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Karen Weaver, EdD

Associate Clinical Professor, Sport Management

LeBow College of Business

Contact:

karen.e.weaver@drexel.edu

215.895.6192

A former Division I and III National Championship head coach and director of athletics, Weaver joined Drexel’s department of sport management in 2012. Her research interests include college sports media and finance, broadcast television media rights and rights holders, governance issues and social media and marketing. She has written numerous articles on the impact media rights are having on college sports. Additionally, Weaver serves as a consultant to the Knight Commission for Intercollegiate Athletics, which ensures that intercollegiate athletics programs operate within the educational mission of their colleges and universities. She received her doctorate of education from the University of Pennsylvania.


For news media inquiries, contact Annie Korp at amk522@drexel.edu, 215.571.4244 (office) or 484.560.3425 (cell).

In the News

  • College Football Recruits Don’t Get It—Where Is The Leadership?

    Karen Weaver, EdD, an associate clinical professor in the LeBow College of Business, authored a June 29 Forbes article on college athletic programs lacking the ability to control what athletes and recruits do outside of the pandemic preparation for sports to return, and in some cases, even encouraging risky gatherings. 

  • High Schools Push Ahead for Fall Football Amid Pandemic

    Karen Weaver, EdD, an associate clinical professor in the LeBow College of Business, was quoted in a June 22 Associated Press article about high school sports teams starting summer workouts in preparation for the fall season as coronavirus restrictions lift across the country.

  • Big Questions About COVID-19 and Athletics Before College Sports Come Back

    Karen Weaver, EdD, an associate clinical professor in the Sport Management program of the LeBow College of Business, was quoted in a June 11 episode of KYW Newsradio (1060-AM) “In Depth” podcast about what needs to be addressed in order for fall college sports to return to play, including financial, health and safety barriers. 

  • Questions Every Parent Of A College Athlete Should Ask Before Their Kids Return To Practice

    Karen Weaver, EdD, an associate clinical professor in the Sport Management program in the LeBow College of Business, authored a pair of columns in Forbes on June 11. One focused on what athletes and parents of athletes should be asking sports programs about COVID-19 precautions before returning to campus for workouts, while the second focused on the Power 5 conferences and the American Council on Education recently lobbying congress about names, image and likeness legislation and temporary COVID-19 liability protections, respectively. Weaver was also featured on a May 30 WILO-AM (Frankfort, Indiana) “Inside the Huddle” broadcast about the possibility of college sports returning in the fall.

  • What An Infectious Disease Expert Says About Return To Play For College Athletics

    Karen Weaver, EdD, an associate clinical professor in the Sport Management program in the LeBow College of Business, authored a May 21 Forbes article about an infectious expert's opinion on the possibility of sports returning to college campuses in the fall.

  • What Needs to Happen Before College Sports Come Back From COVID-19 Shutdown?

    Karen Weaver, EdD, an associate clinical professor in the Sport Management program in the LeBow College of Business, was interviewed in a May 12 episode of the KYW-Newsradio (1060-AM) “In Depth” podcast about the American College Health Association’s recently released health and safety guidelines for colleges sports to return to play in fall 2020.

  • Before College Athletes Can Compete Safely, Consider These Questions

    Karen Weaver, EdD, an associate clinical professor in the Sport Management program in the LeBow College of Business, authored an April 30 Forbes article on what safety and cleaning precautions schools need to take in order to consider restarting athletic competitions in the fall.

  • If College Athletes Return, Who Will Pay The Medical Bills?

    Karen Weaver, EdD, an associate clinical professor in the Sport Management program in the LeBow College of Business, authored an April 20 Forbes column about how the pandemic will affect college athletes’ health insurance coverage, which could be an added expense for colleges when sports return.

  • College Athletic Programs Are Looking to Furloughs, Pay Cuts to Stay Afloat. Will It Be Enough?

    Karen Weaver, EdD, an associate clinical professor in the Sport Management program in the LeBow College of Business, authored an April 13 Forbes article about how the pandemic is affecting college athletic programs and what options there are for recovery. She was also a guest on the April 13 episode of KYW-Newsradio (1060-AM)'s "In Depth" program to talk about the issue.

  • College Sports Will Be Hit Hard, and Will Not Be the Same Economically After the Coronavirus

    Karen Weaver, EdD, associate clinical professor in the Sport Management program in the LeBow College of Business, and Eric Zillmer, PsyD, athletic director, were quoted in a March 27 Philadelphia Inquirer story about the economic fallout for college athletics because of the pandemic and what recovery will look like.

  • What Does The Future Hold For Small College Athletics Programs In The Post-Coronavirus World?

    Karen Weaver, EdD, an associate clinical professor in the Sport Management program in the LeBow College of Business, authored a March 21 Forbes article about how campus closures and social distancing will impact recruiting for small college athletic programs.

  • How Does Canceling the NCAA Tournament Impact College Athletics? We Asked Some Experts

    Karen Weaver, EdD, an associate clinical professor in the Sport Management program in LeBow College of Business, was quoted in a March 17 SBNation article about the economic impact for NCAA schools after the cancelation of the March Madness tournament.

  • NCAA Coronavirus Cancellations: The Heartbreak Extends Beyond Division I

    Karen Weaver, EdD, an associate clinical professor in the Sport Management program in LeBow College of Business, authored a March 14 Forbes article about the impact of the NCAA canceling winter championships and spring seasons for college athletes, especially for the majority who will not have an opportunity to play professionally after graduation.

  • Congress’ Question For NCAA: How In The World Can We Trust You To Get This Right?

    Karen Weaver, EdD, an associate clinical professor in the Sport Management program in the LeBow College of Business, authored a Feb. 12 Forbes article about the NCAA hearing in front of the Senate Subcommittee on Manufacturing, Trade and Consumer Protection to address name, image and likeness issues.

  • Husker Air Takes Flight—Did It Land Any Prime Football Recruits?

    Karen Weaver, EdD, an associate clinical professor in the Sport Management program in the LeBow College of Business, authored a Feb. 9 Forbes article about the University of Nebraska’s novel transportation program for the school’s football coach to travel to recruit. Husker Air relies on the private planes fully owned and fractionally owned by donors to the Husker Athletics Program, saving the school nearly $1 million.

  • What College Athletics Must Adopt From The New WNBA Collective Bargaining Agreement

    Karen Weaver, EdD, an associate clinical professor in the Sport Management program in the LeBow College of Business, authored a Feb. 4 Forbes article about the WNBA’s recently announced collective bargaining agreement with the WNBA Players Association and how the NCAA should adopt similar policies to protect athlete’s private medical data and formalize name, image and likeness policies.

  • How Jim Delaney Changed College Sports

    Karen Weaver, EdD, an associate clinical professor in the Sport Management program of the LeBow College of Business, was interviewed on a Jan. 7 WGYAM-AM (Orlando, Florida) broadcast about Big Ten Conference Commissioner Jim Delany’s upcoming retirement and his legacy.

  • How Jim Delany’s Media Intuition Changed The College Sports Ecosystem

    Karen Weaver, EdD, an associate clinical professor in the Sport Management program in the LeBow College of Business, authored a Jan. 6 Forbes article about Big Ten Conference Commissioner Jim Delany’s upcoming retirement and his legacy, which includes the creation of the Big Ten Network.

  • The Big Ten Network Was Created By and For Its Fans — And Turned A Profit In Less Than Two Years

    Karen Weaver, EdD, an associate clinical professor in the Sport Management program of the LeBow College of Business, authored a Jan. 4 Forbes article about The Big Ten Network’s profitability and the model it’s created for other conference’s to follow when creating their own television networks.

  • Episode 6: The Isolation Game

    Karen Weaver, PhD, an associate clinical professor in the Sport Management program of LeBow College of Business, was quoted in a Dec. 10 episode of The Intercollegiate Podcast about the effects of exclusive environments, like athletes villages, on college athletes.

  • We Asked Tobias Harris and Other Insiders: Should PA. Legalize Paying Student-Athletes? | Opinion

    Karen Weaver, EdD, an associate clinical professor in the Sport Management program in the LeBow College of Business, was quoted in an Oct. 5 Philadelphia Inquirer opinion piece about California's new law to allow student athletes to profit off their name, image and likeness and whether Pennsylvania and other states should pass similar legislation.

  • The Ash Era is Over, But Rutgers’ Pain is Not, Sports Business Professor Says

    Karen Weaver, EdD, an associate professor in the Sports Management program of LeBow College of Business, authored an Oct. 1 NJ.com opinion piece about Rutgers University firing Head Football Coach Chris Ash and their struggle to become a financially self-sufficient member of the Big Ten Conference.

  • Race Talk in West Chester: 'Who Is At Top and Bottom of Totem Pole?'

    Karen Weaver, EdD, an associate professor in the Sport Management program in LeBow College of Business, was quoted in a Sept. 11 Daily Local (West Chester, Pennsylvania) story about a panel she served on about race and diversity in the West Chester community.

  • Peyton Manning Tops List of Most-Loved Sports Media Personalities

    Karen Weaver, EdD, an associate professor in the Sport Management program in the LeBow College of Business, was quoted in a July 16 Morning Consult article about the most-loved sports media personalities.

  • For Broadcasters, Women’s World Cup Rallies Record Audiences With An Event And a Cause

    Karen Weaver, EdD, an associate clinical professor in the Sport Management program of the LeBow College of Business, was quoted in a June 27 Washington Post article about the increase of marketing and viewership of the 2019 Women’s World Cup and the larger trend of increasing visibility for women’s professional sports.

  • At University of Maryland, Football Fandom Continues to Fall

    Karen Weaver, EdD, an associate clinical professor in the Sport Management program of LeBow College of Business, was quoted in a Feb. 5 Baltimore Sun story about the decline of ticket sales and outside donations to the University of Maryland football team.

  • How Michigan Is Handling $240M Athletics Debt

    Karen Weaver, EdD, an associate clinical professor in the Center for Hospitality and Sport Management, was quoted in a March 5 Athletic Business article on the handling process of The University of Michigan’s $240M athletics debt.

  • Splitting Audience Could Make UM's $240 Million Athletics Debt a Heavier Lift

    Karen Weaver, EdD, an associate clinical professor in the Center for Hospitality and Sport Management, was quoted in a Feb. 26 Crain's Detroit Business story about the University of Michigan Athletic Department's $240 million debt and how it could be more difficult to recoup it as television contracts are becoming less lucrative due to people watching sports on multiple other media platforms.

  • Alabama Trounces Clemson and Everybody Else in the College Football Money Game

    Karen Weaver, EdD, an associate clinical professor in the Center for Hospitality and Sport Management, was quoted in a Jan. 9 Bloomberg story about the business model of college football and its shifting landscape. 

  • College Coaches are Using Twitter, Other Tools More in Recruiting

    Karen Weaver, associate clinical professor in the Center for Hospitality and Sport Management was quoted in an Aug. 17 Philadelphia Inquirer story about college coaches using Twitter and other social media tools for recruitment. 

  • Murphy Mentions Class with Weaver During Phillies Spring Training

    Karen Weaver, EdD, an associate clinical professor in the Center For Hospitality and Sport Management was mentioned during a March 1 Comcast SportsNet broadcast of Phillies spring training. Reporter Gregg Murphy served as a guest lecturer in one of Weaver's sport management courses.

  • How Moneyball Could Deflate College Football

    Ellen Staurowsky, EdD, a professor in the Center for Hospitality and Sport Management, was quoted in an article on Ozy.com on Sept. 3 about data analytics and its possible effect on competitive equity in college football.

  • FIFA’s Sepp Blatter Responding to Sponsors: Weaver

    Karen Weaver, EdD, an associate professor and interim director of the sport management program in the Center for Hospitality and Sport Management, was interviewed in a June 2 Bloomberg segment about the aftermath of the FIFA scandal and possible reform in the structure, elections and executive committee.

  • What Happens if Sepp Blatter Returns As FIFA President?

    Karen Weaver, EdD, an associate professor and interim director of the sport management program in the Center for Hospitality and Sport Management, was interviewed in a May 29 Bloomberg segment about the aftermath of the FIFA scandal.

  • Periscope, Meerkat Threaten Teams’ Hold on Video Feeds

    Karen Weaver, EdD, an associate professor and interim director of the sport management program in the Center for Hospitality and Sport Management, was quoted in a May 19 Boston Globe article about the use of video apps in sports arenas.

  • The State of Women College Coaches

    Karen Weaver, EdD, an associate professor and interim director of the sport management program in the Center for Hospitality and Sport Management, was interviewed on WHYY’s "Radio Times" on March 18 about female coaches.

  • The Comcast Network Relaunches With 'Breakfast on Broad'

    Karen Weaver, EdD, associate clinical professor and interim director of the sport management program in the Center for Hospitality and Sport Management, was quoted in a Philadelphia Daily News story on March 11 about the launch of the sports television show “Breakfast on Broad.”

  • Chicago Little League Stripped of Title

    Karen Weaver, EdD, associate clinical professor and interim director of the sport management program in the Center for Hospitality and Sport Management, was interviewed on WTXF-TV (FOX-29) on Feb. 15 about a Chicago Little League team being stripped of their title.

  • Football Major, Basketball Minor?

    Karen Weaver, EdD, an associate clinical professor and interim director of the sport management program in the Center for Hospitality and Sport Management, was quoted in a New York Times article on Feb. 1 about academic standards for college athletes.

  • #CBWest

    Karen Weaver, associate clinical professor and interim director of sport management in the Center for Hospitality and Sport Management, was interviewed on WXTF-TV (FOX-29) about Central Bucks West High School cancelling their football season after hazing reports.

  • Is the NFL alienating female fans?

    Karen Weaver, an associate clinical professor and director of sport management in the Center for Hospitality and Sport Management, was quoted in a CBSNews.com article on Sept. 19 about the NFL’s female fans.

  • NCAA and college sports: It is time to pay athletes to play?

    Karen Weaver, EdD, an associate clinical professor in the Center for Hospitality and Sport Management, was quoted in a Christian Science Monitor article about paying college athletes.

  • Local Expert Weighs In On College Athlete Union Ruling

    Karen Weaver, EdD, an associate clinical professor in the Center for Hospitality and Sport Management, was quoted in a March 26 KYW Newsradio (1060-AM) story about Northwestern University’s football players winning approval from the National Labor Relations Board to unionize. She also was interviewed on WPVI-TV (6-abc) on March 26.

  • Student athletes weigh in on juggling school and sports

    Dr. Karen Weaver, associate clinical professor in the Goodwin College of Professional Studies, was quoted in the Philadelphia Metro on September 17 about college athletics.

  • Manziel Must Sit Out First Half of Opener for ‘Inadvertent Violation’

    Dr. Karen Weaver, an associate professor in the Goodwin College of Professional Studies, was quoted in a New York Times story on August 29 about Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel.

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