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

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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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June 3, 2019

Labor Board to Revisit Right of Graduate Students to Unionize

June 3, 2019

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has announced that it will propose rules on the standard for determining whether students who perform services at private colleges or universities in connection with their studies are “employees” within the meaning of Section 2(3) of the National Labor Relations Act (29 U.S.C. Sec. 153(3)), with... Read More

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

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April 30, 2019
Arizona Daily Star

Paul Kelly Comments on NCAA-Related Issues Stemming From Federal Investigation into College Basketball

April 30, 2019

Paul Kelly comments on University of Arizona's NCAA-related issues stemming from the federal investigation into college basketball in "Attorneys for University of Arizona watching 'every day' of federal basketball trial in person," published by Arizona Daily Star. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

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
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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

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Agents Beware: Representation Agreement May Not Be Enforceable If It Violates State Sports Agent Laws
June 16, 2019

A North Carolina law designed to protect student-athletes may determine the enforceability of Prime Sports Marketing’s contract with former Duke University star Zion Williamson. While Williamson is preparing to become a member of the New Orleans Pelicans after his name is announced as the No. Read More

UPDATE: California SB 206 – Collegiate Athletics: Fair Pay to Play Act Moves Forward
May 23, 2019

The Fair Pay to Play Act, introduced by California State Senate Majority Whip Nancy Skinner, has passed an initial hurdle toward becoming law as the California State Senate passed the proposed legislation by a 31-4 vote total. The California Assembly will now consider the measure in the near future. Read More

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