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Path Breaking Podcast

Zavian shares about her background, a Jersey Girl in sports, on Path Breaking Podcast.

USA Today: ‘Gangster Conduct, extortion allegations and a messy ownership dispute in Washington

As the Washington Football Team clawed its way to an NFC East title this season, its owners have been engaged in a fight of their own in federal court in Maryland…

Football Legal: FIFA Pro Bono Counsel

Zavian is appointed to FIFA Pro Bono Counsel and Football Legal discusses the goals of the program. Helping provide adequate legal services for FIFA athletes in need.

Football Legal: FIFA Pro Bono Counsel

Zavian is appointed to FIFA Pro Bono Counsel in the interest of respecting individuals rights and transparency in the FIFA discipline hearing process.

Sports Illustrated: Coronavirus Liability Waivers Raise Questions As College Athletes Return to Campus

Some experts think these waivers are just a way of educating players about coronavirus without any real legal standing, but others are concerned it represents schools asserting power over their athletes…

Football Agents – Global

De Charles C. Pyle à Scott Brass, le milieu des agents sportifs a connu de nombreuses mutations aux Etats-Unis. Ce n’est pas Ellen Zavian qui dira le contraire. Son nom ne vous dit probablement rien mais ce professeur de droit est l’une des pionnières de la représentation sportive version féminine au pays de l’Oncle Sam.  

Sports Illustrated: Group Licensing Is the Key to Return of NCAA Video Games-So What’s the Holdup?

What would it take for a video game like NCAA Football to return? Inside the industry reaction to the NCAA’s name, image and likeness report…

Sports Illustrated: Inside the Lawsuit That Could Shake Up the Entire Esports Industry

What would it take for a video game like NCAA Football to return? Inside the industry reaction to the NCAA’s name, image and likeness report…


Ellen Zavian has contributed numerous articles to Forbes, covering the business side of sports.

The Washington Post: The NCAA whiffed on esports. It’s paying a price but can still learn a lesson.

The fate of college football and NCAA athletic events this year appear to be in serious jeopardy due to the coronavirus pandemic…

The Washington Post: Zavian starts the ball rolling to get break dancing into the Olympics

After creating the United Breakin Association with some standout breakers and industry experts, breaking is in the Paris 2024 Olympics. Zavian continues helping by serving on the USA Dance NGB Task Force.

The Washington Post: Investors are Flocking to Video Gaming, but be wary of esports, SPACS, advisors say

Investors are flooding the video game market with money at a record rate during a pandemic-inspired boom.

The Washington Post: One byproduct of esports betting? A crackdown on cheating.

With covid-19 shuttering both casino floors and traditional sports arenas, Nevada and other states have leaned into esports as a viable alternative to keep betting windows open…

The Washington Post: For esports players, the tax man cometh

Ask a professional gamer how they’d label their occupation and they may have several suggestions, not particularly caring which you choose…

The Washington Post: D.C. break dancing school to host Rock the Box Breaking Tournament

Like break dancing itself, Antonio Castillo’s Takoma dance studio began spontaneously.

The Washington Post: School apps track students from classroom to bathroom, and parents are struggling to keep up

A digital hall-pass app that tracks bathroom trips is the latest school software to raise privacy concerns…

Bass Resource: Hook, Line and Sinker

If I told you that women spend a lot of money it wouldn’t be news. But if I told you that women spend $3 billion annually on trip-related fishing expenses and fishing equipment, it would be huge news.

U.S. Women End Money Dispute with USSF

The U.S. Soccer Federation and nine of its top women players on Thursday settled a financial dispute that threatened to keep the players from this summer’s Olympics.

NFL Player Sues for Hostile Work Place

Jacksonville Jaguar sues for hostile work place and Zavian, Board of Trustee for Safe Sport International, lends her expertise.

CNN Video: Russian Officials Respond to Doping Allegations

Sports attorney Ellen Zavian discusses impact of doping allegations on Russia and track and field.

The New York Times: New Jersey Q&A: Ellen M. Zavian; A Female Agent For Professional Athletes

THERE are not many women who would take on a big football player and tell him what to do. But for the dozen women among the nearly 600 player representatives listed with the National Football League Players Association, it’s part of their job.

NPR: College Applications Down As Recruitment Process Goes Virtual

NPR’s Michel Martin discusses college admissions and athletic recruitment amid a pandemic with three people who have deep knowledge of the process: Jenny Rickard, Beth Arey and Ellen Zavian.

NPR: Next Steps for NIL

NPR MarketPlace talks next steps for NIL with Ellen Zavian. Listen at the 10 minute mark.

NPR: The History of the US Women’s Soccer Team with the woman who did it, Ellen M. Zavian

NPR’s Tom Hauck discusses US Women’s National Team soccer negotiations with the attorney, Ellen Zavian, that unified the players, helped create the first union for the athletes, negotiate the first collective bargaining agreement, and insert the first pregnancy leave clause for female athletes.

NPR: College Football This Fall Could Create Legal Troubles For NCAA

NPR’s Michel Martin speaks with law Professor Ellen Zavian about universities pushing for football to return when students aren’t on campus and what that means for the NCAA’s definition of amateurism.

NPR: Market Place – Future of NIL

NPR’s MarketPlace speaks with law Professor Ellen Zavian NIL’s next steps.

Youtube: ACC Uses GLD for Contract Management

Hear ACC’s Associate General Counsel, Ellen Zavian, talk about choosing GLD to manage their contracts and keep organized.

Youtube: WomenInNegotiation – EMZ Negotiation Institute

Negotiating Is A Contact Sport and women need to learn key negotiation skills while working with men in all types of industries.

The Village Voice: Rolling For Dollars

The thousands of skateboarding fans fortunate enough to be cooling inside the first union center in sweltering Philadelphia for last August’s ESPN 2001 Summer X Games were well rewarded.

NFL – Commanders, Women of Washington Interview

Zavian interviewed on the hot topics in the sports space with a focus on women in the NFL

C-SPAN: Ellen Zavian

Ellen M. Zavian is a Professor for Sports Management in the George Washington University with one video in the C-SPAN Video Library

C-SPAN: Security at the Olympic Games

As the Winter Olympics in Sochi ended, a panel of experts assessed security operations at the games, and discussed lessons learned from Russia’s experience. 

The Law In Sport Expert Prediction Issue

Zavian contributed as an expert to predict some issues for the 2019 year.

Law in Sport

As families worry for their children’s futures, a district has instituted a yearly data purge

Your Potential Podcast

Alex Sinatra interviews Ellen Zavian. No topic is off limits. Skateboarding, Breaking, and Esports.

ThinkTech Podcast

Katharine Nohr interviews Ellen Zavian on the legal and practical implications within esports.

Sport Law Expert

Ellen Zavian has authored award winning articles for the Association of Corporate Counsel for over a decade, with a focus on sports and entertainment.

ACC Articles

Ellen Zavian focuses on the NCAA and how they missed the boat.

Title IX Expert

Zavian focuses on Title IX and the need for reform.

Center of the Universe

Zavian discusses your youth and how being a sports fan is not part of her makeup.

Name Image Likeness – Women Are Getting Left Behind

Zavian is interviewed about the impact on NIL on female athletes.

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