Vice President, Legal - new professional league

New York, NY, USA

Major League Soccer

About the Role

Position Summary

The Vice President of Legal, MLS new professional league, will consult, advise, and provide legal counsel to the overall organization and on broad issues affecting the company, including corporate legal initiatives, complex business transactions, player relations matters and critical commercial contracts.

Primary Responsibilities

Interact with internal and external parties on behalf of the organization regarding a diverse range of legal and commercial transactions such as commercial rights acquisitions and property partnerships, media agreements (local, domestic, and international), sponsorship agreements, sales agreements, vendor/service agreements, waivers, consents, and licensing agreements.
Prepare, review, draft and negotiate a wide variety of legal documents for corporate transactions including, but not limited to league expansion agreements.
Advise on corporate governance and compliance concerning governing documents, team transactions and investigations, and any other legal related issues.
Manage litigation and dispute resolution matters.
Advise on labor-related matters.
Work collaboratively with and manage outside counsel on various legal issues, providing direction, discussing strategy, reviewing work product, and managing fees.
Keep current on industry-wide legal trends and developments to proactively counsel business partners and manage legal exposure.

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About the Company

In 2022, Major League Soccer will launch a new professional soccer league to complete the pathway from the elite player development platform of MLS NEXT to MLS first teams. The new professional league will grow the game in North America, providing even more opportunities for players, staff, fans, communities, partners, and investors. A platform for innovation both on and off the field, new league will provide a competitive environment for players on the pitch while bringing the global game closer to fans throughout the U.S.

As Major League Soccer plans to launch the new professional league, we are looking for a dedicated, passionate, and experienced individual to help build, and grow the new league across all aspects of the operation.