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Helen A. Nellie Drew

Director of the Center for the Advancement of Sport
University at Buffalo School of Law


Sports law, including student-athletes’ name, image and likeness (NIL), antitrust laws, collective bargaining, discipline of athletes, drug testing, NCAA compliance and Title IX; diversity in sport

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Helen A. “Nellie” Drew is an expert in sports law.

She frequently speaks to media about pressing issues impacting athletes, coaches and the world of sports, such as diversity and inclusion in sports, student-athletes’ name, image and likeness, and investigations relating to sexual harassment and discrimination.

She can comment on professional and amateur sports issues ranging from NCAA compliance and Title IX matters to facility construction, discipline of professional athletes, collective bargaining and franchise issues.

Drew teaches a variety of courses that incorporate topics such as drug testing in professional sports and professional player contract negotiation and arbitration. Drew is especially interested in the evolving research and litigation concerning concussions in both amateur and professional sports.


Helen A. "Nellie" Drew
Director of the Center for the Advancement of Sport
Professor of Practice

University at Buffalo School of Law