John T. Cooper is an adjunct professor at Georgia State University College of Law, where he teaches Sports Law. Cooper earned his law
degree from Indiana University (Bloomington) in 1992, graduating magna cum laude, and his undergraduate degree in industrial management with a minor in industrial engineering from Purdue University in 1989.
Cooper serves as senior vice president and associate general counsel for Turner Broadcasting System Inc. In this capacity, he manages all
legal matters for Turner Entertainment Networks, including TBS, TNT, truTV and Turner Classic Movies, and Turner Sports, including all of Turner’s television sports programming (e.g., NBA on TNT, MLB, on TBS) and sports digital properties (e.g., NBA Digital, PGA.Com). Cooper also manages Turner’s corporate legal matters, including mergers and acquisitions, digital distribution and transactions, and rights and policy matters, and oversee the administration and operations of the Turner legal department.
He previously served as team counsel to the Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Hawks and the Atlanta Thrashers, and chief counsel to the Goodwill Games and to World Championship Wrestling. Prior to joining Turner Entertainment Group in 1996, Cooper served as an associate at Troutman Sanders law firm in Atlanta. He is member of the American Bar Association, the Georgia State Bar and the Sports Lawyers