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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

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

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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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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

January 7, 2019

2019: The Year Ahead for Employers

January 7, 2019

Over the past year, state and local governments responded in a variety of ways to national policy, and the midterm elections painted a picture of what’s in store for employers in 2019 and beyond. Jackson Lewis’ annual report outlines upcoming issues, trends, legislation and regulations employers need to be aware of in the coming year... 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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State Legislators React to Proposed Federal Title IX Regulations with State Law Proposals
February 5, 2019

While colleges, 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 man Read More

By Gregg E. Clifton, John G. Long, Susan D. Friedfel and Monica H. Kheterpal

Super Bowl Sunday Considerations Following the Murphy Decision?
January 31, 2019

Millions of Americans will tune in on Sunday, February 3rd to the Super Bowl to watch one of the biggest sporting events of the year. This year’s game will again feature the New England Patriots, but it will be the first Super Bowl since the Supreme Court’s landmark case Murphy v. Read More

By Gregg E. Clifton and Thomas Petriccione

New Legislation Proposed In The State of Washington Pushes For Student-Athlete Compensation In Defiance of NCAA Bylaws
January 10, 2019

As colleges and universities and student athletes await the long anticipated decision from U.S. District Court Judge Claudia Wilken in Alston v. Read More