Proskauer Rose Represents Major League Soccer in Deal to Bring International Soccer Superstar David Beckham to the Los Angeles Galaxy
January 17, 2007 (New York, NY) - Proskauer Rose LLP, an international law firm with over 700 lawyers worldwide - and the home of one of the world's premier sports law practices - has represented Major League Soccer, LLC (MLS) in its landmark deal to bring international soccer superstar David Beckham to the Los Angeles Galaxy.
"We have had a long relationship with Major League Soccer and are extremely proud to be a part of this deal. David Beckham is a true global superstar and his signing with MLS should be a defining moment in the history of this great sport in the United States," said Bradley Ruskin, partner at Proskauer Rose and co-chair of the firm's sports practice.
The deal is unique in professional sports in that MLS functions as a single entity when signing new players, making them employees of the league as opposed to their individual teams. In other major sports leagues, player signings are typically negotiated and finalized by the individual team operators.
In addition to Mr. Ruskin, the Proskauer team representing MLS includes; Joseph Leccese, partner and co-chair of the firm's sports practice, who has been involved in numerous important and high-profile transactions on behalf of professional sports leagues and teams including the recent sale of Major League Baseball's Washington Nationals; Robert Batterman, partner in the Labor & Employment Law Department who serves as chief labor counsel for MLS and the National Hockey League; Howard Robbins, partner in the Labor & Employment Law Department who works with both MLS and the NHL; and Jon Oram, an associate in the Corporate Department and member of the firm's sports practice.
For more than 40 years, Proskauer has represented sports leagues and teams in all aspects of their operations. The firm's lawyers have: advised numerous purchasers and prospective purchasers of professional sports teams; handled numerous sports-related financings with respect to teams, leagues and facilities; negotiated stadium and arena leases and development agreements; advised on joint ventures between sports entities and media and technology companies; negotiated collective bargaining agreements with players, referees, umpires and other game officials; and handled litigations on the panoply of issues affecting the sports business including antitrust, ADA, intellectual property, licensing, bankruptcy, insurance coverage, construction disputes, complex commercial agreements and collective bargaining issues.
Proskauer serves as outside counsel on a broad range of matters to the National Basketball Association, the National Hockey League, Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer, the ATP Tour, the WTA Tour, the WNBA, the New York Jets, the Philadelphia Eagles, the Florida Marlins and the New Jersey Devils as well as their respective marketing and media affiliates. The firm also represents media companies, commercial and investment banks, insurers and other financial institutions in connection with sports-related transactions. In addition, many Proskauer alumni, including NBA Commissioner David Stern and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, hold senior business and legal positions with a variety of sports leagues, sports teams and other sports-related entities.