There's a common attitude among lawyers that courses in law school really do nothing to prepare students for the profession. Mary-Jane Foster begs to differ. Some of the courses required at Quinnipiac School of Law have been instrumental in helping her run the Bridgeport Bluefish, a minor league baseball franchise. Quinnipiac required corporate and tax law, and thank heavens for that," said Foster, a 1995 graduate of the law school. "Those are the courses I'm using today."Two things struck me about this article. First was the fact that Foster's primary motivator to own and run the team was not vanity or the sheer love of baseball, but rather, business: "as much as I enjoy watching the Bluefish, this was never about baseball," Foster said. "It was all about economic development and bringing the community together." I suppose you could read that as some level of community-oriented altruism, but I've yet to meet a stakeholder in an economic development project that wasn't set to make out like a bandit. The taxpayers take the gambles in such schemes, not the business owners. Whatever the case, for as much as Minor League Baseball sells itself like an old-timey trip in the wayback machine, it's worth remembering that there's money in them thar bush leagues.
And there are plenty of other experiences that Foster draws on as the team's CEO, though not all of them are related to law school or even college, for that matter. The academic world doesn't necessarily prepare one for dealing with a loose skunk on the field, a broken HVAC system or a player who loses his sliding pants 50 minutes before first pitch. "Things like that happen," she said. "You never really know what the day is going to be like."
The second thing was this aside:
Foster's investment group is currently working on creating a new Atlantic LeagueWow. A real live mallpark. If anyone has any artist's renderings of the joint, I'd love to see it.
team in Yonkers, N.Y., with a 6,500 ballpark located on top of a shopping mall
in downtown Yonkers.