Peter A. Carfagna

Visiting Professor


  • M.A., Jurisprudence/Law, University of Oxford
  • B.A., Harvard College
  • A.B., 1975, Harvard College

Areas of Expertise

  • Professor Carfagna teaches Advanced Contract Drafting and Advance Sports Law at Ave Maria School of Law.

Professional Experience

Peter A. Carfagna is Chairman/CEO of Magis, LLC, a privately owned sports marketing, management and investment company, including family ownership of the Lake County Captains, Cleveland Indians Class A Affiliate. He has also been the Managing Member of LLC’s affiliated with many Major League Baseball teams, including the Boston Red Sox; Seattle Mariners; Houston Astros; and the Arizona Diamondbacks. From 1994-2005, Peter served as Chief Legal Officer & General Counsel of International Management Group (IMG), and was Senior Partner at Jones Day LLP before that, during which time he worked as outside counsel to the Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers’ ownership groups. Peter graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College, having also played Varsity Football. Peter was then a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, graduating M.A. with Honours in Jurisprudence/Law. He then graduated from Harvard Law School magna cum laude, where he studied under Professor Paul J. Weiler, the “father of Sports and the Law” at Harvard. Since being appointed by then-Dean Elena Kagan as the Covington Burling Distinguished Visitor in 2006, Peter has alternated teaching 3 Sports Law Courses at Harvard Law School, each of which has been published as a casebook: 1. Representing the Professional Athlete (2nd Ed. West 2014), which is the subject of a Coursera MOOC that was first offered in Fall 2014; 2. Examining The Legal Evolution of America’s 3 ‘Major Leagues’ (2nd Ed. West 2011); and 3) Negotiating and Drafting Sports Venue Agreements (West 2010). At Harvard Law School, he is Faculty Advisor to the Harvard Law School’s Committee on Sports and Entertainment Law and its Journal on Sports and Entertainment Law. He is also Faculty Supervisor of Harvard Law School’s Sports Law Clinical Program, responsible for 20+ sports law clinicals each school year with the NFL, MLB, Boston Celtics, Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots, Brooklyn Nets, CAA, Excel Sports Agency, Special Olympics and the Carolina Panthers, among others. Peter has served as Distinguished Visiting Practitioner at Case Western Reserve University School of Law and as Executive in Residence at Cleveland Marshall College of Law from 2011 to the present. In that dual role, he is Co-Director of the Great Lakes Summer Sports and Entertainment Law Academy, a Joint Program sponsored by Case Western Reserve and Cleveland State University Law Schools. Peter also serves as a Visiting Lecturer in Sports Law at the University of Miami and Ave Maria School of Law where he serves on the Board of Governors. Peter currently serves on the Midwest Region/Chicago-based Selection Committee for the Rhodes Scholarship, as well as on the Board of the Sports Legacy Institute and the Ladies Professional Golf Association. Peter is also a former Elected Director of the Harvard Alumni Association and the Association of American Rhodes Scholars. He has served the HAA as a Member of the Nominating Committee for the Harvard University Board of Overseers.

Honors and Professional Affiliations

  • Harvard Alumni Association (current Member of Nominating Committee for Harvard University Board of Overseers; past elected Director of the HAA Worldwide Executive Board)
  • Association of American Rhodes Scholars (current member of the Ohio Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee; past elected Director of the National AARS Board)
  • Magis, LLC (Board Chair of privately-owned investment company, including family ownership of Lake County Captains (Cleveland Indians Class A Affiliate)
  • United Way of Lake County (2006 Campaign Chair)
  • Diocese of Cleveland Finance Council (past Board Chair)
  • St Ignatius High School (Cleveland, OH) (past Board Chair)
  • Sports Legacy Institute (2009 to present)
  • LPGA Board of Directors (2010 to present)

Key Works

  • Publications
  • Author of “Representing the Professional Athlete” (West Law Textbook, 2009)


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