Colorado Springs Partner Richard Young has been selected as a 2018 recipient of a National Football Foundation (NFF) Legacy Award. This award is presented in recognition of individuals and organizations which have made extraordinary contributions to the NFF and embody its mission of “Building Leaders through Football.
Recipients for the Legacy Award are selected from time to time, as the NFF determines special recognition to be appropriate. Past recipients have included longtime philanthropists, network executives and inspirational college football players.
Young’s background is in general litigation; however, he has particularly strong substantive experience in sports law. He has served as outside general counsel for national governing bodies and other professional and amateur sports organizations. His experience with sports-related disputes covers a broad spectrum, from commercial disagreements (media and sponsorship contracts, licensing and other rights issues) to athlete eligibility contests, disputes arising during the course of contests, and Article VIII proceedings under the Amateur Sports Act.
Young is active in the anti-doping area, where he has handled high-profile cases for the World Anti-Doping Agency, the United States Anti-Doping Agency, the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority, the United States Olympic Committee, USA Swimming, the International Weightlifting Federation, and other Olympic National Governing Bodies and International Federations. He has spearheaded numerous investigations into alleged doping violations by athletes and their support personnel, including high-profile athletes Lance Armstrong, Floyd Landis and Marion Jones. Young also helped draft the original World Anti-Doping Agency code and its subsequent amendments.