The Uncanny Sports Attorney

Namal Amaraweera

New attorneys who aspire to work in sports law often become engrossed in achieving that goal. For any sports fan, the allure of working in this field and being so closely aligned with a professional sports franchise or league make the sports law field highly desirable. What we sometimes overlook is what the position entails. Only two years into my legal career, I am (somehow) a sports lawyer. No, not as general counsel of an NBA team or in the legal department of the NFL. I am an attorney for a small, semi-professional basketball team in Chicago. The problems I encounter are quite standard in the legal industry; however the setting—working for a sports franchise—is what makes the position unique and gratifying.

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