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

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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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NCAA Compliance: Raising the Bar to Prevent Sexual Assault

March 14, 2018 - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM EST

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November 17, 2018

Department of Education Unveils Proposed Title IX Regulations

November 17, 2018

The Department of Education (DOE) released proposed Title IX regulations dictating the process by which colleges and universities must handle allegations of sexual misconduct on November 16, 2018. Institutions of higher education have been in limbo since September 2017, when the DOE rescinded Obama-era guidance that called for hard-... Read More

September 19, 2018

Department of Education has Drafted Long-Awaited Title IX Regulations on Sexual Misconduct

September 19, 2018

The Department of Education (DOE) reportedly has drafted proposed Title IX regulations on sexual misconduct on college and university campuses. Although the Department has yet to officially publish the proposed regulations, on August 29, 2018, The New York Times reported on the unofficial draft. The draft, which subsequently began to... Read More

June 28, 2018

U.S. Supreme Court Roundup – 2017-2018

June 28, 2018

The U.S. Supreme Court term that ended June 2018 included decisions on many topics important to workplace law, including class action waivers in employment arbitration agreements, public-sector “agency shop” arrangements, and the Fair Labor Standard Act’s “automobile dealer” overtime exemption. The Court also examined who is a “... Read More

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August 8, 2018
Sports Radio 610 AM

John Long Discusses Implications of Ohio State's Urban Meyer Investigation

August 8, 2018

John Long discusses implications of Ohio State's investigation into what football coach Urban Meyer regarding former assistant coach Zach Smith’s alleged domestic abuse in "Mike Meltser Gets Legal Insight Into Urban Meyer," published by Mad Radio Sports Radio 610 AM. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

July 18, 2018
Business Insurance

Gregg Clifton Discusses Class Action Status for NHL Concussion Lawsuit

July 18, 2018

Gregg Clifton discusses the recently denied class action status to a group of more than 100 individual players who accuse the NHL of not making them aware of the dangers of head injuries while promoting a culture of violence in "NHL concussion ruling likely means splintering of cases across jurisdictions," published by Business Insurance... Read More

June 16, 2018
New York Daily News

Gregg Clifton Comments on the Justus Sheffield Case

June 16, 2018

Gregg Clifton comments on the legal battle between the New York Yankees' Justus Sheffield and his former sports agent in "Sports agent claims Yankees prospect Justus Sheffield's family stiffed him over commission: 'It's been a nightmare,'" published by the New York Daily News. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

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New Proposed Title IX Regulations Raise Unique Institutional Concerns For Rights Of Accused
November 20, 2018

As colleges and universities review the Department of Education’s proposed new Title IX regulations revising process by which allegations of sexual misconduct must be handled, they must consider the potential impact of what appears to be clearly greater protections for those accused of sexual misconduct, including student-athletes. Read More

NLRB Avoids Question Of Whether UFC Fighters Are Union Eligible Employees…For Now!!!!
October 25, 2018

National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) Region 4 Regional Director Dennis Walsh recently dismissed Section 8(a)(1) and 8(a)(3) unfair labor practice charges filed by mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Leslie Smith against ZUFFA, LLC d/b/a Ultimate Fighting Championship (‘UFC”) alleging that her contract to fight was not renewed in retali Read More

‘One and Done’ May Soon Be DONE!
October 22, 2018

The controversial NBA rule that keeps basketball players from beginning their professional careers until they’ve completed one year of college play may soon be history. Read More