Derek Jackson serves as Managing Counsel and Vice President of Business Affairs in Sports Marketing for Under Armour. Under Armour is the originator of performance, sports, and fitness apparel, and is the company that has revolutionized the way athletes and athletic people dress across the world. In his role, Mr. Jackson serves as the managing attorney and business advisor for Under Armour’s Sports Marketing group where he partners with each of the sports category leaders on business strategy, deal analysis, contract negotiations, contract drafting, risk management, and dispute resolution. Under Armour’s sports marketing deals include: athlete endorsement agreements, sponsorship agreements for professional sports leagues and teams (NBA, NFL, MLB, etc), event sponsorship agreements, and uniform and apparel supply deals with college athletic programs and global football clubs. Some of Under Armour’s top endorsers include: reigning NBA MVP Steph Curry, reigning NFL MVP Cam Newton, Four-time Super Bowl Champion Tom Brady, 2015 Masters and U.S. Open Champion Jordan Spieth, reigning MLB NL MVP Bryce Harper, and American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Misty Copeland.
Prior to Under Armour, Mr. Jackson served as Senior Vice President & General Counsel for the Miami Marlins Baseball Club, where he worked for 12 years. As General Counsel for the club, Mr. Jackson oversaw all legal matters and major business transactions for the club, including the negotiation and drafting of numerous sponsorship agreements, TV and media rights deals, and player contracts, as well as a large and complex deal for the development of the club’s new ballpark that opened in 2012.
Prior to the Marlins, Mr. Jackson served as Labor Counsel to the Office of the Commissioner for Major League Baseball. Derek graduated from Duke University, cum laude, with a degree in Economics, and received his J.D. from Harvard Law School.