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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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Phoenix, AZ

Sports Lawyers Association Outreach

September 21, 2018 - 5:15 PM to 6:15 PM MST
401 East Jefferson Street - Phoenix, AZ
Credits: CLE - One (1) hour

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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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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 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

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

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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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NHL Secures Federal Court Victory As Class Action Status Denied In Concussion Case
July 13, 2018

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Seventh Circuit Upholds NCAA “Year In Residence” Requirement For Transfers
June 27, 2018

The Seventh Circuit has rejected antitrust claims filed against the NCAA by former Northern Illinois University student-athlete Peter Deppe and upheld the NCAA’s rule delaying the athletic eligibility of student-athletes who transfer to alternate schools without serving a “year in residence” at their new school before becoming eligible Read More

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