Sports Law

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The popularity of collegiate and professional sports has created a need among conferences, universities, teams, and individuals for legal counsel in the areas of governance, media relations,licensing, compliance, contract negotiations, litigation, and organizational and personal tax and succession planning. In the past decade, Walter |Haverfield has served as General Counsel to a NCAA Division I conference, providing legal services to the conference governing body, Commissioner and constituent members in all aspects of conference operations. Our work has also included services for several NCAA-sanctioned bowl games. Walter | Haverfield draws upon attorneys with extensive backgrounds in the sports industry to serve this niche clientele with quality,results-oriented legal representation.


The Sports Law group’s experience and services include the following:

  • Media contract negotiation for conferences and universities
  • License agreements
  • Consultation with collegiate athletic conferences and Bowl game organizations, including the negotiation and drafting of team participation contracts
  • Bowl-related media contract representation and contractual commitment with participant conferences
  • Collegiate athletic conference governance matters, including drafting and revision of by-laws and constitutions.
  • General conference organizational planning, including membership admission and withdrawal, conference compliance, and organization of conference operations
  • Personal representation of NCAA and NFL assistant football coaches and their families in areas including succession planning, retirement plan consultation, tax planning, employment contract assistance, and general legal assistance
  •  NCAA compliance representation
  • Arena and venue contract negotiation and preparation

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