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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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2018 NCAA Committee on Infractions Cases: A Review, Trends and What to Expect in the Year Ahead

April 24, 2019 - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM EST

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Don’t Roll the Dice – Best Practices for a New Era of Legalized Gambling

December 12, 2018 - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EST

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The NCAA Moving Forward: The Impact of the Rice Commission Report

May 8, 2018 - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM EST

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August 16, 2019

Circuit Split on Student’s Due Process Right to Cross-Examination in Title IX Matters

August 16, 2019

Constitutional due process does not mean a student accused of assault has the right to directly cross-examine his accuser in adjudications under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 at state institutions of higher education, the federal appeals court in Boston has held. Haidak v. University of Massachusetts-Amherst, No. 18-1248 (... Read More

June 3, 2019

Labor Board to Revisit Right of Graduate Students to Unionize

June 3, 2019

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has announced that it will propose rules on the standard for determining whether students who perform services at private colleges or universities in connection with their studies are “employees” within the meaning of Section 2(3) of the National Labor Relations Act (29 U.S.C. Sec. 153(3)), with... Read More

March 21, 2019

Embrace the (March) Madness at Your Workplace

March 21, 2019

With the arrival of spring comes March Madness as the top Division I men’s and women’s college basketball programs compete for the national championship. Played out over three weeks, more than 130 teams will compete for the title in two tournaments. These games are widely available on television, by computer, phone, or tablet, and can... Read More

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July 23, 2019
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Iciss Tillis Discusses Her Go-To Workout Routine as a Former Professional Athlete

July 23, 2019

Iciss Tillis discusses her go-to weekday workout routine after making the transition from professional sports to big law in "My Weekday Workout: Jackson Lewis' Iciss Tillis," published by Law.com. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

July 17, 2019
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Gregg Clifton Discusses Implications of Zion Williamson’s Lawsuit Against Prime Sports Marketing

July 17, 2019

Gregg Clifton discusses the enforceability of Prime Sports Marketing’s contract with former Duke University star Zion Williamson in "Zion Williamson and the dueling lawsuits: what’s next?" published by The Athletic. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

July 10, 2019
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Gregg Clifton Discusses Implications of California's Pay-To-Play Bill

July 10, 2019

Gregg Clifton discusses the implications of California's Pay-To-Play Bill that pushes college athlete compensation on "'California Bill Seeks 'Fair Pay to Play' for College Athletes,'" published by KQED News. Subscription may be required to listen to broadcast Read More

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NCAA Adds, Then Modifies, Certification Requirements for Agents
August 21, 2019

In 2018, in response to a federal investigation into alleged corruption, the NCAA established the Commission on College Basketball to fully examine critical aspects of Division I men’s basketball. Read More

Will Student-Athletes on F-1 Visas be Affected by the Fair Pay to Play Act ?
August 12, 2019

The Fair Pay to Play Act, California SB 206, would allow college-level student-athletes in California to market their name, image, and likeness without affecting their amateur status. How may the new law, which is in the final phases of approval, affect international student-athletes? Read More

MLB Appears Ready To Dive into Uniform Patch Advertising
July 22, 2019

After observing the success of the NBA’s uniform patch program, Major League Baseball appears ready to utilize similar uniform advertising. According to MLB’s Executive and Vice President of Business and Sales Noah Garden, the MLB is considering advertising patches for players’ uniforms. Read More