Collegiate Sports – Representation For Colleges, Universities, Conferences and Governing Bodies

The stakes in collegiate sports, both on and off the field, have never been higher.  In addition, the number of legal issues arising from the sponsorship and governance of collegiate sports teams is growing at a rapid pace.  These two factors make it imperative that universities, conferences, and governing bodies have experienced outside counsel that not only understand the legal and compliance issues present in today’s college sports environment and the unique characteristics of collegiate sports, but also have experience in resolving high-stakes disputes.

Kennyhertz Perry’s collegiate sports attorneys are ideally suited for this role.  They have represented universities, conferences, and governing bodies in a wide variety of high-profile litigation and transactional matters.  These matters have included, among others, challenges to the legality of NCAA bylaws, assistance with conference realignment matters, negotiation and litigation relating to conference broadcast agreements, resolution of intellectual property issues, drafting and negotiating sponsorship contracts and license agreements, assisting with objections to open records requests, Title IX analysis, and concussion litigation. 

The firm’s lawyers also have experience working as government attorneys and compliance officers for highly regulated industries.  As a result of this experience, Kennyhertz Perry’s college sports lawyers have a rare combination of extensive experience working on collegiate sports law matters and the investigatory, compliance, and advocacy skills that are currently necessary for the successful representation of the organizations involved in college sports today.

Further distinguishing Kennyhertz Perry’s college sports attorneys from other outside counsel is the presence of attorney Mit Winter, a former Division I basketball player who has assisted numerous collegiate sports organizations with their legal issues.  Mit Winter played basketball at The College of William & Mary and has represented organizations such as the NCAA, the Big 12 Conference, Conference USA, and universities in collegiate sports law matters. Mit is regarded as an expert in collegiate sports law and frequently writes on legal issues that apply to college sports.

Mit is also the founder and chairman of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association’s Sports and Entertainment Law Committee and serves as Regional Captain in the states of Kansas and Missouri for the Sports Lawyers Association’s (“SLA”) Outreach Committee.

Services available

  • NCAA and NAIA Regulatory Compliance
  • NCAA Investigations
  • NCAA Enforcement
  • NCAA and NAIA Related Sports Litigation Matters
  • NCAA Rules Infractions Cases
  • Representation before the NCAA Committee on Infractions and NCAA Infractions Appeals Committee
  • NCAA Investigations
  • Counsel on name, image, and likeness laws and regulations
  • Title IX Compliance
  • Head Coach Responsibility Obligations
  • “For Cause” Termination: Investigatory and Due Process Considerations
  • Effective Compliance with Athlete-Agent Laws and Regulations
  • Grievance Advice and Arbitration
  • Day-to-Day Advice and Counsel
  • Contract and Compensation Matters
  • Legal Planning and Risk Management in the Drafting and Amendment of Coach and Athletics Administration Personnel Employment Contracts
  • Sponsorship Agreements and Contracts
  • Merchandise Licensing Agreements and Contracts
  • Conference Broadcast Agreements
  • Multi-Media Negotiation
  • Wage and Hour Issues
  • Drug Testing Policies and Procedures
  • Safety and Health
  • Student Athlete Concussion Litigation
  • Challenges to the Legality of NCAA Bylaws 
  • Conference Realignment
  • Intellectual Property Issue Resolution
  • Objections to Open Records Requests
  • Crisis Management
  • NCAA Legislation and Policy Considerations

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