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Credit Coca-Cola. The beverage company stood up for US Women’s Soccer, objecting vehemently to the misogynistic statements made in a court filing by attorneys for US Soccer earlier this week. Coca-Cola deemed the statements “unacceptable and offensive”. Anheuser-Busch and Procter & Gamble joined in protesting the position, which was roundly criticized in national media.
The US Women’s team wore their warmup jerseys inside out to hide the US Soccer crest following the filing. In response, US Soccer Chief Carlos Cardeiro apologized, and reshuffled the legal team. Apparently, that was not enough. On Thursday, Cardeiro resigned. US Soccer’s Vice-President, Cindy Parlowe Cone, will become US Soccer’s first female President. Presumably, US Soccer’s approach to the women’s game will change in the near future.
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.