Attorney Alicia Jessop has loved sports for as long as she can remember. Her friends and family would be quick to note that her passion for sports have largely molded Alicia’s life. In July 2011, that trend continued when Alicia merged her passions for sports and law by launching RulingSports.com, a website dedicated to analyzing legal issues in the world of sports.
Launching RulingSports.com gave Alicia the springboard she needed to find a national platform to discuss her passion for sports. Since launching RulingSports.com, Alicia has been a featured guest on hundreds of sports radio shows nationwide, including ESPN Radio Los Angeles, ESPN Radio Austin, CBS Radio Atlanta and various shows broadcast nationwide on SiriusXM. Additionally, Alicia serves as CBS Denver’s sports business contributor and regularly consults on segments for CNBC’s “SportsBiz” program.
Alicia has received additional writing opportunities as a result of founding RulingSports.com. In October 2011, she became the main contributing writer of BusinessofCollegeSports.com. In June 2012, she became a contributing sports business writer for Forbes.com. In January 2012, Alicia became a contributor to the Huffington Post. She is frequently interviewed by sports journalists to provide her commentary on the day’s most-pressing sports law and sports business issues and is quoted frequently in publications, including Sports Business Daily and USA Today.
Alicia’s career highlight as a journalist came in February 2013, when she was credentialed by the NFL to cover Super Bowl XLVII. In the week leading up to the big game, Alicia covered Super Bowl Media Day and enjoyed one-on-one interviews with Emmitt Smith, Clay Matthews, Donald Driver, Kurt Warner, Barry Sanders, Jim Brown and the band Train.
Alicia was also invited to cover the 2013 NBA All-Star Game in Houston, TX. There, she was the only member of the media present for a private ring ceremony for members of the gold medal winning Team USA Basketball team. She also had the opportunity to interview NBA legends including Yao Ming and Dikembe Mutombo and rising stars including Kevin Durant and Anthony Davis.
Alicia is passionate about sharing with her readers the human-side of sports. In this regard, she not only covers sports law and sports business stories, but also those stories about athletes giving back to their communities and overcoming obstacles. While she is proud of every story she has the opportunity to tell, it is in this arena that Alicia has found the most pleasure. She has had the opportunity to sit down with professional athletes, gold medal Olympians like Rafer Johnson and community leaders across the nation, who are using sports to make the world a better place.
Licensed to practice law in California and Colorado, Alicia currently works as a prosecutor in Aurora, CO. Alicia received a B.S. in Economics in 2006 from the Colorado School of Mines and graduated cum laude from Chapman University School of Law in 2009, where she served as an editor of the Chapman Law Review. She gives back to her community by supporting organizations that work with young people and is a national officer of Sigma Kappa Sorority. Represented for her media work by agent Matt Kramer of CSE, Alicia is interested in opportunities allowing her to continue telling sports business, sports law and sports philanthropy stories. She also is interested in teaching and using sports as a way to work with young people to assist in achieving their dreams.
Alicia can be reached via email at RulingSports@gmail.com