John Long | Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP
John Long is a partner in the Houston office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Labor & Employment Practice.
He has more than 10 years of experience in collegiate sports law as a former university NCAA compliance officer and private practitioner.
John’s practice is exclusively focused on counseling institutions, athletics conferences, affiliated corporations and individuals in collegiate sports law matters, including those involving NCAA infractions, NCAA compliance and Title IX. He conducts investigations, provides advice and counsel, and he appears before NCAA committees on behalf of his clients. John has vast experience representing institutions in cases before the NCAA Committee on Infractions, Infractions Appeals Committee and NCAA Committee on Academics. Additionally, he is deeply experienced in providing advice and counsel to institutions and affiliates regarding legislative relief waivers, the NCAA Academic Performance Program, Gender Equity concerns and in conducting compliance reviews.
John is a published author on subjects concerning NCAA compliance and he frequently presents on sports law topics.
While attending Marquette University Law School, John earned the National Sports Law Institute’s Certificate of Sports Law and was published in the Sports Lawyers Association Journal. He was also a member of the Marquette Sports Law Review.
Gregg E. Clifton | Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP
Gregg E. Clifton is a partner in the Phoenix office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Entertainment, Media & Sports Practice.
Gregg has extensive experience in the collegiate and professional sports world. He has advised numerous professional franchises on general labor and employment issues, including Title III ADA regulatory compliance and wage and hour issues. Gregg serves as lead counsel for several Major League Baseball teams in their salary arbitration matters and has represented NCAA and NAIA collegiate clients regarding rules compliance, investigatory matters and in disciplinary hearings. In addition, he has handled Title IX investigations and compliance issues for NCAA and NAIA member institutions. Gregg has also worked extensively in the area of agent regulation and enforcement in professional and college sports and regularly provides counsel on issues relating to NCAA and NAIA amateurism issues and athlete eligibility questions. He has also served as an expert witness in matters involving sports agents’ work and responsibilities, as well as athlete compensation issues.
Prior to joining Lewis Brisbois, Gregg spent six years as chief operating officer and vice president of Team Sports for Gaylord Sports Management. He also served as president of the Athlete and Entertainment Division for famed sports attorney Bob Woolf’s firm, Woolf Associates, in Boston.
Gregg continues to counsel clients in the areas of collective bargaining negotiations, representation cases, arbitrations and National Labor Relations Board matters.
Gregg frequently serves as an expert speaker to law schools, including Harvard University, Boston College, Hofstra University, and Arizona State University, and bar associations regarding sports law issues, including agent regulation and salary arbitration. He is often called upon by national news media as a source for his commentary and opinion on legal issues in sports.