A Pound of Prevention: Legal Compliance and the Medical Treatment of Athletes in Professional Sports

(267 Ratings)

Produced on: March 31, 2017

Course Format On Demand Audio

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Course Description

Time 62 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

Recent reported events and legal developments reflect a rising focus on the health concerns and medical treatment of athletes in professional sports. Whether under a governing collective bargaining agreement or other potentially applicable laws or regulations, a professional sports team, mostly through its medical staff, undertakes a significant role in maintaining the health of its players and supervising their recovery from injuries. While the health of each player must be the predominant concern, legal risks lurk in myriad and often unanticipated ways, and properly understanding and addressing the risks and monitoring legal compliance have become critical aspects of team operations.

Foley & Lardner partner Jon Israel will cover current issues facing professional sports teams in relation to team medical operations and player health and treatment. Jon addresses the legal backdrop and recent developments concerning team medical operations and player care, as well as a practical approach to understanding and addressing legal compliance.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Identify stakeholders and provide general overview of team medical operations
  2. Review legal backdrop, including collective bargaining agreements and potentially applicable laws and regulatory schemes
  3. Examine recent events and legal developments concerning player health and team medical operations
  4. Identify target areas for legal compliance


Jonathan Israel

Foley & Lardner LLP

Jonathan L. Israel is a partner and an experienced sports and labor/employment attorney with Foley & Lardner LLP. He advises and litigates for clients on a wide variety of traditional labor and general employment matters. He practices in diverse industries, including professional, collegiate and Olympic sports, entertainment, media, financial services, hedge and private equity funds, transportation and retail.

Previously, Mr. Israel was assistant general counsel at the National Basketball Association, where he served as in-house counsel to the NBA and its affiliated entities and teams on labor and employment, litigation, and general corporate matters. He also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Alfred M. Wolin of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.

Areas of Concentration

  • Sports law
  • Equal employment litigation & counseling
  • Wage and hour litigation & counseling
  • Worker misclassification
  • Restrictive covenants & trade secrets
  • Traditional labor law
  • Employment contracts and separation agreements
  • Federal and state agency investigations (e.g., Department of Labor)
  • Labor and employment issues in corporate transactions
  • WARN Act
  • ERISA & employee benefits


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