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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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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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October 3, 2017
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University of Arizona President Discusses Retaining Jackson Lewis in Response to Basketball Investigation

October 3, 2017

University of Arizona President discusses retaining Jackson Lewis to help the university in the wake of the DOJ's investigation of college Basketball and potential NCAA issues in "Arizona’s Miller breaks silence following FBI probe," published by Fox Sports. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

October 3, 2017

University of Arizona President Issues a Statement on Retaining Jackson Lewis

October 3, 2017

University of Arizona President issues a statement on basketball investigation and retaining Jackson Lewis as outside counsel to assist the institution with the Department of Justice's criminal investigation, as well as with potential NCAA matters in "UA President's Statement on Basketball Investigation," published by UANews.... Read More

September 26, 2017
The New York Times

Gene Marsh Comments on the N.C.A.A.’s Case Against the University of North Carolina

September 26, 2017

Gene Marsh comments on the University of North Carolina awaiting possible penalties from the N.C.A.A. over accusations of academic fraud in "North Carolina Looking to Slip Through Hole in N.C.A.A. Rules," published by The New York Times. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

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Can NFL Players be Fired, Disciplined for Protesting During National Anthem?
September 25, 2017

President Donald Trump has suggested that the National Football League’s television ratings decline was caused by “fans seeing those people (players) taking the knee when they’re playing our great national anthem.” Trump has urged fans to “leave the stadium” when players kneel during the national anthem and suggested that NFL team owne Read More

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