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"Professor of the pitch"

Sunil Gulati, Columbia Econ Professor and head of US Soccer, is profiled in this piece in USAToday.

There are lots of interesting facts in the story, but this one will make us sports econ bloggers envious:

In the fall, Gulati teaches a senior seminar on sports economics, which has featured guest speakers including NBA Commissioner David Stern. The class is so popular, students clamor for admission. In the school newspaper, a student chronicled how the night before registration he slept in a corridor for 13 hours to secure a spot.

He's also referred to as "the single most important person in the development of soccer in this country." I hope he succeeds.