Associate General Counsel at United Soccer League

United Soccer League

Full-Time

Mid Level

Tampa, FL, USA

Not defined

27 May → 26 Jun

Job Description

Reporting to the General Counsel, the Associate General Counsel plays an essential role in mitigating risk and providing legal counsel across this fast-paced and rapidly growing organization, including across all of its leagues and properties. As one member of a two lawyer team, the ideal candidate will be ready to hit the ground running on day one, assisting in all aspects of the legal function, including transactional, regulatory, compliance and advising, and occasional oversight of outside counsel for litigation matters.

Job Responsibilities

  • Draft and negotiate franchise agreements across USL Championship, USL League One, and USL League Two;
  • Assist with franchise regulation compliance, including by filing Franchise Disclosure Documents and communicating with state regulators;
  • Handle complex commercial and media transactions, including multi-year broadcast and production contracts, commercial product licensing agreements, and sponsorship agreements;
  • Regularly provide best practices and advice to USL and to USL’s teams on a wide array of legal issues;
  • Handle employment law issues as they arise and assist clubs with best practices regarding the same;
  • Conduct due diligence of ownership groups, including by vetting operating agreements and financial statements;
  • Assist collective bargaining agreement negotiations with the USL Players Association for both USL Championship and USL League One;
  • With the assistance of outside counsel, counsel the league office and provide best practices to clubs regarding labor law issues, particularly as they relate to the sports industry;
  • Facilitate annual USSF application, which requires the collection and analysis of a variety of information from each professional club to determine compliance with the USSF’s Professional League Standards;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Requirements / Qualifications

  • Law degree and bar admission required

  • 5+ years of corporate/transactional law firm or in-house experience

  • Sports law, franchise law and labor law experience highly preferred

  • Franchise and sports industry experience highly preferred but not required

  • Excellent written and oral business communication skills

  • Strong contract drafting, negotiating and issue-spotting skills

  • Ability to make timely, nuanced recommendations for business decisions based on reasoned legal analysis and the strategic objectives of the organization

  • Ability to work on multiple projects and engage with multiple stakeholders in a challenging and fast-paced environment

  • High level of commitment to quality work product and organizational ethics and integrity

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills to effectively interact with team members, executives, member clubs, and external partners

  • Ability to work independently in a multi-faceted, fast, fluid, and deadline-driven environment

  • Positive attitude and strong work ethic a must

  • Ability to work as business needs require which may include long days, evenings, weekends, occasional holidays, and travel if / when necessary

  • Must have U.S. work authorization

Benefits/What We offer

  • Comprehensive Benefits Package

  • Medical, Dental & Vision Insurance

  • Health HSA and FSA

  • 401k

  • Corporate Discounts

  • Paid Vacation, Holiday & Sick Days

  • Business Casual Dress

How To Apply

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