Hackney Publications

Practice/Organization Description

Hackney Publications delivers valuable and important information about the legal side of the sports industry. Its overriding mission, through its publications, is to maintain a narrow editorial focus on issues that matter to its subscribers.

The company was founded by journalist Holt Hackney, who has spent more than 20 years writing about sports, business and the law.

Hackney began covering sports for weekly and daily newspapers in the 1980s. He has been published in the St. Petersburg Times, Tampa Tribune and Fort Lauderdale News Sun-Sentinel, among other dailies.

Later in the decade, he moved on to business journalism, working as a staff writer for New York City-based Financial World magazine. Hackney pioneered the sports business beat in national business magazines, writing stories about such issues as the NBA salary cap, the economic value of hosting the Olympic Games and the sometimes-brutal contract negotiations that take place in the NFL. Hackney was part of the writing team at Financial World that wrote the industry's first franchise valuation stories.

In the early 1990s, he became the director of communications at the National Golf Foundation, where he wrote and edited Golf Market Today, an industry newsletter as well as authored numerous other publications.

Three years later, he joined LRP Publications, a legal publisher, where he managed five subscriber-based legal publications and their respective editors. After leaving LRP, Hackney continued to maintain a connection to the journalism field by launching Legal Issues in College Athletics (LICA) for Andrews Publications. Introduced in the fall of 1999, LICA has developed a loyal following in both the legal and higher education communities.

Hackney is also involved on the corporate side, where he helps companies achieve their corporate communications objectives through the effective use of newsletters through a sister company, Hackney Communications.

Our Publications:

Legal Issues in College Athletics

Legal Issues in College Athletics (LICA) is a narrowly focused newsletter that monitors case law and legal developments at the intersection of sports and the higher education industry. Each month, LICA provides summaries and analysis of court opinions as well as stories about issues that have an impact on the typical college athletic department.

Sports Litigation Alert

Sports Litigation Alert helps attorneys and other legal professionals stay abreast of sports law developments with the industry's only bi-weekly newsletter devoted exclusively to the field. Sports Litigation Alert tracks legal developments as they occur in amateur and professional athletics as well as legislative issues that impact legal professionals. Sports Litigation Alert also includes an archive of past issues that's available to current subscribers.

The Journal of NCAA Compliance

The Journal of NCAA Compliance (JONC) is a newsletter that focuses on NCAA compliance issues in collegiate athletics. Once every two months, JONC provides in-depth reports on compliance decisions as well as original content about trends in the industry. The newsletter, which is published as part of a partnership with Florida Coastal School of Law, also includes select content from its sister publication – Legal Issues in Collegiate Athletics.

Legal Issues in High School Athletics

Legal Issues in High School Athletics provides the latest case law and analysis of legal issues that confront high school athletic directors, district superintendents and school board attorneys.

Professional Sports and the Law

Professional Sports and the Law (PSL) is a publication that delivers summaries of important court decisions, expert legal analysis and relevant sports law articles to attorneys that work in-house at professional sports teams.


P.O Box 684611
Austin, Texas 78768, United States

Contact: Holt Hackney

Areas of Practice
  • Collaborative Law
  • Information & Data
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