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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
Credits: CLE - Pending, HRCI - Pending, SHRM - Pending
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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

Credits: Continuing education credit was offered for the live broadcast of this seminar.
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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

Credits: Continuing education credit was offered for the live broadcast of this seminar.
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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

February 4, 2019

State Legislators React to Proposed Federal Title IX Regulations with State Law Proposals

February 4, 2019

While college, universities and educational professionals await the Department of Education’s (DOE) proposed new Title IX regulations, which will dictate a revised process by which allegations of sexual misconduct must be handled, the state legislatures in Missouri and Arizona are currently considering legislation that would adopt many... Read More

January 22, 2019

Remembering Dr. Bernice Sandler, Champion of Title IX

January 22, 2019

Dr. Bernice Sandler, a prominent activist for gender equality, passed away on January 5, 2019, at the age of 90. Dr. Sandler is well known for her efforts to increase gender equality in education. She was also a vital figure in the development and implementation of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Dr. Sandler began her... Read More

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April 17, 2019
CBS Sports

Gregg Clifton Comments on NCAA Transfer Rules

April 17, 2019

Gregg Clifton comments on an NCAA proposal designed to change graduate transfer scholarship rules in "Proposal Designed to Change Graduate Transfer Scholarship Rules Not Expected to Pass," published by CBS Sports. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

April 3, 2019
SNY

Gregg Clifton Comments on the Future of Free Agency in MLB

April 3, 2019

Gregg Clifton comments on the change of free agency and its implications for players, teams, and fans in "MLB sources weigh in: Is this the beginning of the end of free agency?" published by SNY. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

March 14, 2019
New York Law Journal

Gregg Clifton Discusses Implications of the NCAA Probe and Allegations Against Coaches for Possible Violations

March 14, 2019

Gregg Clifton discusses the implications of the NCAA probe and allegations against the indicted coaches for possible violations of its rules with colleges in "NCAA Opens Probe Into Indicted Coaches in College Admissions Scandal," published by New York Law Journal. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

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NCAA Considers Restrictions To Curtail Use Of Graduate Student Transfers
April 10, 2019

While the focus of the recent Men’s NCAA Basketball Championship Game between University of Virginia and Texas Tech centered around the entertaining overtime finish culminating in Virginia’s first ever basketball championship, another storyline arose involving the runner-up Red Raiders. Read More

Visas For eSports Gamers On The Rise
March 25, 2019

Professional athletes who are “internationally recognized” are eligible for the P-1 visa and eSports (video games) at the professional level have become such major athletic events that eSports players have been granted these visas more and more often. Read More

California Bill Would Allow College Athletes to Keep Amateur Status While Securing Marketing Opportunities
March 4, 2019

The opportunity for college level student-athletes in California to take advantage of potential marketing opportunities while still maintaining their amateur status could soon become a reality. Read More

By Gregg E. Clifton and Iciss R. Tillis