General Counsel, ScoutAdvisor
Jack Mula assists pro teams with scouting advancements and organizational development. Mula served as General Counsel of the New England Patriots starting in 1999 and served eight seasons with the team. He was a major contributor to the most prosperous period in the organization’s history. In the last decade, the franchise has celebrated three Super Bowl championships and has become universally recognized as a model professional sports organization. During that time, Mula served as the primary negotiator for the player contracts of each of the team’s draft choices and has worked in concert with Vice President of Player Personnel Scott Pioli on veteran and free agent contracts. In addition, Mula was the club’s legal and business liaison to the NFL Management Council and league office. Mula now assists pro teams with advancements in scouting techniques and with organizational development.
Mula served as legal and administrative counsel to the player personnel department and assisted in legal matters throughout the organization. His responsibilities involved him in the negotiations and reviews of business contracts for the Patriots, Gillette Stadium and the New England Revolution, including sponsorships, promotions, hospitality, naming rights, stadium operations, real estate acquisition, concerts and special events. He was instrumental in the planning and development of Gillette Stadium, working directly with local and state government and the business and residential communities in planning for site access and game day operations.
Prior to joining the Kraft organization, Mula was a successful sports attorney and player agent whose clients included marquee National Football League players. He resurrected the professional career of Doug Flutie, bringing the former Heisman winner back from the Canadian Football League to the NFL, where Flutie flourished and earned Pro Bowl honors with the Buffalo Bills, playing seven NFL seasons in Buffalo and San Diego before returning home when he signed with the Patriots in 2005. Mula’s client list also included Boston College Hall of Famer and five-time NFL All-Pro Fred Smerlas, NFL Rookie of the Year Troy Stradford, Outland Trophy winner and former Patriot draft choice Mike Ruth, All-American and former Super Bowl winner Steve DeOssie, the famous brother tandem of Raghib “Rocket” and Qadry “Missle” Ismail, and current NFL running back Priest Holmes. Mula also negotiated player contracts for Detroit Lions President Matt Millen and former New Orleans Saints Head Coach and current St. Louis Rams Offensive Coordinator Jim Haslett.
Mula was raised in Waltham, Mass., where he was a teammate with Smerlas on the celebrated 1975 Waltham High football team that sent 10 players into Division I college football, still a state record. He also played football and earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1980, where he co-founded the university’s chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He later earned a Juris Doctorate from the New England School of Law.
Mula is a member of the Sports Lawyers Association and a former co-chair of the Boston Bar Association’s Sports and Entertainment Law Committee. He is a former city attorney in Waltham, where he still resides. He remains active in the local sports community and is a frequent guest speaker at local community service organizations and various academic institutions. He and his wife, Pam, have three sons, Ryan, Christian and Evan.