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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.


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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February 23, 2017

Trump Administration Rescinds Guidance on Transgender Rights under Title IX

February 23, 2017

The Trump Administration has announced that the Department of Education (DOE) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) rescinded the Obama Administration’s May 2016 Dear Colleague Letter directing that schools “treat a student’s gender identity as the student’s sex for purposes of Title IX and its implementing... Read More

February 9, 2017

What to Expect under Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos

February 9, 2017

After an unusually contentious Senate confirmation process, Betsy DeVos was confirmed as U.S. Secretary of Education on February 7, 2017. DeVos has a record of promoting charter schools and school vouchers at the K-12 level, but little is known about her priorities for higher education. Her prepared comments and responses during her... Read More

February 2, 2017

NLRB General Counsel Concludes Division I Scholarship Football Players are Employees under Labor Law

February 2, 2017

Scholarship football players in Division I FBS private sector colleges and universities are employees under the National Labor Relations Act, National Labor Relations Board General Counsel Richard F. Griffin has concluded. Accordingly, he explained, the players have all of the rights and protections available to employees under the Act... Read More

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February 26, 2017
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Gregg Clifton Discusses the Dellin Betances Arbitration Battle

February 26, 2017

Gregg Clifton discusses the New York Yankees' Dellin Betances salary arbitration battle on WFAN-AM's Talking Baseball. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

February 18, 2017
New York Post

Jackson Lewis’ Role in NY Yankees Arbitration Win Spotlighted

February 18, 2017

Jackson Lewis is spotlighted in the New York Yankees’ recent arbitration win in "Dellin Betances threatens innings limit after Yankees prez ‘trashes’ him," published by the New York Post.  Subscription may be required to view article Read More

February 7, 2017
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Paul DeCamp Comments on Scholarship Antitrust Case

February 7, 2017

Paul DeCamp comments on NCAA scholarship antitrust lawsuit in "NCAA Agrees to $209M Settlement in Scholarship Antitrust Case," published by Bloomberg BNA. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

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The Browns Employ Creative Use of NFL Salary Cap Structure For Future Success
March 22, 2017

In a league well known for the copycat tendencies among its franchises, the Cleveland Browns may have set a new National Football League (NFL) standard for evaluating and completing trades. After flirting with a 0-16 season in 2016, the Browns entered the offseason with a record $100+ million in cap space. Read More

Judge Recertifies MLB Minor League Collective and Class Action
March 21, 2017

Federal Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Spero struck a blow to MLB when he reversed course on his earlier decision and recertified a minor league collective and class action against MLB. In July 2016, the court decertified the minor league collective and class action in Senne, et al. v. Read More

Texas Spotlights Transgender Athlete Issues as Bill Progresses in Legislature
March 16, 2017

The Texas University Interscholastic League’s constitution requires that student-athletes compete according to the gender on their birth certificate. In February, a 17-year-old transgender male was required to wrestle against females, despite his preference to compete in the boys’ league. Read More