. He has also published in prestigious sport management journals such as the Journal of Sport Management, European Sport Management Quarterly, and Sport Marketing Quarterly. In addition to his scholarly work, Dr. Baker is also a contributor to Forbes.
Dr. Baker received his Ph.D. from the University of Florida where he was a Dr. Charles W. LaPradd Fellow. He earned his J.D. from Loyola University of New Orleans School of Law where he graduated in the top 10% of his class and earned the distinction of William L. Crowe Scholar.