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Associate Counsel, Global Partnerships and Social Responsibility & Player Programs

New York, NY, USA


About the Role

Position Summary:

At the NBA, we're passionate about growing and celebrating the game of basketball. Through the intensity of the game and the athletic skill of our players, we deliver excitement to hundreds of millions of fans around the world. As a global sports and entertainment business, the NBA is so much more.

While our Basketball Operations department runs the league's on-court activities, other departments handle relationships with media partners, coordinate the licensing of NBA merchandise, develop strategies to improve our engagement with NBA fans, build marketing partnerships with some of the world's most recognizable companies, and handle a wide range of responsibilities that drive the NBA's success.

This position will provide legal and business support to the NBA's Global Partnerships and Social Responsibility & Player Programs groups. The position will report to the Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, Global Partnerships and Team Marketing and Business Operations.

Major Responsibility:

Negotiate and draft agreements with marketing partners, community partners, consultants, and vendors
Provide advice and guidance in connection with the NBA's social responsibility programing
Support the NBA Youth Basketball Development group, with a focus on safety, compliance, and training
Negotiate and draft commercial agreements with current and retired players for league activities and initiatives
Support the NBA Social Justice Coalition and NBA Foundation, with a focus on partner agreements, grantee letters, and social justice initiatives
Oversee internal process for reviewing third-party uses of NBA intellectual property in advertising, marketing, and other materials


About the Company

The National Basketball Association (NBA) is a global sports and media organization with the mission to inspire and connect people everywhere through the power of basketball. Built around five professional sports leagues: the NBA, WNBA, NBA G League, NBA 2K League and Basketball Africa League, the NBA has established a major international presence with games and programming available in 215 countries and territories in more than 50 languages, and merchandise for sale in more than 200 countries and territories on all seven continents. NBA rosters at the start of the 2021-22 season featured a record 121 international players from 40 countries.

NBA Digital’s assets include NBA TV,, the NBA App and NBA League Pass. The NBA has created one of the largest social media communities in the world, with 2.1 billion likes and followers globally across all league, team, and player platforms. Through NBA Cares, the league addresses important social issues by working with internationally recognized youth-serving organizations that support education, youth and family development, and health-related causes.

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