Emily Nesi is a 3L JD student pursuing the GHamES concentration here at Seton Hall
Law. She has extensive experience in the field of sports both before and during law
school. During Summer 2023, Emily worked as a summer associate for O’Toole Scrivo,
LLC and is currently interning for Madison Square Garden’s Entertainment Legal Division.
What has led you to take an interest in Sports Law?
My interest in sports law was sparked by a combination of my passion for sports and
a fascination with the legal aspects that govern the sports industry. After graduating
from Rutgers with a Sport Management degree, I was fortunate to gain invaluable experience
in the industry in roles with the New York Mets and Excel Sports Management. As my
career continued, my interest in returning to school deepened and I realized pursuing
law school would create a unique opportunity to advance my career opportunities within
the Sports and Entertainment field. In law school so far, I’ve been able to explore
those interests deeper in legal roles and internships with Student Athlete NIL, Wasserman,
and Madison Square Garden.
What classes have you taken here at Seton Hall Law that have enhanced your interest
in Sports Law?
So far, I have taken Contracts, Employment Law, Gaming Law, Sports Law, Trademark
and Unfair Competition, and Advanced Negotiations. I find it interesting that nearly
every single case book from every class I’ve taken has at least one case relating
to sports in some way!
You worked as a legal intern at Wasserman. What is Wasserman? How did you find this
position? What did you do there? What was the most interesting project you worked
Wasserman represents many of the world’s most iconic sports and entertainment figures,
music artists, brands, and properties. The Team Sports division specifically represents
elite sports and media talent, broadcasters, coaches, sports executives, and influencers
who play integral roles across every major global sport, spanning six continents.
When I saw their job posting for a legal intern during the Fall of 1L, I reached out
to a former Rutgers classmate who was working there to find out who was hiring for
the role and asked for an introduction email. They had already filled the role, but
I was introduced to their VP of Legal and we stayed in touch. Some months later,
they were again hiring for a legal intern and I was fortunate to have my resume back
I worked as a legal intern in their Team Sports division. In this role, I supported
the Team Sports division by reviewing, redlining, and negotiating a wide range of
client services and vendor agreements. I reviewed a variety of master services agreements,
statements of work, vendor contracts, venue agreements, production-related agreements,
content creation-related agreements, and non-disclosure agreements. Some of the interesting
projects included NIL agreements and speaker engagements for media talent, but my
most enjoyable project was assisting in filing a grievance with the NFLPA on behalf
of a client. It was a brief but unique insight into the relationship among players,
agents, and the Player’s Association.
Do you have any advice for students looking to go into the Sports Law field?
I think anyone who has an interest in the field will know that the number one piece
of advice that we hear is: Network, network, network. In my experience in the industry
thus far, that holds true. The good news is there are conferences, seminars, and
networking events at Seton Hall Law and beyond to help connect with professionals
in the field, and those professionals are usually eager to help.
Also, the sports industry is constantly evolving, which makes it a dynamic and exciting
field. It also means it is increasingly important to stay informed about current
events and legal challenges that face the industry.