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Sr. Counsel

Tampa, FL, USA

Vinik Sports Group (Tampa Bay Lightning)

About the Role


Reporting to the Sr. Vice President, Legal & Business Affairs, the Sr. Counsel is responsible for providing comprehensive legal support and service to all departments and business units within the Vinik Sports Group (VSG) organization. This includes ensuring compliance with all Federal, State, and Local corporate filing requirements, reviewing, drafting, negotiating, managing, and enforcing business contracts and operational agreements, determining when to engage outside legal counsel and overseeing all such outside assignments including, but not limited to, litigation and labor issues, ensuring compliance with all applicable law as well as NHL rules and regulations, preparing the Legal Department Budget and managing in compliance with approved financial parameters, presenting relevant legal educational seminars to operating departments, monitoring trends and staying abreast of changes in the law within the Companys areas of operation, supervising and mentoring the development of Corporate Counsel, and assisting the Sr. Vice President, Legal & Business Affairs and VSG Executives on other legal matters, as requested.


Support the VSG organization and the SVP, Legal & Business Affairs on all transactional matters, and collaborate on corporate legal strategies

Ensure timely and accurate filing of all corporate annual reports and other filings as required by law

Evaluate and determine which corporate commercial agreements including, but not limited to, sponsorships, loge, suite, and premium seat arrangements, event agreements, media rights, promotions, contests, raffles, leases, arena operations, and vendor commitments are to be assigned to Corporate Counsel and which are to be retained for drafting and preparation

Ensure compliance with all ADA and accessibility requirements for all venues and facilities managed or operated by the Company, including providing language for necessary signage and ensuring such signage is posted

Work with outside counsel to oversee the filing, defense, maintenance, and enforcement of organization-wide trademarks, copyrights, and other intellectual property matters

Ensure compliance with all data privacy laws and educate internal departments on the requirements of same

Analyze and assess all claims and litigation to determine possible trends and recommend remedial and pro-active corrective measures

Research various legal issues and provide written and oral legal opinions as needed and as requested

Supervise and mentor Corporate Counsel to ensure continued professional growth and development

Perform other related duties as assigned by the CEO, COO, CFO, and/or SVP, Legal and Business Affairs


About the Company

Home to an NHL franchise, a collegiate athletics property, event venues of 9,000 and 20,000 seats respectively, a digital media company, retail and ecommerce platforms, Vinik Sports Group (VSG) creates world-class experiences that grow brands, drive revenues and impact the community.

Drawing on the expertise showcased during the transformation of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Amalie Arena under Jeff Vinik, VSG serves clients through its three core divisions - VSF Commercial Sales, VSG Live and VSG Facilities. VSG features a leadership team with decades of experience in the sports and entertainment industries; leaders who focus on each client’s unique needs before developing strategies and delivering successful solutions in the multimedia sales, event management, facility operations, and guest services verticals. VSG maintains a preference for long-term win-win partnerships, but it remains nimble enough to manage individual events and short-term opportunities for its customers.

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