High-Profile Sports Litigation: Jeffrey Kessler Discusses Litigating Against the NFL, NBA and NCAA

Published by Mecklenburg County Bar


Jeffrey L. Kessler is one of the most prominent lawyers in the country regularly engaged in high-profile sports litigation. He has handled the following famous sports law cases, and will discuss antitrust theories common among them:
• Challenges to player discipline in the Bounty, Ray Rice, and Adrian Peterson matters
• Jenkins et al. v. NCAA et al. (litigation pending in the N.D.Cal., alleging collusion by the NCAA and affiliated entities to restrain competition involving compensation to college athletes)
• McNeil et al. v. NFL et al. (striking down free agency restrictions under the antitrust laws, and leading to the free agency and salary cap system)
• NBA player class actions (led to the end of the 2011 NBA lockout)
• Brady v. NFL (led to the end of the 2011 NFL lockout)
• Sprewell v. NBA (represented Latrell Sprewell and the NBA Players Association in arbitration overturning suspension and guaranteed contract termination)
• Belichick v. NFL et al. (represented NFL head coach in litigation over changing teams)
• Pro bono representation of Oscar Pistorius in obtaining the right to compete against able-bodied athletes around the world
The views and opinions are not necessarily those of the 26th Judicial District Bar.

Jeffrey L. Kessler
Mr. Kessler is a partner in Winston & Strawn LLP’s New York office, chairs the firm’s global Antitrust and Competition Law Group, and is co-chair of the Sports Law Group. He focuses his practice on all aspects of antitrust/competition, sports law, intellectual property law, and government criminal and civil investigations.

Originally Published

January 21, 2015

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  • High-Profile Sports Litigation: Jeffrey Kessler Discusses Litigating Against the NFL, NBA and NCAA (NCSB# 33): Part 1 - Video
  • High-Profile Sports Litigation: Jeffrey Kessler Discusses Litigating Against the NFL, NBA and NCAA (NCSB# 33): Part 2 - Video

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