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Don

Jackson

Biography

 
 

Donald Maurice Jackson, a former Rhodes Scholarship candidate and collegiate pitcher, is a graduate of Alabama State University and the University of Virginia School of Law. Since his graduation from law school, Jackson has amassed a considerable professional resume and founded one of the more unique and diverse boutique sports firms in the country.


Jackson's academic and professional background include a stint as an intern with a United States Congressman, performing "advance work" for former President George Herbert Walker Bush, appearing on the TODAY SHOW three times in 1992 (offering commentary on the 1992 Presidential Debates), teaching on the university level and representing numerous sports clients in the United States and internationally.

After two years in private practice with firms where he focused on corporate and tax related matters, Jackson established The Sports Group (TSG). Since TSG's establishment, the company's and Jackson's activities in the sports industry have been considerable.
They include the following:
 


 

Career Highlights of Don Jackson:


1. Negotiating contract with the Atlanta Hawks & staging an NBA Exhibition Game in Montgomery, Alabama. The Sports Group co-promoted the event October, 1996.

2. Representing players in the National Football League, Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, Canadian Football League, Women's United Soccer Association and two Olympians (including one former 200 Meter Indoor World Champion).

3. Representing a number of clients in National Collegiate Athletic Association Enforcement Staff Investigations;

4. Appearing on behalf of a number of clients in National Collegiate Athletic Association Committee matters;

5. Securing a $350,000.00 fraud verdict on behalf of a former Division One basketball coach against his former Athletic Director;

6. Promoting a number of concert stops for former NBA and MoJazz recording star Wayman Tisdale during his 1996 summer concert tour;

7. Representing the entire roster of a National Indoor Football League team after they were "fired" by the owner for demanding "back pay";

8. Representing numerous coaches, athletes, athletic administrators and amateur sports league officials in various legal matters;

9. Representing former McDonald's All American Mario Austin following the NCAA's declaring him ineligible. His eligibility was restored.

10. Representing former McDonald's All American Marvin Stone in connection with NCAA amateurism investigation. His eligibility was restored.

11. Representing former McDonald's All American Michael Williams in connection with NCAA amateurism investigation. His eligibility was restored.

12. Representing former McDonald's All American Jackie Butler in connection with NCAA amateurism investigation.

13. Representing second winningest black college football coach in history and coach with one of the highest winning percentages in Division 1-AA history before the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division One Committee on Infractions in one of the largest infractions cases in history. The coach was cleared of all major infractions.

14. Counseling numerous sports clients on business formation, risk management, and asset protection;

15. Appearing on MSNBC along with several player-clients in connection with National Indoor Football League pay dispute;

16. Been quoted and featured numerous times in national publications on sports law related matters and ongoing cases;

17. Representing client who is believed to have been the first and only professional athlete in United States professional sports history to have been suspended for wearing impermissible sponsor's logo during game competition;

18. Lecturing in various locales on issues related to sports law

19. Being featured in EBONY MAGAZINE twice (50 Leaders of Tomorrow [1992] and one of the Top Bachelors of the Year [2005]), EBONY MAN and Upscale Magazine.


20. Representing former Auburn University Assistant Basketball Coach before the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division One Committee on Infractions in connection with the Auburn University basketball investigation. The coach was cleared of all major infractions.

21. Representing a number of "on-air" personalities and production staffers at local television affiliates and network/cable affiliates around the country.

22. Counseling a number of National Collegiate Athletic Association member institutions in connection with ongoing "diploma mill" investigation.

23. Counseling a number of secondary and preparatory schools in connection with ongoing National Collegiate Athletic Association "diploma mill" investigation.

24. Representing a number of student-athletes in connection with ongoing National Collegiate Athletic Association "diploma mill" investigation.

25. Represented a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics member institution in connection with several player eligibility appeals.

26. Represented Parade All American Defensive Lineman in NCAA Initial Eligibility Investigation. Player was granted partial waiver with full athletic related financial aid.

27. Represented a number of current and former student-athletes and professional athletes in civil and criminal matters around the country.

28. Assistant Coach on High School State Champion (AISA 2009, Taylor Road Academy) Soccer Team

29.  Assistant Coach on High School State Champion Basketball Team (AISA 2011, Prattville Christian Academy).

30. Assistant Coach on St. Jude (Montgomery, AL) Basketball Team that was ranked in USA TODAY Top 25 for much of 2000-01 Basketball Season.

31. Represented international soccer star before FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber, Zurich, Switzerland.

32. Represented a number of student-athletes in Drug Free Sport and NCAA Performance Enhancing Drug Appeals.

33. Founded the Black Baseball Initiative as an academic and athletic program meant to stimulate African American involvement and improve skill development in amateur baseball.

34. Appointed to University of Vermont Sports Law Institute Board of Advisors.

35. Featured in Business Alabama, April, 2012 Edition, "Keeping Athletes in the Game".

36. Represented the interests of Atlantic Coast Conference Student-Athlete in connection with Amateurism Investigation.

37. Represented Big Ten Conference Student-Athlete in connection with Steroid Appeal; Eligibility Restored

38. Serves as Adjunct Associate Professor (Sports Law) Cumberland School of Law, Samford University

39:  Head Baseball Coach, St. Jude Educational Institute. Montgomery, AL
 

 



 

Jackson's Philosophy...


Jackson's philosophy and goal is to "add economic value to the activities of clients of the The Sports Group."



Personal Involvement...


On a personal level, Jackson spends a considerable amount of time sponsoring and coaching youth league sports teams.