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Senior Associate Counsel - Media

REQ ID:  6104

New York, New York, US, 10022

At the NBA, we’re passionate about growing and celebrating the game of basketball. Through the intensity of the game and the amazing athletic skill of our players, we deliver excitement to hundreds of millions of fans around the world.

As a global sports and media business, the NBA is so much more. While Basketball Operations runs the league’s on-court activities, other departments manage relationships with television and digital media partners, develop marketing partnerships with some of the world’s most recognizable companies, oversee the licensing of NBA merchandise, and handle a wide range of responsibilities that drive the NBA’s success.


Position Summary:

This position will function as legal and business affairs counsel, providing support and advice to internal clients on various media transactions, with a focus on domestic media partnerships, including television and digital media.


Major Responsibility:

  • Provide ongoing legal analysis and advice to clients in connection with complex, long-term domestic television and digital media agreements
  • Negotiate, structure and draft various agreements for the media area of the Global Partnerships & Media department and other members of media client group (e.g., television and digital media licensing, production)
  • Participate in negotiation sessions with partners
  • Assist media clients in analysis of existing agreements, issue spotting, new business development, negotiation strategy, contractual compliance, and other legal and business affairs matters


Required Skills/Knowledge:

  • 7-10 years of experience at a top tier law firm and/or corporate legal department, including experience in structuring, negotiating, drafting and advising on complex licensing agreements
  • Exposure to media and/or technology transactions required; experience in corporate legal department in media, entertainment or technology sector preferred
  • Exceptional written and oral business communication skills
  • Strong contract drafting and negotiating skills
  • Strong analytic ability and related issue spotting and problem solving skills
  • Ability to make timely, nuanced and targeted recommendations for business decisions based on reasoned legal analysis and the strategic objectives of the organization
  • Ability to balance and prioritize multiple projects and engage with multiple stakeholders in a challenging and fast-paced environment
  • High level of commitment to quality work product and organizational ethics and integrity



Law degree and New York bar admission.


The NBA is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace.  To safeguard our employees and their families, our visitors and the broader community from COVID-19, and in consideration of recommendations from health authorities and the NBA’s own advisors, any individual working onsite in our New York and New Jersey offices must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  The NBA will discuss accommodations for individuals who cannot be vaccinated due to a medical reason or sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance.


We Consider Applicants For All Positions On The Basis Of Merit, Qualifications And Business Needs, And Without Regard To Race, Color, National Origin, Religion, Sex, Gender Identity, Age, Disability, Alienage Or Citizenship Status, Ancestry, Marital Status, Creed, Genetic Predisposition Or Carrier Status, Sexual Orientation, Veteran Status, Familial Status, Status As A Victim Of Domestic Violence Or Any Other Status Or Characteristic Protected By Applicable Federal, State, Or Local Law.

Nearest Major Market: Manhattan
Nearest Secondary Market: New York City

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