Hello, and welcome to the University of Buffalo School of Law Sports & Entertainment Law Forum! We are excited to invite you to join our vibrant, engaged sports and entertainment law community! Buffalo has always been a hotbed for sports, but over the past several years the interest in this particular area has grown exponentially. Our discussions have spilled over class time, into the halls, past graduation(!) and beyond. Soon, it became apparent that we needed a space where this ever increasing community could share ideas, discuss current topics and enjoy the benefit of our mutual interaction. We thank the School of Law for providing us with this opportunity. We encourage your participation as contributors and commentators, and we look forward to hearing what you have to say. Since we are located in Buffalo, it is highly likely that there will be a distinct hometown bias for the Bills, Sabres and Bulls, but those with other affiliations are always welcome. As always in education and in life, it is the informed debate that we seek.
Helen A. “Nellie” Drew is an expert in sports law, including professional and amateur sports issues ranging from NCAA compliance and Title IX matters to facility construction, discipline of professional athletes, collective bargaining and franchise issues. Drew formerly served as an officer and in-house counsel to the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League, after previously working as outside counsel to the Sabres and the NHL. Among her more interesting experiences were assisting former USSR superstar Alexander Mogilny in obtaining asylum status in the U.S. and working on multiple NHL expansions, including San Jose, Ottawa, Florida and Tampa Bay.
Drew teaches a variety of courses that incorporate topics such as drug testing in professional sports and professional player contract negotiation and arbitration. She is especially interested in the evolving research and litigation concerning concussions in both amateur and professional sports.