2022 Clyde Rabb Littlefield Lecture

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A football helmet overlayed with one hundred dollar bills sits on green grass with a blue sky overhead filled with money sign clouds

by Dr. Ronald A. Smith

WHEN: 1:30pm, Thursday, October 6, 2022

WHERE: Connally Ballroom at the UT Alumni Center

Sponsored by The Kinesiology & Health Education Department, The H.J. Lutcher Stark Center, and The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

This year’s Littlefield Lecture tackles the changing definition of amateurism and the surrounding controversy and legal struggle over the new name, image, and likeness (NIL) opportunities for college athletes.

In his lecture, Dr. Ronald A. Smith, distinguished historian of collegiate sports, will explore this topic and discuss his recent book The Myth of the Amateur: A History of College Athletic Scholarships (University of Texas Press). Dr. Smith wrote an amicus brief for the US Supreme Court that was quoted extensively in the Court’s recent decision. Professor and lawyer Thomas M. Hunt will join Smith for the Q&A section that follows his lecture. The event is free and open to the public.

Official Event Flyer:

Official event flyer for the 2022 Clyde Rabb Littlefield Lecture featuring Dr. Ronald A. Smith. It includes a graphic of a football helmet with hundred dollar bills overlayed on top of it, green grass, and blue skies with dollar sign clouds. There is also a headshot of Dr. Smith.