Eldon L. Ham
First attorney to challenge, overturn, and
change NFL drug testing policy.
Richard Dent v. NFL, 1988

Sports, Publishing, and Entertainment

Eldon L. Ham is a member of the faculty at IIT/Chicago-Kent College of Law where he has taught Sports, Law & Society since 1994 and won the Distinguished Service Award in 2010. He is a frequent contributor to the Chicago Sun-Times, is the designated legal analyst for WSCR Sports Radio in Chicago, and is the author of five books on topics of sports history. His latest release is All the Babe's Men: Baseball's Greatest Home Run Seasons and How They Changed America (Potomac Books), the Bronze Medal winner in the National Ippy Awards, Sports Category. His prior release was a 2012 sports finalist for the ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards, Broadcasting Baseball: A History of the National Pastime on Radio and Television (McFarland). He has been nationally quoted in such venues as the New York Times, USA Today, Business Week, ESPN.com, Washington Post, and many more. His articles have been published by the New York Times, Harvard University Sports Law Journal, Berkeley Journal of Entertainment and Sports Law, American Bar Journal, Street & Smith Sports Business Journal, Chicago Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer, Baltimore Sun, St. Louis Post Dispatch, Cincinnati Enquirer, Trial Magazine, Seton Hall Sports Law Journal, Marquette Sports Law Review, and others.

Sports Legal Analyst, WSCR 670 Sports Radio, Chicago

WSCR's "Ham on 5" introduction

IIT/Chicago-Kent College of Law

  • Adjunct Professor of Sports Law since 1994.
  • League Authority and Drug Testing.
  • Sports Agents, Labor, and Antitrust.
  • Disabilities, Discrimination, and Title IX.

Retained Expert regarding

  • NBA sports endorsement contract is not marital property.
  • Shoulder injury damages calculation for left-handed pitcher.
  • LeBron James trademark dispute over KING JAMES mark: See Report on behalf of LeBron James filed with the Trademark Trial and Appeals Board.

Key Sports Related Cases

  • Richard Dent v. NFL: drug policy/league authority.
  • Knapp v. Northwestern University: athlete disability.
  • Zucker, et al, v. American Greetings: trade secrets.


  • Publishing & Entertainment.
  • Sports Marketing.
  • Athlete eligibility, injuries, disability.
  • Trademarks & Trade names.