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Collegiate and Professional Sports

Many of the issues faced on and off the field in the sports world mirror workplace law challenges faced by employers from all industries.

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Comprised of attorneys with deep, practical experience in the sports world, our Collegiate and Professional Sports Practice Group is uniquely situated to serve the diverse needs of collegiate and professional sports entities. Our attorneys have a profound understanding of the issues affecting the realm of sports and athlete management.

At the collegiate level, we are regularly retained to conduct investigations into alleged infractions of NCAA rules, and to represent universities before the NCAA Committee on Infractions and NCAA Infractions Appeals Committee. We advise college and university clients on compliance with the growing number of NCAA and NAIA rules and guide institutions through increasingly complex regulations governing collegiate sports. We have vast experience advising institutions on Title IX and civil rights laws, representing colleges and universities at every stage of the compliance process, including audits, civil rights reviews and government investigations.

At the professional level, our attorneys provide valuable counsel to sports franchises during acquisitions, in times of crisis and throughout the life of a franchise. We also counsel agents and sports agencies on the current regulatory and enforcement environment, including the myriad of state licensing and sports union certification requirements. While our priority is litigation avoidance, where prevention is not enough, our attorneys vigorously defend clients in cases of alleged non-compliance, player association investigations and in numerous areas of civil litigation.

With the growing number of foreign athletes throughout the collegiate and professional ranks, our firm can provide assistance in sports-related global immigration matters. Whether it is guiding teams, coaches, managers or players through the immigration process or developing strategies to overcome potential immigration barriers, we provide timely, cost-effective solutions that help meet organizational needs.

Our Collegiate and Professional Sports Practice Group can assist in all the following areas:

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September 22, 2017

Education Department Rescinds Obama-Era Guidance on Campus Sexual Assault Investigations, Issues Interim Guidance

September 22, 2017

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos on September 22, 2017, released Title IX interim guidance, while rescinding Obama-era policies, for handling sexual assault cases on college campuses . Specifically, the Department of Education withdrew the “statements of policy and guidance” contained within the April 4, 2011, “Dear Colleague Letter... Read More

September 7, 2017

Plans to ‘Reframe’ Title IX Enforcement Announced

September 7, 2017

The Trump Administration believes that Obama-era guidance regarding sexual assault on college campuses created a “failed system” that was a “disservice to everyone involved,” Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said on September 7, 2017. According to DeVos, “There must be a better way forward.” Enacted in 1972, Title IX is a... Read More

August 16, 2017

Affirmative Action in College Admissions to Become a Justice Department Priority?

August 16, 2017

The Trump Administration is preparing to focus on affirmative action in college admissions, according to The New York Times, which reportedly obtained an internal announcement to the Department of Justice (DOJ) Civil Rights Division (CRD). The announcement, The Times said, directs the Division to redirect resources to investigate and... Read More

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August 31, 2017
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Jackson Lewis’ Collegiate Sports and Higher Education Practice Groups Offer Customized Training Programs to Satisfy the NCAA’s New Sexual Assault Training Policy

August 31, 2017

The NCAA Board of Governors has released a new policy governing institutional obligations to educate student-athletes and staff on sexual violence response and prevention. Under the new policy, all colleges and universities must conduct annual education and training for student-athletes and athletics department employees. The NCAA is... Read More

June 15, 2017
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Paul Kelly Comments on Implications of Riot Games Announcing Formation of Players' Association

June 15, 2017

Paul Kelly comments on implications of Riot Games starting the League of Legends players' association in "Riot's players' association lays groundwork for unionization," published by ESPN. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

June 15, 2017
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Gene Marsh Comments on NCAA’s Enforcement Group and Committee on Infractions

June 15, 2017

Gene Marsh comments on cases in Louisville, Ole Miss and North Carolina as they offer critical tests for the NCAA’s enforcement group and Committee on Infractions in "Louisville's sanctions bear close scrutiny at Ole Miss, North Carolina," Published by Sports Illustrated.  Subscription may be required to view article Read More

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NLRB Finds Sports Team’s Electronic-Content Workers As Employees Eligible To Unionize
August 24, 2017

The National Labor Relations Board has found the individuals who produce electronic content for viewing during professional basketball games are employees, rather than independent contractors. Minnesota Timberwolves Basketball, LP, 365 NLRB No. 124 (2017). Read More

Eight United States Senators Implore NCAA to Adopt ‘Uniform Policy’ on Sexual Assault
August 16, 2017

On the heels of the NCAA’s Board of Governor’s recent policy announcement requiring college coaches, athletics administrators and student-athletes to be educated in sexual violence prevention, eight United States Senators have forwarded a letter to the NCAA’s Commission to Combat Campus Sexual Violence. Read More

New Sexual Violence Prevention Education Policy Adopted by National Collegiate Athletic Association
August 14, 2017

Coaches, athletics administrators, and student-athletes must be educated in sexual violence prevention under a policy adopted by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Board of Governors on August 8, 2017. Read More