U.S. Women’s Soccer is imploring Americans to skip work Friday at 3 pm to watch their epic match against host nation France. Step up, America. This is a big deal. Their plea: “We kindly ask that you give every employee the day so that they can eat a hearty lunch, get emotionally ready, bust out all their USA gear, and mentally prep for what will be an EPIC GAME!”
The win would give the team the opportunity to win their FOURTH World Cup, more than any other national team. These women, who are in the midst of a lawsuit against the United States Soccer Federation for unequal pay and unequal treatment, are role models and pioneers for women in athletics and more broadly, for equality in employment and professional opportunity. At the very least, American women need to step up and support what they represent. My daughters and I will be watching Friday at 3 pm. Will you? #MeToo #EqualityForMyDaughters
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.