mel Mel Brennan is formerly the Head of Special Projects for CONCACAF, the North American liaison for the E-FIFA project, and one of five North American delegates to 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan.  A graduate of McDaniel College, Mel did his doctoral work at the University of Stirling (SCOTLAND, UK), with a focus on human rights and sport, becoming Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Kinesiology at Towson University (MD, USA). There Mel engaged students on matters central to sport management, sport studies, citizen culture and governance analysis. He is co-author, with Grant Jarvie and Tony Hwang, of SPORT, REVOLUTION AND THE BEIJING OLYMPICS, from Berg/Bloomsbury (2007). He is also author of the blog THE APPRENTICE: TRAGICOMIC TIMES AMONG THE MEN RUNNING – AND RUINING – WORLD FOOTBALL. He has been interviewed by Canadian, Australian, Trinidadian, German and British media about global sport governance and corruption, appearing on BBCs Panorama program, BBC World Service’s World Football program, in the German documentary FOULSPIEL and on several other programs. Prior to this academic and nonprofit work, Mel worked in the highest levels of sport and location-based entertainment, with organizations such as FIFA, CONCACAF, the Walt Disney Company, SEGA GameWorks and several others. A lifelong student of the martial arts, Mel has also provided personal security to senior CONCACAF/FIFA officials while they attended events in North America and Asia. He lives in Baltimore with his wife and three children.



Mel makes himself available to speak at a variety of events across various media.  Please submit any requests to the LAURELOVE SPEAKERS BUREAU.  Thanks!



BBC World Service – World Football

ABC (Australia) on Warner, Blatter and FIFA

FOULSPIEL (Germany) – documentary

CBC SoccerNation (Canada) on war between Warner and Blazer

FIFA Bribe allegations on The Takeaway with John Hockenberry


Ignite Baltimore


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