Director, Legal and Business Affairs

The XFL – Stamford, CT

About the XFL
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The new XFL will reimagine football for the 21st century when it kicks off in early 2020. Delivering authentic, high-energy football for the whole family at an affordable price, the XFL will offer fast-paced games with fewer play stoppages and simpler rules. The league will launch with eight teams in markets across the country, 45-man active rosters, and a 10-week regular season schedule with a postseason consisting of two semifinal playoff games and a championship game. The XFL is a single entity that owns the league and all teams, employing professionals at the Stamford, CT headquarters as well as in each of the markets that the teams call home.

About the Role:
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The Director, Legal & Business Affairs will work closely with the Vice President (VP), Legal & Business Affairs to facilitate the management of all phases of legal advice for the business and football operations and functions of the XFL, including negotiating and drafting agreements related to all parts of the organization. This role will also be responsible for working with the VP in counseling senior executives and internal client groups on various legal, business and risk management matters.

The successful candidate will be eager and experienced and must specifically excel in high visibility, high stress, and roll-up-your-sleeves environments. He/She will have served in a similar role within a media, sports, television production or live events company, and will also have a proven track record of skillfully navigating deals and successfully negotiating on behalf of a company.

What you will do:
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  • Work closely with VP to serve as a go-to legal service provider.
  • Draft and support execution of key agreements including player and coaching agreements, marketing partnerships, sponsorships and other sales agreements, pro-social/community service agreements, strategic digital agreements, various licensing agreements and key service provider agreements; provide strategic legal and business counsel in negotiating and structuring same.
  • Provide counsel on issues of strategic importance to the organization, and as appropriate, contribute to the corporate strategy planning process.
  • Advise the company on litigation risks of possible business decisions and manage litigation as needed.
  • Coordinate and work proactively with the company s corporate communications team to ensure that public statements made on behalf of the company accurately reflect legal exposure.
  • Support the company s extensive efforts to protect all forms of its intellectual property, including its patents, trade secrets, trademarks and copyrights; assisting in the management of the company s IP portfolio and advising on IP litigation.
  • Support the development and dissemination of policies that will ensure that the company is in compliance with all laws, regulations and rules that may apply to the company s activities; specifically working to ensure compliance with antitrust, corporate conduct, equal opportunity, environment, anti-corruption, consumer regulatory, and other laws, regulations, and rules.
  • Actively champion the company s ethics and integrity by, as much as possible, visibly and regularly educating company employees on the company s compliance policies and overseeing the company s implementation of those policies.
  • Stay abreast of market and industry trends in the various sports and entertainment sectors.
  • Manage legal processes, procedures and protocols for all functions of the organization.
  • Provide legal support to the organization s health & wellness program and medical services practices.
  • What you will bring:
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  • Experience as counsel to a company engaged in the sports, entertainment or media industries strongly desired.
  • 5+ years of related legal and business affairs experience, with increasing levels of responsibility (blend of law firm and in-house experience preferred).
  • Extensive knowledge of sports law and sports and/or entertainment transactions strongly desired.
  • Self-motivation and deal-savviness with demonstrated ability to take initiative and offer a high level of customer service.
  • Adept at working in a dynamic, fast-paced environment.
  • Creative, business-friendly approach to problem solving.
  • Strong academic credentials from an ABA accredited law school and Bar admission (Connecticut Bar a plus).
  • Excellent academic background.
  • Experience practicing with a top tier law firm.
  • Outstanding negotiating, drafting and proactive client-service/support skills and high level of comfort providing business-savvy legal counsel in an entrepreneurial environment.
  • An organizationally sophisticated self-starter able to perform duties with minimal supervision.
  • Solution-oriented approach and philosophy, exceptional written and verbal communication skills, exceptional attention to detail, sound judgment, outstanding interpersonal and analytical skills, exceptional organization and management reporting skills and the ability to handle multiple projects at one time.
  • Ability to collaborate proactively with multiple departments across the company and its multiple lines of business.
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
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    The XFL maintains a strong policy of equal opportunity in employment. It is our objective to recruit, hire, and retain the most qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic or status protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. Our equal employment philosophy applies to all aspects of employment, including recruitment, compensation, benefits, training, promotions, transfers, job benefits, and terminations.

    ** Only applicants who are legally authorized to work for The XFL will be considered. The XFL does not provide any work authorization sponsorship, or any assistance in securing, maintaining, or extending work authorization. **

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