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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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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

December 9, 2016

Seventh Circuit Confirms Student-Athletes Not Entitled to Minimum Wage under FLSA

December 9, 2016

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has affirmed U.S. District Judge William T. Lawrence’s dismissal of the student-athlete litigation against the NCAA and over 120 NCAA Division I member schools alleging that student-athletes are employees who are entitled to a minimum wage under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Berger... Read More

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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

January 5, 2017
Law 360

Paul DeCamp Comments on Seventh Circuit Refusing to Overturn Student-Athletes As Employees Ruling

January 5, 2017

Paul DeCamp comments on the Seventh Circuit refusing to overturn ruling that University of Pennsylvania student-athletes cannot be considered employees based on their college sports participation in "7th Circ. Won't Rethink Penn Athletes-Not-Employees Ruling," published by Law 360. Read More

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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. Read More

Update: Minnesota Football Team Ends Bowl Boycott
December 18, 2016

The University of Minnesota football team ended their boycott of the Holiday Bowl after attempting to overturn the suspension of 10 players for alleged acts of sexual assault and agreed to participate in the upcoming December 27th game against Washington State University. Read More

Players To Boycott Football Activities, Bowl Game, Over Suspensions Of Teammates
December 17, 2016

University of Minnesota football players announced on December 15 that they are boycotting all football activities, including their December 27 Holiday Bowl game against the Washington State Cougars, to protest the University’s decision to suspend 10 teammates over a sexual assault allegation, according to the Minnesota Star Tribune. Read More