Oliver Luck, two-time Academic All-American who led West Virginia University to victory in the 1981 Peach Bowl and Hall of Fame linebacker Sam Huff will join two team owners for a discussion on “The Business of Sports” at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 4, at WVU’s Erickson Alumni Center.
The football players will join Ken Kendrick, managing general partner of the Arizona Diamondbacks, and Bob Nutting, chairman of the board and principal owner of the Pittsburgh Pirates, in the Wells Fargo Distinguished Lecture Series.
The event, sponsored by WVU’s College of Business and Economics and the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences, is free and open to the public. Kendrick, Luck and Huff are WVU alumni.
Kendrick was a charter member of the ownership group that founded the Arizona Diamondbacks. He is also heavily involved with WVU. He established a program at the College of Business and Economics for the study of free-market economics and supported construction of the Donald J. Brohard Hall of Traditions at Milan Puskar Center.
Oliver Luck is president and general manager of Major League Soccer’s Houston Dynamo. Previously, he served as CEO of the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority, an organization created to provide financing, construction and management of new stadiums for the Houston Astros (Minute Maid Park), the Houston Rockets (Toyota Center) and the Houston Texans (Reliant Stadium). During his time at WVU he was a Rhodes Scholar finalist.
Sam Huff’s NFL career began with the New York Giants in 1956. Huff is widely considered one of the best linebackers to ever play the game, and in 1960 was the subject of “The Violent World of Sam Huff,” a CBS network television special. Huff was also the first NFL player featured on the cover of Time Magazine. Huff ended his career with the Washington Redskins, and now serves as a color commentator for the Redskins Radio Network.
Bob Nutting is the sixth principal owner in the 123-year history of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Nutting is also a former president of the West Virginia Press Association and is the president and CEO of Odgen Newspapers in Wheeling.
The presentation will be also be webcast on http://webcast.wvu.edu at 6 p.m.