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 an international 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. Alicia has also served as a commentator on a number of sports programs, including CBS Denver, China Central Television and CNN’s Headline News. Alicia also serves as a consultant and contributor on sports segments on CNBC.
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 where she wrote through January 2015. In January 2012, Alicia became a contributor to the Huffington Post. Alicia also currently serves as a sports contributor to CNBC.com. She is frequently interviewed by sports journalists to provide commentary on the day’s most-pressing sports law and sports business issues and is quoted frequently in publications, including CBS Sports, 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. In 2013, Alicia covered the 2013 NBA All-Star Game, where she was the only media member to be present when the Team USA men’s basketball team received their commemorative rings for the London Olympics. Along with covering the 2014 Final Four and NCAA Men’s National Championship, Alicia has also covered the 2013 and 2014 NBA Finals featuring the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs, Super Bowl XLIX in Arizona and the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship Game.
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 world who are using sports to make the world a better place. Inspired by these interactions, in December 2013, Alicia launched the #Sports4Good movement, through which Alicia uses her platform to educate others about and fundraise for sports-based nonprofit organizations and endeavors. Alicia also serves as a Community Champion for i’mME, a nonprofit organization co-founded by NFL player, David Nelson, that is focused upon ending the orphan crisis in Haiti.
Licensed to practice law in California and Colorado, Alicia currently works as a professor at the University of Miami, where she teaches Legal Aspects of Sport and Sports Governance. She also is the Director of Media Relations for the Minneapolis-based digital sports agency, Sportsdigita, whose clients include 75-plus teams in the NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB.
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 and completed a certificate program in Entertainment Law. Alicia is a proud board member of the Florida Sports Law Association’s South Florida chapter and an editor of the Journal for Legal Aspects of Sport. 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