Sports Law Blog Series Receives Student Academic Excellence Award

The UB Law Sports Forum is thrilled to report that the dynamic series “Legislation: Banning Youth Tackle Football” has received a Student Academic Excellence Award from UB. http://www.buffalo.edu/eln/students/undergraduate-research/2020-cosae-poster-gallery.html?tag=ub-entity%3Alaw Courtney Way’s four-part series investigating the medical research into traumatic brain injury and CTE, advances in treatment of head injuries and analysis of recent proposals to ban or limit youth tackle football continues to receive significant viewership and advance public understanding on this important topic. Congratulations, Courtney, and special thanks to Dr. Barry Willer and Dr. John Leddy, our own UB Concussion Team, who were so generous with their time in contributing to the series.

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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.

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