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Norman Wain, General Counsel, Chief of Business Affairs at USA Track & Field - E107

Norman Wain, General Counsel, Chief of Business Affairs at USA Track & Field - E107
Friday, 30 April 2021

Norman Wain is General Counsel, Chief of Business Affairs at USA Track & Field which is the national governing body for the sport of track and field, long distance running, and race walking in the United States, since July 2010. His responsibilities include overseeing the USATF legal department (negotiating all contracts, managing corporate governance, handling anti-doping matters, overseeing litigation, managing the Athlete Representative program, etc).

He is also currently a member of World Athletics' Governance Commission since 2020.

In this podcast Norman shares his journey into sports law and the various roles and responsibilities of a General Counsel with a sports organisation.

Norman speaks to LawInSport’s CEO, Sean Cottrell.

  • 2:24 - Structure of USA Track & Field

  • 9:10 - Creation of the LawInSport Advisory Board and the importance of in-house counsels perspective

  • 12:22 - Journey into sports law through media law

  • 23:00 - The evolving American sports landscape and how this has impacted on the role of in-house lawyers and the required skillset

  • 28:13 - The different areas and type of work an in-house lawyer deals with on a daily basis

  • 31:38 - The decision making process of instructs external counsel (lawyers)

  • 36:20 - How Safe Sport is developing in USA and the challenges this brings

  • 42:55 - How to manage working with a board of executives

  • 48:00 - Managing work/life balance

  • 56:16 - Dealing with the challenges of COVID-19 and working from home

  • 59:19 - Looking to the future for USA Track & Field

We thoroughly enjoyed the interview and took a lot away from it. We hope you do the same. 

The host is Sean Cottrell (@spcott), founder and CEO of LawInSport.

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