Carla Varriale, a well known sports lawyer and partner at Havkins Rosenfeld Ritzert & Varriale, recently authored a piece in the Michigan State International Law Review about MMA fighters and their prospects for unionization.
Varriale began by noting that one of her reasons for writing the article is that the sport of mixed martial arts is one of her “passions.”
More well-known for an impressive body of work representing the New York Mets in “fan behavior cases,” Varriale became interested in MMA several years ago, and even taught a class at Columbia University a few years ago that explored why “New York was the only state where that sport was not legal in North America.”
The attorney has written numerous articles on MMA for Sports Litigation Alert and other publications. Over the years, her qualifications in writing about the legal side of the sport have matured, making her latest article a compelling read for anyone exploring labor issues in sport.