Associate Counsel, Player Matters

New York, NY
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New York, New York, US, 10022

At the NBA, we’re passionate about growing and celebrating the game of basketball. Through the intensity of the game and the amazing athletic skill of our players, we deliver excitement to hundreds of millions of fans around the world.

As a global sports and media business, the NBA is so much more. While Basketball Operations runs the league’s on-court activities, other departments manage relationships with television and digital media partners, develop marketing partnerships with some of the world’s most recognizable companies, oversee the licensing of NBA merchandise, and handle a wide range of responsibilities that drive the NBA’s success.

Position Summary:

To assist in all matters handled by the Legal Department related to NBA players and administration of the game, including items related to:

  • Administration and enforcement of NBA rules
  • Analysis/advice regarding the Salary Cap and other facets of the NBA/NBPA Collective Bargaining Agreement
  • Management of processes related to trades
  • Free agency and other related matters
  • Collective bargaining with the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA)
  • Support of basketball operations initiatives

Major Responsibilities:

  • Assist with processes related to trades, the NBA Draft, advice regarding the NBA/NBPA Collective Bargaining Agreement, and player contract management
  • Draft memos to NBA teams regarding the Salary Cap and other player matters
  • Assist with various facets of NBA rules enforcement, including investigations and related internal and external communications
  • Support legal team on all matters related to collective bargaining
  • Provide legal support for the basketball operations department with respect to various initiatives, playing rules issues, and competitive matters
  • Provide advice and assistance with other issues related to NBA teams and players in support of the Legal Department

Required Skills/Knowledge:

  • Excellent record of academic and professional achievement
  • 2-5 years of experience at a law firm and/or in-house legal department
  • Excellent analytical, writing, and oral presentation skills
  • Organizational and project management skills necessary to support and advise legal and business units and ensure projects are completed in a timely and effective manner
  • High level of commitment to quality work product and organizational ethics, integrity, and compliance
  • Strong familiarity with NBA game, teams, and players a plus


  • Law degree and bar admission

We Consider Applicants For All Positions On The Basis Of Merit, Qualifications And Business Needs, And Without Regard To Race, Color, National Origin, Religion, Sex, Gender Identity, Age, Disability, Alienage Or Citizenship Status, Ancestry, Marital Status, Creed, Genetic Predisposition Or Carrier Status, Sexual Orientation, Veteran Status, Familial Status, Status As A Victim Of Domestic Violence Or Any Other Status Or Characteristic Protected By Applicable Federal, State, Or Local Law.

Nearest Major Market: Manhattan
Nearest Secondary Market: New York City
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