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BESLA’s Board consists of legal professionals who work in and/or have an interest in sports, entertainment, and media.  The regionally diverse Board members are engaged in their local communities and work to develop partnerships between BESLA, industry, and the legal education community.  The Board conducts its work through committees including, but not limited to: Annual Conference, Programs, Scholarships, and Sponsorships/Fundraising.

Mason P. Ashe, Esq.

Founder & CEO of Ashe Sports & Entertainment Consulting, Inc

MASON P. ASHE, Founder & CEO of Ashe Sports & Entertainment Consulting, Inc., based in Bethesda, Maryland, has 29 years of experience as a sports and entertainment attorney, talent manager, industry advisor, and sports agent. He also teaches sports law as a member of the adjunct faculty at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and the Howard University School of Law.    Mr. Ashe has served as the lead contract negotiator, legal advisor, and brand strategist for professional athletes, financial advisors, entertainers, on-air personalities, celebrity chefs, journalists, senior leadership at publicly traded and privately owned businesses, film producers, investors in delivery mechanisms designed to commercialize talent, producers of TV and web-based reality shows, and a few pioneers of online social networking and other New Media platforms changing the way digital content is created, published, distributed, and consumed.  

Mr. Ashe earned a BA degree in Psychology from Hamilton College, and a Juris Doctor degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School.  He also completed The Procter & Gamble Distributing Company - Executive Sales Management Training Program before attending law school.

A few of Mr. Ashe’s career highlights include:

  • Certified contract advisor, brand manager, and chief legal counsel for first round draft picks, scoring leaders, all-stars, and league champions in the NBA, NFL, WNBA, Olympics, and professional basketball leagues globally; 

  • Author, Lawyers Who Connect Win the Talent Game, ABA LAW PRACTICE TODAY (January 2015);

  • Designed curricula, conducted research, and lectured on global and domestic business topics and legal issues related to sports and talent management for the benefit of wealth management executives, private equity investment firms, and students at secondary, undergraduate, graduate, and law schools;  

  • Executive Producer of unprecedented musical on ice featuring 16 figure-skaters of color at the historic Lincoln Theater (Washington, DC, 2003);

  • Listed: 101 Most Influential Minorities in Sports, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, 2003 and 2004

  • Distinguished Alumnus Award for Business, State University of New York at Buffalo Law Alumni Association (May 2016); and

  • Sports Lawyer of the Year Award, National Bar Association Annual Conference (July 2015) 

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