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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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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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Pay Equity is “Comp”licated: New Laws, New Reporting, & How to Protect your Organization

April 27, 2016 - 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
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June 5, 2018

The Wait is Over for Legalized Sports Gambling in New York

June 5, 2018

A provision in New York’s 2013 Racing, Pari-Mutuel Wagering and Breeding Law authorizing casinos to take bets on sporting events had been held in suspension because of the federal ban on state-regulated sports wagering. Now, as a result of the U.S. Supreme Court’s striking down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (... Read More

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

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June 3, 2018
USA Today

Gregg Clifton Comments on Justus Sheffield's Battle Against A Florida-Based Sports Agent

June 3, 2018

Gregg Clifton comments on implications of Justus Sheffield's ongoing dispute with his former agent regarding financial agreements for services in "Why a baseball agent is leaving the industry over $33,000: 'Tired of swimming in a sewer,'" published by USA Today. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

February 17, 2018
The Boston Globe

Gregg Clifton Spotlighted for Marlins Arbitration Win

February 17, 2018

Gregg Clifton is spotlighted for the Marlins winning their arbitration hearing over right-hander Dan Straily in "Managerial rankings start with Astros’ A.J. Hinch," published by The Boston Globe. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

January 15, 2018
Sportsnet

Paul Kelly is Spotlighted for his Role in the Defense of Former NHL Player Kevin Stevens

January 15, 2018

Paul Kelly is spotlighted for his role as legal counsel for former NHL player Kevin Stevens in "What it Takes," published by Sportsnet. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

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New NCAA ‘Notice to Transfer’ Model Replaces Controversial Permission to Contact Rule
June 18, 2018

The NCAA Division I counsel has acted to formally adopt the highly anticipated proposal that modifies the requirements for an athlete to transfer and to eliminate the NCAA “Permission to Contact” process for Division I athletes. Read More

New Jersey Considers First State Sports Gambling Law Following Supreme Court Decision
May 24, 2018

New Jersey is considering a bill that would establish the framework of operation and regulation for wagering at casinos and racetracks on the results of certain professional, collegiate sports, or athletic events. Read More

Supreme Court Strikes Down Law Banning States from Legalizing Sports Gambling
May 14, 2018

The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down the federal law known as the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) that bans states from permitting gambling on sporting events. Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Assn., No. 16-476 (May 14, 2018). Read More