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Success is a Choice

Feb 13, 2020

This is a replay of one of our more popular episodes (#47 with Alicia Jessop). Alicia recently gained a great deal of attention when her $22 Maine lobster roll was stolen out of her hand by a seagull. It was all caught on camera and the photobombing seagull became one of CNN's best pictures of 2019.

Below are the original show notes from Alicia's episode...

Alicia Jessop is a much sought after expert in the sports business industry. She is the founder of and a sports law professor at Pepperdine University. Her expertise lies at the intersections of sports, business and the law. With a law degree from Chapman University School of Law, cum laude, with an emphasis on entertainment law and a bachelor’s of science from the Colorado School of Mines in economics, Alicia’s educational background provided her with the tools necessary to analyze some of the most pressing and complex issues facing the sports world today. This background has allowed Alicia to become a sports contributor to and The Huffington Post, after launching the widely read sports law website, Through covering sports on a national level, Alicia received opportunities to visit and speak with students at universities across the country. Through these opportunities, Alicia realized that her passion was teaching others about sports, business and the law. In August 2013, Alicia became a professor at the University of Miami, teaching Legal Aspects of Sport and Sport Governance. She moved on to Pepperdine University at the start of the 2017-18 school year. Alicia is an attorney licensed to practice law in California and Colorado.

In today’s episode, we discuss:

  • How she went from a practicing lawyer to a sports expert in one day.
  • Some of the positive things going on in sports
  • The work that she is doing for orphans in Haiti
  • Why she left “The U” for Pepperdine University

Books, Resources, and Links Mentioned in the Podcast

Follow Alicia on Twitter: @RulingSports

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Alicia now works with the to help break the orphan cycle in Haiti.

Find Alicia’s Huffington Post articles at

Alicia Recommends the Following Books …

Alicia likes to listen to NPR’s How I Built This and The Robcast with Rob Bell.

Alicia appeared on the All-Star Leader Podcast with Daniel Hare (who appeared in episode 037). You can listen to her great interview by clicking here.

Melvin Gordon had a Christmas event where he assembled bikes. Read Alicia’s story by clicking here.

Goal Five (and Julie Foudy) is trying to change the paradigm of women’s soccer through apparel. Read Alicia’s story by clicking here.

She started her work in Haiti with orphans after meeting NFL player David Nelson, who founded

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

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