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Intercollegiate Athletic Counseling and Investigations

Key Facts

  • We have advised over 200 academic institutions on employment and executive compensation arrangements.
  • We have conducted internal investigations regarding extensive allegations of NCAA violations.
  • We advise colleges on Title IX compliance, employment contracts, and policies for athletics personnel.

The Situation

Mintz represents athletic conferences and universities in sports-related matters, including internal investigations, management of high-profile crises involving federal agencies, contract terms for coaches and conference executives, governance and compliance issues, and employment matters generally.

The Approach

These representations include high-profile matters that have been subject to the NCAA Committee on Infractions, the Office of Civil Rights, and the Department of Education. The scope of these representations extends from one of the five so-called autonomy (Power 5) conferences to advising universities ranging from those in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC). A number of these matters involved highly sensitive allegations subject to national public scrutiny in which we advised to top levels of the academic enterprise, including the board of trustees. We have advised on employment and executive compensation arrangements involving over 200 academic institutions, conducted internal investigations regarding comprehensive allegations of legal and NCAA violations, and represented numerous universities in preparation of contracts and policies for athletics personnel.

The Outcome

Attorneys from our interdisciplinary Sports Law Practice continue to provide first-rate advice and counsel to numerous colleges and universities on a wide variety of matters from internal investigations to employment contracts.