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#AskAMogulAnything:Hi,I'mBobbi-SueDoyle-Hazard.I'mtheassistantgeneralcounseloftheTampaBayBuccaneers.Askmeanythingyou'dlike!YourquestionswillbeansweredLIVEon10/20@3pmET.

Bobbi-Sue Doyle-Hazard
Bobbi-Sue Doyle-Hazard Assistant General Counsel, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
almost 3 years Tampa Bay, Florida Conversation

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Hi, I'm Bobbi-Sue Doyle-Hazard.

I'm the Assistant General Counsel for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Prior to becoming the assistant general counsel of the Buccaneers, I worked for two other companies in different industries (telecom and life sciences). My path to the sports world was full of twists and turns. 

I attended UMass (Amherst) where I earned a Bachelor of Science in Sports Management and a Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies. After graduating from Penn State University's Dickinson School of Law in 2007, I moved back to Massachusetts. Unfortunately, the legal market tanked right as I graduated. As a result, I was a licensed attorney who couldn’t find work as an attorney.

During this time I waitressed while taking on small matters for friends and family. Luckily, this was also the time when Twitter started. I began tweeting about my life including my job search and struggles waitressing. A few things happened as a result of this: 1) A local reporter for the Boston Business Journal followed me and wrote a story about young attorneys who couldn’t find work as attorneys and what they were doing instead (featuring me on the front page); 2) a local businessman saw that story and hired me as the first in-house counsel for his life sciences company; and 3) I “met” my current boss. 

Some more information about me: I have two cats that are basically my children: Simon and Zoey. I help out with a small, local pet rescue started by a good friend of mine: Maxx and Me Pet Rescue. I love spending time with the pups and trying to find them homes. There are way too many animals in shelters. Adopt, don’t shop! I believe that cilantro was created by the devil himself.  And I am a runner. I have been running since high school although with LOTS of “off” time. Next year I want to run at least two half marathons. As someone who lives with depression and anxiety, running is one of the ways that I practice self-care.

Now's your chance to ask me anything! Please write your questions in the comments section below and I'll answer the questions live on Thursday, October 20th at 3 pm ET. 

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  • OG Mack Drama
    almost 3 years ago Scottsdale, AZ, United States

    ok be honest, Your really a Pittsburgh Steelers fan like myself right? ha ha #SteelersNation #TeamHillaryCMadamePresident2017

    ok be honest, Your really a Pittsburgh Steelers fan like myself right? ha ha #SteelersNation #TeamHillaryCMadamePresident2017

  • Bobbi-Sue Doyle-Hazard
    Bobbi-Sue Doyle-Hazard Assistant General Counsel, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    almost 3 years ago Tampa Bay, Florida

    Thank you, all, for your questions. This was fun! You can follow me on twitter: @bobbisue or reach out to me on Linkedin if you have any other questions. Make sure to root for the Bucs this season!! And, if you are in the Tampa area and looking to add a friend to your family, please check out the rescue I work with at: http://maxxandme.org/. Have a great rest of your week!

    Thank you, all, for your questions. This was fun! You can follow me on twitter: @bobbisue or reach out to me on Linkedin if you have any other questions. Make sure to root for the Bucs this season!! And, if you are in the Tampa area and looking to add a friend to your family, please check out the rescue I work with at: http://maxxandme.org/. Have a great rest of your week!

  • ajohnson06
    almost 3 years ago

    What's your best tip for balancing personal and professional? How do you create a healthy work/life balance when you have such a demanding career?

    What's your best tip for balancing personal and professional? How do you create a healthy work/life balance when you have such a demanding career?

    • Bobbi-Sue Doyle-Hazard
      Bobbi-Sue Doyle-Hazard Assistant General Counsel, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
      almost 3 years ago Tampa Bay, Florida

      For me, it's a tad easier than those with families. I am single and have no children other than my furballs. I moved down from Massachusetts for the job and my boss was very good about making sure I didn't "live" in the office. I try to make sure to do things that I know I need to do for myself in order to function at my highest levels. There is always more work that can be done. However, if something isn't urgent, and I am at a good stopping point at the end of the day, I leave. Some days it's 5:30 pm other days it's 10:00 pm. On those days when I can leave, I make sure to get enough sleep and to do something that makes me happy. It is important to know what you need in order to recharge and center yourself.

      For me, it's a tad easier than those with families. I am single and have no children other than my furballs. I moved down from Massachusetts for the job and my boss was very good about making sure I didn't "live" in the office. I try to make sure to do things that I know I need to do for myself in order to function at my highest levels. There is always more work that can be done. However, if something isn't urgent, and I am at a good stopping point at the end of the day, I leave. Some days it's 5:30 pm other days it's 10:00 pm. On those days when I can leave, I make sure to get enough sleep and to do something that makes me happy. It is important to know what you need in order to recharge and center yourself.

  • Bobbi-Sue Doyle-Hazard
    Bobbi-Sue Doyle-Hazard Assistant General Counsel, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    almost 3 years ago Tampa Bay, Florida

    Hi, everyone! I'm here live to answer your questions for the next hour. I'll be starting with questions posted prior to going live but will also be answering any new ones you post. Now's your time to ask me anything!!

    Hi, everyone! I'm here live to answer your questions for the next hour. I'll be starting with questions posted prior to going live but will also be answering any new ones you post. Now's your time to ask me anything!!

  • m_fly
    almost 3 years ago

    Bobbi-Sue, thanks so much for taking the time to answer questions. What is something you know now about working in sports that you wish you knew at the beginning of your career?

    Bobbi-Sue, thanks so much for taking the time to answer questions. What is something you know now about working in sports that you wish you knew at the beginning of your career?

    • Bobbi-Sue Doyle-Hazard
      Bobbi-Sue Doyle-Hazard Assistant General Counsel, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
      almost 3 years ago Tampa Bay, Florida

      I wish I knew how nice and supportive everyone is! I knew that my boss, in particular, was very nice and open to speaking with people interested in sports law. I didn't know everyone would be like that. Had I known that, I might have reached out to more people earlier on.

      I wish I knew how nice and supportive everyone is! I knew that my boss, in particular, was very nice and open to speaking with people interested in sports law. I didn't know everyone would be like that. Had I known that, I might have reached out to more people earlier on.

  • Default
    Guest
    almost 3 years ago

    Did you ever think you would work in professional sports? Looking back, are you happy the road was full of twists and turns, including the struggles? How did you get through the hard times where self-doubt came in?

    Did you ever think you would work in professional sports? Looking back, are you happy the road was full of twists and turns, including the struggles? How did you get through the hard times where self-doubt came in?

    • Bobbi-Sue Doyle-Hazard
      Bobbi-Sue Doyle-Hazard Assistant General Counsel, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
      almost 3 years ago Tampa Bay, Florida

      It was my dream to work in sports. I went to UMass specifically for their Sport Management program. We were required to take an Intro to Sports Law class and I fell in love. I took all other sports law-related electives and chose to stay an extra year to get an additional degree in legal studies. I am a big believer that the struggles you go through in life are what make you who you are. While it would have been "easier" to go straight into sports law, I may not have been as grateful and as good of an attorney as I am now. I leaned on my circle of close friends, mentors, and advocates. To this day, that is how I get through moments of self-doubt. You need to surround yourself with people who are smarter than you, have more experience than you, and who care about you.

      It was my dream to work in sports. I went to UMass specifically for their Sport Management program. We were required to take an Intro to Sports Law class and I fell in love. I took all other sports law-related electives and chose to stay an extra year to get an additional degree in legal studies. I am a big believer that the struggles you go through in life are what make you who you are. While it would have been "easier" to go straight into sports law, I may not have been as grateful and as good of an attorney as I am now. I leaned on my circle of close friends, mentors, and advocates. To this day, that is how I get through moments of self-doubt. You need to surround yourself with people who are smarter than you, have more experience than you, and who care about you.

  • Default
    Guest
    almost 3 years ago

    Do you think there will ever be female football teams?

    Do you think there will ever be female football teams?

    • Bobbi-Sue Doyle-Hazard
      Bobbi-Sue Doyle-Hazard Assistant General Counsel, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
      almost 3 years ago Tampa Bay, Florida

      I think there are some leagues out there but not quite as prominent. I truly hope that we have a "major" football league for women at some point. I met this extraordinary 9 year old a few weeks back who has been playing tackle football with and against boys for 5 years! She has so much determination and wants so badly to play when she's older. I hope we can make that happen for her!

      I think there are some leagues out there but not quite as prominent. I truly hope that we have a "major" football league for women at some point. I met this extraordinary 9 year old a few weeks back who has been playing tackle football with and against boys for 5 years! She has so much determination and wants so badly to play when she's older. I hope we can make that happen for her!

  • Bethany Heinrich
    Bethany Heinrich Mogul Influencer
    almost 3 years ago New York, NY, United States

    Hi Bobbi Sue! It's such a pleasure to have you here on Mogul. Have you ever experienced a moment working in sports where you felt there were misogynistic statements made? If so, how did you handle the situation?

    Hi Bobbi Sue! It's such a pleasure to have you here on Mogul. Have you ever experienced a moment working in sports where you felt there were misogynistic statements made? If so, how did you handle the situation?

    • Bobbi-Sue Doyle-Hazard
      Bobbi-Sue Doyle-Hazard Assistant General Counsel, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
      almost 3 years ago Tampa Bay, Florida

      Luckily, I have not encountered that in my current position. There have been instances in my past when I needed to navigate a situation like that. For example, a sales person at a prior company once said to me upon learning my age "Oh, I get it. You're just trying to be a big girl with that attitude." I flat out told him that I was doing my job and making sure the interests of the company were being met. In other instances, when I was really shocked by something that happened I reached out to mentors or other women I could trust to discuss. This helped me learn how to react in the moment and when to report something that is over the line.

      Luckily, I have not encountered that in my current position. There have been instances in my past when I needed to navigate a situation like that. For example, a sales person at a prior company once said to me upon learning my age "Oh, I get it. You're just trying to be a big girl with that attitude." I flat out told him that I was doing my job and making sure the interests of the company were being met. In other instances, when I was really shocked by something that happened I reached out to mentors or other women I could trust to discuss. This helped me learn how to react in the moment and when to report something that is over the line.

  • Tiffany Hubert
    Tiffany Hubert Sistas In Sports
    almost 3 years ago

    Good Morning Bobbi-Sue, what challenges do you face representing such a public organization like a professional football team, that you would not face representing a company in the private sector?

    Good Morning Bobbi-Sue, what challenges do you face representing such a public organization like a professional football team, that you would not face representing a company in the private sector?

    • Bobbi-Sue Doyle-Hazard
      Bobbi-Sue Doyle-Hazard Assistant General Counsel, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
      almost 3 years ago Tampa Bay, Florida

      I think the biggest challenge is the fact that you have to always be on. Even when you are not "working" you are a face of the organization. Your actions and words will be scrutinized a bit more. For me, as someone who hasn't always had the best "filter," I have to be extra aware of what I am doing and saying at all times.

      I think the biggest challenge is the fact that you have to always be on. Even when you are not "working" you are a face of the organization. Your actions and words will be scrutinized a bit more. For me, as someone who hasn't always had the best "filter," I have to be extra aware of what I am doing and saying at all times.

  • glasshalffull100
    almost 3 years ago

    I think your job sounds really great. What's your advice to other women who want to go into sports as a career?

    I think your job sounds really great. What's your advice to other women who want to go into sports as a career?

    • Bobbi-Sue Doyle-Hazard
      Bobbi-Sue Doyle-Hazard Assistant General Counsel, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
      almost 3 years ago Tampa Bay, Florida

      My advice to women would be the same as it is to men: Make connections. Getting into the sports industry is so much about who you know. That said, you have to be able to hard work and do a good job or it won’t matter who you know. Had I not known my boss previously, it’s unlikely that I would have even heard about the open position. It was not posted. It was only circulated to a few trusted people within my boss’s network. Learn everything you can about the industry, meet people within the industry, go to industry conferences that make sense for what you want to do. So, if you want to be a sports lawyer, join the Sports Lawyers’ Association and attend the conference. Put yourself out there and maintain the relationships. Get to know these people as people and not just as a way to get into the industry. Send them holiday cards, birthday cards, congratulate them via email when you see an article about a big accomplishment. When you interview, send a handwritten thank you note on nice personalized stationary. These little things help you stand out and create a personal connection.

      My advice to women would be the same as it is to men: Make connections. Getting into the sports industry is so much about who you know. That said, you have to be able to hard work and do a good job or it won’t matter who you know. Had I not known my boss previously, it’s unlikely that I would have even heard about the open position. It was not posted. It was only circulated to a few trusted people within my boss’s network. Learn everything you can about the industry, meet people within the industry, go to industry conferences that make sense for what you want to do. So, if you want to be a sports lawyer, join the Sports Lawyers’ Association and attend the conference. Put yourself out there and maintain the relationships. Get to know these people as people and not just as a way to get into the industry. Send them holiday cards, birthday cards, congratulate them via email when you see an article about a big accomplishment. When you interview, send a handwritten thank you note on nice personalized stationary. These little things help you stand out and create a personal connection.

  • Sally22
    almost 3 years ago

    Your job sounds very cool. What's it like working with so many professional football players?

    Your job sounds very cool. What's it like working with so many professional football players?

    • Bobbi-Sue Doyle-Hazard
      Bobbi-Sue Doyle-Hazard Assistant General Counsel, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
      almost 3 years ago Tampa Bay, Florida

      Working with players is interesting. First of all, they are very large human beings. I’m 5’5 ½” and wear heels most days. These guys make me feel like a tiny little peanut. It’s great! Also, it’s so easy to forget how young they are. You see them as these big guys who run each other down on the field and think they must be older than they are. In reality, most of them are under the age of 30. They have these fabulous personalities and are so driven. The human aspect of our business is something you don’t often get a glimpse at from the outside. I am truly lucky to be in the position I am and to be able to see these guys not just as tackle machines but as people.

      Working with players is interesting. First of all, they are very large human beings. I’m 5’5 ½” and wear heels most days. These guys make me feel like a tiny little peanut. It’s great! Also, it’s so easy to forget how young they are. You see them as these big guys who run each other down on the field and think they must be older than they are. In reality, most of them are under the age of 30. They have these fabulous personalities and are so driven. The human aspect of our business is something you don’t often get a glimpse at from the outside. I am truly lucky to be in the position I am and to be able to see these guys not just as tackle machines but as people.

  • MaryPflumPeterson
    almost 3 years ago

    Hi Bobbi-Sue - So great to have you answering questions here. Were you a football fan growing up? Who did you root for then? And what is a typical day like for you during football season?

    Hi Bobbi-Sue - So great to have you answering questions here. Were you a football fan growing up? Who did you root for then? And what is a typical day like for you during football season?

    • Bobbi-Sue Doyle-Hazard
      Bobbi-Sue Doyle-Hazard Assistant General Counsel, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
      almost 3 years ago Tampa Bay, Florida

      Growing up, my family was a football and baseball family. Red Sox and Patriots!! I have loved sports my entire life. There is no typical day. One day I can be focused on a sponsorship deal and the next it could be game day and I'm wandering around the stadium. The best part of my job (other than the fact that it's in sports) is that each day is something a little different.

      Growing up, my family was a football and baseball family. Red Sox and Patriots!! I have loved sports my entire life. There is no typical day. One day I can be focused on a sponsorship deal and the next it could be game day and I'm wandering around the stadium. The best part of my job (other than the fact that it's in sports) is that each day is something a little different.

  • DANNAHAYDAR
    almost 3 years ago

    2 questions for you: (1) In your opinion, what is the biggest misconception about working as in-house counsel for a professional sports franchise?; and (2) what is your all-time favorite 'hashtag' (whether used by you personally or seen used by someone else)?

    2 questions for you: (1) In your opinion, what is the biggest misconception about working as in-house counsel for a professional sports franchise?; and (2) what is your all-time favorite 'hashtag' (whether used by you personally or seen used by someone else)?

    • Bobbi-Sue Doyle-Hazard
      Bobbi-Sue Doyle-Hazard Assistant General Counsel, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
      almost 3 years ago Tampa Bay, Florida

      The biggest misconception, that I’ve encountered, is that I: a) negotiate player contracts; and b) act as personal counsel for the players. In our league, the player contracts are pretty standardized. We have someone internally whose primary focus is on player contracts and deals. He works directly with our General Manager and is separated a bit from the legal department. As for being personal counsel, just like in-house counsel at any company, my “client” is the organization as a whole. I do not represent any individual. Hashtags! So I use hashtags way too much and for no reason other than to be funny. A couple of my favorites are: #SportsLaw, #SiegeThe Day (our Buccaneers tag-line), and #TeamTampaBay . I appreciate people who can laugh at themselves so anytime someone uses #NailedIt, I know it will be funny.

      The biggest misconception, that I’ve encountered, is that I: a) negotiate player contracts; and b) act as personal counsel for the players. In our league, the player contracts are pretty standardized. We have someone internally whose primary focus is on player contracts and deals. He works directly with our General Manager and is separated a bit from the legal department. As for being personal counsel, just like in-house counsel at any company, my “client” is the organization as a whole. I do not represent any individual. Hashtags! So I use hashtags way too much and for no reason other than to be funny. A couple of my favorites are: #SportsLaw, #SiegeThe Day (our Buccaneers tag-line), and #TeamTampaBay . I appreciate people who can laugh at themselves so anytime someone uses #NailedIt, I know it will be funny.

  • Tiffany Pham
    Tiffany Pham Founder & CEO, Mogul
    almost 3 years ago New York, NY, USA

    What has been one of the most surreal experiences you've had being part of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers? What has been one of your proudest moments?

    What has been one of the most surreal experiences you've had being part of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers? What has been one of your proudest moments?

    • Bobbi-Sue Doyle-Hazard
      Bobbi-Sue Doyle-Hazard Assistant General Counsel, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
      almost 3 years ago Tampa Bay, Florida

      There have been and continue to be so many surreal experiences. I am fortunate to be with an organization that is very active in the community. We often have tables at various fundraising galas. Luckily, I get invited to these especially when someone is unable to attend at the last minute. At one of these galas, I met, and have subsequently become friends with, an actor from a show that I have watched since college. OK, fine, it’s General Hospital….(you can laugh). Meeting him in and of itself was surreal but then he introduced me to other actors that were there, and I introduced him to players. I used it as an opportunity to introduce myself to one of our former players and the incomparable Jim Brown. These people are legends and here I was hanging out with them! The entire night was a completely surreal experience and I had to pinch myself multiple times. I don’t often get “star struck” but there was definitely some fangirling going on that evening, As for my proudest, I’ll never forget my first game and walking around the field pre-game, seeing everything I had a hand in (with contracts or negotiations, ideas, etc.) falling into place. There was tangible proof of my hard work and it was so exciting to see. I am also so very proud of the work our organization does in the community. Each year we have a day of service when we all go to either a local Title I or Title II school, or community center, and do legitimate labor to spruce it up or interact with the kids and teachers. We make a real difference and I love that.

      There have been and continue to be so many surreal experiences. I am fortunate to be with an organization that is very active in the community. We often have tables at various fundraising galas. Luckily, I get invited to these especially when someone is unable to attend at the last minute. At one of these galas, I met, and have subsequently become friends with, an actor from a show that I have watched since college. OK, fine, it’s General Hospital….(you can laugh). Meeting him in and of itself was surreal but then he introduced me to other actors that were there, and I introduced him to players. I used it as an opportunity to introduce myself to one of our former players and the incomparable Jim Brown. These people are legends and here I was hanging out with them! The entire night was a completely surreal experience and I had to pinch myself multiple times. I don’t often get “star struck” but there was definitely some fangirling going on that evening, As for my proudest, I’ll never forget my first game and walking around the field pre-game, seeing everything I had a hand in (with contracts or negotiations, ideas, etc.) falling into place. There was tangible proof of my hard work and it was so exciting to see. I am also so very proud of the work our organization does in the community. Each year we have a day of service when we all go to either a local Title I or Title II school, or community center, and do legitimate labor to spruce it up or interact with the kids and teachers. We make a real difference and I love that.


Bobbi-Sue Doyle-Hazard
Assistant General Counsel, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bobbi-Sue Doyle-Hazard is the Assistant General Counsel for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and host of Leveling The Playing Field - a podcast featuring women who work in sport. Bobbi-Sue attended UMass (Amherst) where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management and a Bachelor of Arts in Legal [...]

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