I am pleased to introduce to you The Aspiring Sports Lawyer Blog that will discuss all things sports, sports law, and my journey in pursuing a career in the sports industry as an attorney. Sports lawyers’ jobs range from agents for individual athletes and coaches, to in-house counsel for sports organizations, to those involved in athletic administration and compliance. Sports law covers a broad range of topics and niches and serves numerous purposes within the sports industry. There are different areas of sports law including professional, international, and amateur sports—all of which have multiple sports with different rules, regulations, and laws governing them. It is a complex and exciting area of the law; and, without it, the sports that we all love to watch and play would not be possible.
I want to tell you more about why I am so interested in this topic and the pursuit of a career within this field.
First, I will give you a little bit of my background. I am from the small town of Dresden in Weakley County, Tennessee and am blessed to have a wonderful family and friend group—many of whom are involved in the wonderful world of sports in some way or another. My parents raised me early on to be involved in community outreach and to want to serve others in whatever way I am able through the gifts that God gave me. I have been involved in competitive sports since I was about 3 years old. I played football, basketball, and baseball all the way through high school and was fortunate enough to continue my football career another four years at the NCAA Division III level at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. While at Rhodes College, I discovered not only how much I really love sports, and football in particular, but also that my playing days were going to be short-lived. I really started researching my interests outside of sports and found that I truly enjoy writing and communicating with other people. I also discovered that I was particularly interested in pursuing a career in law. I became determined to find a way to combine my lifelong passion of sports with my curiosity and fascination with the law. I graduated from Rhodes in May 2015 with a degree in History and a minor in Political Science after finishing my football career having been on one of the winningest teams in school history.
In August 2015, I started my pursuit of a law degree at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. So far, law school has been a roller coaster of a journey that requires hard work and hours of reading and writing. It is both excruciatingly difficult and very fun at the same time. It tests my work ethic and mental stamina like nothing else has done before. It will, without a doubt, prepare me for a career in the law, and hopefully sports law in particular.
Throughout my journey, I have met many amazing people who are involved in sports in some capacity. Some are coaches, some are players, and others work in the sports production arena behind the scenes of all the glitz and glamour that we see on our television screens every time we turn on a game.
Because of the people I have met, my raising, and my passion for sports and desire to serve others, I have decided that I want to pursue a career in the sports law arena. I would love to represent athletes or work in compliance at a university/administrative association or work as in-house counsel for a professional sports organization. However, to say I want these things and that I should work in this area because I have a passion for sports is not enough. It will require prayer, hard work, commitment, the right connections, placing myself in the right place at the right time, and a bit of luck…
So, as I begin this journey, I ask that you please follow me and read my story as I make my way through life and figure out how this entire process works. I’m sure there will be surprises, opportunities, set-backs, lessons to be learned, and, hopefully, blessings along the way.
Please stay tuned as I will keep you posted with not only my journey and all that I learn along the way throughout this learning process and dream chase, but also with informational articles and opinion pieces on different legal issues (and regular issues or interesting topics) in sports that pop up over time.
I look forward to learning and sharing as I continue down this path. All advice, prayers, connections, and comments are appreciated and I hope to give you something worth reading throughout the lifetime of this blog.
Thank you for reading and God Bless.
“Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there’s love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.” —Ella Fitzgerald
– Dale Hutcherson