NHL Careers

Senior Counsel - Media - National Hockey League (NHL) (New York · NY)

National Hockey League (NHL)
Jobs in New York · NY
Legal: General Counsel/Contractual Law
ABOUT THE NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Founded in 1917, the National Hockey League (NHL®) is the premier professional ice hockey league in the world, and is one of the major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada.  With more than 600 employees across offices in New York, Toronto and Montreal, the NHL is a global sports and entertainment organization committed to building healthy and vibrant communities using the sport of hockey to celebrate fans of every race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status. At the NHL, we are looking for dynamic, energetic and impactful individuals who are committed to doing the same by sharing in our philosophy that Hockey is for Everyone – and inclusion belongs on the ice, in the locker rooms, boardrooms and stands.
 
SUMMARY
The National Hockey League seeks an experienced media-focused attorney to provide legal support and oversight on media-related transactions and business matters, including with respect to broadcast and cable media, streaming and direct-to-consumer media distribution.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
 Participate as a senior member of the League's in-house legal team primarily focusing on media-related transactions and business matters, including:

  • Working closely with senior businesspeople, in-house lawyers and outside counsel strategizing, structuring, drafting, negotiating and providing general legal advice on media relationships, agreements, services and other matters, including for example:
  • Matters relating to regional, national and international broadcast and cable media businesses;
  • Matters relating to streaming and direct-to-consumer content distribution;
  • Responsibility for planning and day-to-day management of transactional processes;
  • Legal support in connection with Club media matters, as applicable; and 
  • Performing other duties and responsibilities as assigned

Serve as key subject matter legal expert with respect to media-related matters, including by proactively staying up to date with new and emerging trends, marketplace developments, and developments in laws, regulations, standards and guidance related to media rights, distribution and technologies.
 
QUALIFICATIONS
  •  At least 6 years of transactional experience focused on media-related matters, with extensive knowledge and experience analyzing and applying applicable laws, regulations and industry best practices related to media
  • Law firm experience preferred
  • Demonstrated superior drafting, negotiating, communication (written and oral), interpersonal, and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to exercise good judgment in identifying complex legal issues and evaluating and balancing legal risks with other relevant factors
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and manage multiple assignments and deadlines
  • A positive, team-oriented and collaborative attitude

EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE

JD from an accredited law school. Admission (or ability to be admitted) to New York Bar required. 

The NHL offers U.S. regular, full-time employees: 
 
Time to Recharge: Utilize our generous Paid Time Off (PTO) to focus on your well-being and ensure a healthy work/life balance.  PTO includes paid holidays, vacation, personal and sick days, plus an extra day off for your birthday.
 
Ability to Focus on your Health: Along with competitive salaries, the NHL offers comprehensive health benefits to employees and their eligible dependents effective on their first day with us – there is no waiting period.  The NHL subsidizes a large portion of the health benefits costs, therefore your cost for medical, dental and vision coverage is minimal.   
We also offer our employees and members of their household access to our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to support mental, physical, and financial health.  In addition, employees have access to a digital wellness resource designed to improve health and happiness through courses in sleep, movement, and focus. These services are confidential and at no-cost to our employees.  
 
Childcare Leave: Because your family is the NHL family, employees are offered comprehensive Childcare Leave to welcome your new addition. The primary caregiver to the child is entitled to up to 12 weeks of paid Childcare Leave, at full pay, following the birth, adoption, or placement of a child.
 
Employees that are not the primary caregiver to the child are entitled to up to 6 weeks of paid Childcare Leave, at full pay, which must be taken within the first 6 months following the birth, adoption, or placement of a child.
 
Confidence in your Retirement Goals: Participate in the NHL’s Savings Plan which includes a 401K (pre-tax and Roth options) plus non-elective (employer) contributions to keep your retirement goals on track.
 
A Hybrid Work Schedule: The NHL recognizes the value of flexibility in work locations/schedules to help our employees balance work/life priorities.  Hybrid work schedules are available for a majority of our roles.  
 
Our New Headquarters: Our new, state of the art, offices are located at One Manhattan West in Hudson Yards.  When you’re in the office, you can conduct meetings in one of our high-tech conference rooms, have lunch with a view or play in the game room. Employees can also enjoy New York’s newest neighborhood that is home to more than 100 shops, culinary experiences, and public artwork.
 
A Savings for Commuting: Participate in the NHL’s pre-tax commuter benefit plan which helps offset the financial cost of traveling to and from our office.
 
NHL Partner Rates: Unlock exclusive pricing from our Partners that include savings on travel, consumer goods and services, plus the NHL Store.
 
Life at the NHL: In your first few days, you meet with your new teammates and the HR Team. You have the opportunity to learn more about the NHL and our workplace culture.  Employees are invited to play hockey during our Tuesday Night Skate at Chelsea Piers, join our Employee Resource Groups and more. You are a part of our team and we encourage you to be your authentic self, adding to our dynamic workplace culture.
 
SALARY RANGE:
 $220-260K
 
Actual base pay for a successful candidate will be determined based on a variety of job-related factors, including but not limited to: experience/training, market demands, and geographic location.
 
When applying, please be sure to include a cover letter with your salary expectations for this role.  We thank all applicants for their interest in this opportunity, however only qualified candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.  NO EMAILS OR PHONE CALLS PLEASE.
 
We are an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital or veteran status, or any other protected class.

Job Questions:

  1. This position will be based in our New York City Office. Are you willing and able to commute to our office for this position?

  2. If you are not currently living in the tri-state area, are you willing and able to relocate at your own expense for this position?

  3. Do you have the legal right to work in the United States?

  4. Will you now or in the future require visa sponsorship to continue work in the United States?

  5. What are your salary expectations for this role? (NOTE: We are NOT asking for your current salary or salary history)

  6. How did you hear about this position? Where did you first see this role posted?

  7. Please provide a brief statement describing your interest in working for the NHL’s Legal Department.

  8. Does your legal experience include six or more years of transactional experience focused in media? Please describe your media-focused transactional experience in terms of years, responsibilities, growth and nature (e.g., type(s) of transactions).

  9. How would you sum up your strongest qualification for this position in one sentence?

  10. Are you admitted as a lawyer in good standing in New York or are you capable of being admitted as one?