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Madeline A. Salamone

Madeline “Maddie” Salamone concentrates her practice in the areas of commercial litigation and sports law, with a focus on collegiate athlete matters. She is a member of the Florida, New York, and Georgia Bar.

Maddie has extensive experience in the collegiate sports world, as a former college athlete turned sports attorney and athlete advocate. She has advised college athletes and their families on matters concerning eligibility, scholarship appeals, abuse and mistreatment, transfers, mental health issues, and NCAA policy. Maddie also provides name, image, likeness (NIL) contract review, as well as education and consultation on matters relating to college athletes and policymaking. She is currently Vice President of the College Football Players Association (CFBPA).

Born and raised in Bel Air, Maryland, Maddie was a three-sport athlete in high school was and an Under Armour All-American. She was awarded a scholarship to Duke University, where she was a member of the national semi-finalist Duke Women’s Lacrosse team. She received a B.A. in Public Policy and a Certificate in Markets and Management. She went down Tobacco Road and attended the University of North Carolina School of Law.

Prior to law school, Maddie served as chair of the NCAA Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), where she advocated for college athletes across Division I, while serving on rules working groups, legislative and leadership councils, and consulting with numerous groups within the NCAA. She was awarded the ACC President’s Award for Exemplary Service in 2017 for the lasting impact of that advocacy and continues to be a leading voice for NCAA reform and college athletes’ rights. Her prior experience also includes working for a litigation firm in New York City.

Recently, Maddie testified before Congress during the House Committee on Small Business hearing, titled, “Athletes and Innovators: Analyzing NIL’s Impact on Entrepreneurial Collegiate Athletes.” She appeared on ESPN’s SportsCenter in 2022 to discuss changes to the NCAA transfer portal rules in college football. Maddie was featured in ViceTV’s 2021 documentary “Vice Versa: College $ports, Inc.,” which addressed the ongoing efforts by many to reform the NCAA. Maddie also testified before the North Carolina General Assembly’s Legislative Commission on the Fair Treatment of College Student-Athletes in January 2019, addressing the tremendous need for reform in college sports.

Maddie frequently serves as an expert speaker to law schools, bar associations, and sports conferences regarding major issues within college sports. She is often called upon by national news media as a source for her commentary and opinion on legal issues in college sports.

Her informative content can be found on her YouTube channel and her podcast, “Speaking of Athletes,” which address the complex legal and other issues within college sports, especially those affecting athletes.


  • J.D. – 2017
  • Sports and Entertainment Law Association, Board Member 2014-2017
  • International Moot Court Team
  • International Law Journal


  • B.A. – 2013
  • Major: Public Policy
  • Certificate: Markets and Management
  • Varsity Women’s Lacrosse Letter Winner
  • Atlantic Coast Conference President’s Award for Exemplary Service, 2017
  • Atlantic Coast Conference Top Six for Service, 2012-2013
  • Sports Lawyers Association
  • Sarasota County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
  • New York Bar Association
  • Georgia Bar Association
  • Florida Bar Association
  • College Football Players Association, Vice President 2022-Present
  • Chair, Division I Student Athlete Advisory Committee, 2013-2014
  • Culture in Sports Cultural Roundtable, September 27, 2024: “An Uphill Battle: Why Challenges to the NCAA and Its Authority Are So Difficult,” Watch here
  • The Drake Group Webinar, January 18, 2024, NIL/President Baker’s Proposal
  • Testified before U.S. Congress, House of Representatives Committee on Small Business during hearing, titled, “Athletes and Innovators: Analyzing NIL’s Impact on Entrepreneurial Collegiate Athletes,” September 20, 2023, Watch here
  • C-SPAN/Washington Journal, “Madeline Salamone on the NCAA’s Name, Image, and Likeness Policy Changes,” September 23, 2023, Watch here
  • Culture in Sports Cultural Roundtable, August 2023: Watch here
  • Salamone, Maddie, “It’s Time for ‘Athlete Advocate’ to Be Restored to Its True Meaning,” Sportico, September 20, 2023, Read more
  • Panelist at 2022 Sports Lawyers Association Fall Symposium, “Navigating the Growth of Women’s Sports Media Rights and NIL” Panel, November 3, 2023
  • Panelist at 2022 Sports Lawyers Association Conference, “The Sky Didn’t Fall: Impacts of the Legalization of NIL One Year Later” Panel, May 12-14, 2023
  • Appeared on ESPN SportsCenter to discuss name, image, and likeness and impact of NCAA transfer rules on college football, Summer 2022
  • Panelist at 2022 Villanova Law Moorad Sports Law Journal Symposium, April 29, 2022: “Age of the Empowered Athlete,” Watch here
  • Featured in ViceTV’s 2021 documentary, “Vice Versa: College $ports, Inc.,” Watch here
  • Past Contributor to The Intercollegiate, a podcast and newsletter that provides analysis of issues within college sports and the NCAA
  • Panelist at The Future of College Sports Conference, hosted by Duke Law School and Fuqua School of Business, March 2020
  • Panelist on live-streamed discussion, hosted by the University of Arizona, on Name, Image & Likeness in College Athletics, December 2019: Watch here
  • Testified before the N.C. General Assembly Legislative Commission on the Fair Treatment of College Student-Athletes, January 2019
  • Creator “Speaking of Athletes” Podcast: Listen here
  • YouTube Channel: Visit channel