Sen. Bill Bradley Talks Sports, Politics, and Business at Alumni Event in New York

Posted Tue, 11/14/2017 - 12:00

Law alumni joined a USF-wide alumni event in New York on Oct. 25 at the Bleacher Report’s headquarters to hear Sen. Bill Bradley speak about the intersection of sports, politics, and business. 

“Even though we are the University of San Francisco, we are around the nation and around the world,” said Dean John Trasviña. “This event was a way to bring our alumni back to campus, not physically, but bring them together as a community.” 

Bradley is an Olympic gold-medalist, two-time Knicks NBA champion, Rhodes Scholar, and former presidential candidate. He is currently a managing director of Allen & Company LLC. He served in the U.S. Senate from 1979-97 representing New Jersey. He has authored seven books on American politics, culture, and economy, including his latest book We Can All Do Better.  

Bradley told stories illustrating the values of integrity and discipline, from negotiating amendments on the Senate floor to convincing USSR basketball players that he spoke Russian. When asked his opinion on sports and politics colliding in today’s climate, as demonstrated by NFL and NBA players kneeling during the national anthem, he said,  “I think what is being missed in this whole thing, because it quickly polarizes, is what are young African American men trying to tell us when they do this about their lives? What are they telling us about their children’s lives? What are they telling us about their feelings of security? So we don’t listen to what their message is — we ended up condemning the action that is emblematic of something.” 

The event was sponsored by Dimensional Fund Advisors, with special thanks to Tim Kohn MBA ’04.