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NFL In-House: How to Get Paid by Pro Football Without Wearing a Helmet

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By William Vogeler, Esq. on November 29, 2016 6:59 AM

Getting paid to watch NFL football? No helmet? No microphone? What kinda job is this anyway?

Cassie Sadowitz, any football fan would say, has a dream job. She is general counsel for the Jacksonville Jaguars. She spends most of her time on the legal department's document retention and management systems. She also works on sponsorships and HIPAA compliance for the team.

It Was Not a Hail Mary

"With the recent stadium improvements and the new amphitheater and covered flex field, downtown Jacksonville is going to thrive as a unique entertainment destination, and I am proud to have played a role in its development," Sadowitz told Corporate Counsel.

Sadowitz, 28, landed the job after serving as assistant general counsel for two years. Before that, she was with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. She never worked with a law firm, starting her career as an intern with the Anaheim Angels. It was probably destiny that took her to football.

Among other Angels, she worked for David Cohen. He was the team's legal affairs director. Cohen took an offer to work for the Buccaneers, and Sadowitz accepted an offer to join him a few months later.

It's Not Who You Know; It's Who Knows You

While attending a networking event, Sadowitz met Megha Parekh, who was chief legal officer for the Jaguars. It turned out that they were high school classmates. "We didn't know each other at the time, but she was a senior when I was a freshman," Sadowitz said. "You just never know who you'll meet."

She now reports to Parekh. Sadowitz came to the job with a sports law background, and Parekh worked three years at Proskauer Rose on sports M&A and finance.

"It's worked out that we have complementary career trajectories," Parekh said.

It's a tough job, but somebody has to do it.

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