AFTER WALKING AWAY FROM HIS LONGTIMEhome at the Washington Football Team’slegal department earlier this year, ERICSCHAFFER has landed a senior position atAthletes First, a sports agency that represents NFL players.
The Laguna Hills, California-basedfirm announced Schaffer’s hiring Aug. 17.
The agency stated in a
news release on Twitter
that Schaffer will serve
as a member of Athletes
First’s senior leadership
team and “focus on the
division, though he will
have additional respon-
Athletes First did not provide addi-
tional details about Schaffer’s new
position and attempts to speak with
Schaffer and agency representatives were
not immediately successful.
Schaffer’s new boss, Athletes First CEOand co-founder Brian Murphy, stated inthe news release that the firm’s agents“have tremendous respect and admirationfor Eric after negotiating countless dealswith him over the last 17 years.
Schaffer joined the Washington teamin 2003 as a salary cap manager andworked his way up to vice president offootball administration, general counsel and senior vice president of footballoperations.
As GC, he served as the team’s chiefcontract negotiator and advised theorganization on all legal matters, including sponsorships, licensing, vendor andemployment agreements, team litigationand workers’ compensation.
The team announced in January thatSchaffer and Washington had “mutuallyparted ways,” putting an end to rumorsthat Schaffer would be tapped to step upand serve as team president.
His exit followed a disappointing 3-13season, which spurred a housecleaningthat saw the firing of team president BruceAllen and interim coach Bill Callahan.
Also on Aug. 17, Washington namedretired NFL player Jason Wright asAllen’s successor, making him the firstBlack team president in the history ofthe NFL.
BISON TRAILS APPOINTS NEW GC
Blockchain services firm Bison Trails hassnagged former Goldman Sachs lawyerELIZABETH RALSTON to serve as the NewYork-based startup’s first-ever generalcounsel.
“The role of a general counsel at a
company at this stage is to help the com-
pany accomplish its strategic business
goals while minimizing various sources of
risk along the way,” Ralston said. “Those
sources of risk can come in a variety of
forms, whether it be regulatory, contrac-
tual, reputation, financial. That’s how I
think about my job every day.”
Ralston joined Bison Trails in July, and
the company announced her appointment
She most recently
served as director of
legal and compliance
for Block Tower Capi-
tal, a crypto and block-
chain investment firm
founded in 2017. As the company’s sole
lawyer, Ralston helped Block Tower navi-
gate emerging crypto regulations, nego-
tiated agreements with crypto custody
service providers, exchanges and other
service providers in the industry while
also handling venture investments.
Prior to joining Block Tower, Ralstonspent four years at Goldman Sachs, whereshe joined as an analyst and worked herway up to vice president of the legal
FORMER WASHINGTON FOOTBALL GC’S NEW GIG