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Ben J. Hayes, `87, is Attorney and Class A Baseball President

Ben J. Hayes, Criminology `87, is an attorney whose practice focuses on matters involving sports and entertainment law. He also is the president of the New York – Penn League, a Class A minor league. Hayes earned his Juris Doctorate with honors from University of Florida’s College of Law in 1992 and studied political economics at UF's graduate school in 1988-89. He coached baseball at UF while attending graduate school and helped lead the Gators to their first NCAA College World Series in 1988. He played professional baseball from 1978 through 1986 with the Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals and spent 2½ years in the Major Leagues. He also is a certified dive master and CEO of SCUBAnauts International.