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terps8787
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Front Office Jobs in NFL, NBA, NHL, or MLB

Postby terps8787 » Sat Oct 26, 2013 9:46 pm

I'm a 1L at a T14 law school. I've become increasingly interested in the thought of working in the front office for a professional sports team. Does anyone have any experience and/or advice on how to go about doing this? As is probably obvious, I would be interested in legal jobs, or at least jobs that would require me to draw on my legal background. Thanks.

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Re: Front Office Jobs in NFL, NBA, NHL, or MLB

Postby sopranorleone » Sat Oct 26, 2013 9:53 pm

A lot of GMs started out as scouts within the organization and worked their way up the ranks. I think if you wanted to be a general counsel for a team, you'd have to work for their law firm first and make contacts at the team. And have partners go to bat for you if a general counsel spot opens up

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Postby luckyjd » Sat Oct 26, 2013 10:31 pm

One of the career panels at school had a guy who's counsel for a major baseball or football team (I forget which). He said he got the job by busting his ass networking and offering to intern for the league while in law school. That turned into a full-time offer. Probably a unique thing. I think he said they had a team of like 4-5 lawyers.

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Postby ph14 » Sat Oct 26, 2013 11:56 pm

terps8787 wrote:I'm a 1L at a T14 law school. I've become increasingly interested in the thought of working in the front office for a professional sports team. Does anyone have any experience and/or advice on how to go about doing this? As is probably obvious, I would be interested in legal jobs, or at least jobs that would require me to draw on my legal background. Thanks.


Does your school have a sports class or clinic? At my school we have a sports class, as well as the ability to do a clinical placement of some sort with a local sports team. You should look into it at your school. If not, see if you can create some sort of independent study/externship type program where you can work with a sports team and at least get your foot in the door.

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Re: Front Office Jobs in NFL, NBA, NHL, or MLB

Postby ZeffKay » Sun Oct 27, 2013 11:44 am

If you want Operations side:

Network your butt off. Do everything you can to get that first team name on your resume. Then kill it there and hope your good name travels to another opportunity. This route requires less grade emphasis and less legal skills.

If you want legal side:

Network your butt off. Get good grades. Get best firm job you can. Keep networking. Cross your fingers that you are on a list when a job opens up and be ready to move in a week.


You need to decide ASAP which path you want. 1L grades may decide for you, but don't wait until this Spring to start networking and sticking your neck out.

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Re: Front Office Jobs in NFL, NBA, NHL, or MLB

Postby paintbynumbers » Sun Oct 27, 2013 11:57 am

See: Howie Roseman (Eagles GM). Did it the way most would have to do it.

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Postby ZeffKay » Sun Oct 27, 2013 12:17 pm

paintbynumbers wrote:See: Howie Roseman (Eagles GM). Did it the way most would have to do it.



Sticking with the Eagles... See Aileen Daly for the law firm route.

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Postby Devlin » Sun Oct 27, 2013 12:25 pm

ZeffKay wrote:If you want Operations side:

Network your butt off. Do everything you can to get that first team name on your resume. Then kill it there and hope your good name travels to another opportunity. This route requires less grade emphasis and less legal skills.

If you want legal side:

Network your butt off. Get good grades. Get best firm job you can. Keep networking. Cross your fingers that you are on a list when a job opens up and be ready to move in a week.


You need to decide ASAP which path you want. 1L grades may decide for you, but don't wait until this Spring to start networking and sticking your neck out.


Or do both at the same time. These are not mutually exclusive options.

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Postby Liam » Sun Oct 27, 2013 12:39 pm

The NFL advertised legal internships last spring for 1L's. Keep an eye out for that.

Proskauer has a remarkably prominent sports business practice, so definitely bid on them when your OCI rolls around. However, I've been told that they don't particularly care for people who only bid on them for that reason, so find some other practice areas they are in that you can talk up.

Most importantly, though, do what other posters have said: network like crazy and get great grades. If you're good they'll take you—DeMaurice Smith was a former AUSA with no labor relations experience when the NFLPA selected him to head it up, but he's a damn good lawyer so they went with him.

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Re: Front Office Jobs in NFL, NBA, NHL, or MLB

Postby Devlin » Sun Oct 27, 2013 4:34 pm

Baker Hostetler does work for the MLB. They actually drew up the American League charter a looong time ago.

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Re: Front Office Jobs in NFL, NBA, NHL, or MLB

Postby kalvano » Sun Oct 27, 2013 4:49 pm

I believe Proskauer is the NHL's firm of choice.

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Re: Front Office Jobs in NFL, NBA, NHL, or MLB

Postby BuckinghamB » Sun Oct 27, 2013 5:22 pm

I've heard Foley and Lardner is big in the MLB, too.
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Re: Front Office Jobs in NFL, NBA, NHL, or MLB

Postby sopranorleone » Sun Oct 27, 2013 5:30 pm

kalvano wrote:I believe Proskauer is the NHL's firm of choice.


Same for the NBA. The Commissioners of the NBA and NHL both used to work there

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Postby Anonymous User » Sun Oct 27, 2013 6:15 pm

Basically get a job at Proskauer. They handle tons of sports deals (e.g., Panthers sale, formation of BigEast, media deals for pac-12, etc. etc.) I'm not in the industry, but from what I've heard and seen regarding sport's deals, they're usually involved.

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Re: Front Office Jobs in NFL, NBA, NHL, or MLB

Postby VulcanVulcanVulcan » Sun Oct 27, 2013 7:41 pm

sopranorleone wrote:
kalvano wrote:I believe Proskauer is the NHL's firm of choice.


Same for the NBA. The Commissioners of the NBA and NHL both used to work there


FWIW, Adam Silver worked at Cravath.

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Postby Anonymous User » Sun Oct 27, 2013 11:29 pm

I have a friend who works for an NHL team. He started out at a firm that provides services for that team, got staffed on a project and got to know people in the org. They all used to play hockey together during the day (he has a photo of him hauling down the GM in front of the net), eventually they hired him.

It will be very difficult if you do not know people in the team. The competition for whatever public jobs they post is insane.




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