Global growth in the popularity of sports and the availability of multimedia platforms, together with innovation in the design and operation of facilities, has created a high-profile, multibillion dollar industry with worldwide reach and influence. That growth has been accompanied by a corresponding increase in the complexity and importance of the legal issues facing the industry. Our Sports Law Group has been the leader in the field for 50 years, providing all aspects of legal service to the world’s major sports leagues and teams, their owners and executives and their marketing, media and intellectual property affiliates. We resolve the business issues and disputes that arise daily in this highly competitive sector by applying the multidisciplinary capabilities of our sports law team, which includes lawyers experienced in corporate, labor, litigation, antitrust, real estate, bankruptcy, intellectual property, new media and tax matters.
We are widely considered the go-to firm for sports-related matters, from bet-the-company disputes to high-profile collective bargaining negotiations, the purchase and sale of teams, complex financings, the naming of stadiums, formation of new leagues and high-stakes contract negotiations. We were named “Sports Law Firm of the Year” by U.S. News & World Report-Best Lawyers and were ranked as the “Sports Practice of the Year” by Chambers USA, which also recognized us as “the nation’s leading sports practice,” with a “dream team of lawyers” having “the finest skills in the country” and “a superbly rounded practice, with great people, great skills and a great working knowledge of the field.” In short, our lawyers don’t just know this industry – they lead it.
Areas of Focus
Purchase and Sale of Teams
Stadium Construction and Financing
Collective Bargaining and Employment Law
New Media Rights
Bankruptcy and Restructuring
The ATP Tour in multiple antitrust suits brought by tournaments and players alleging conspiracies and monopolization of the market for top tier men’s professional tennis tournaments, including a precedent-setting jury verdict against the Hamburg tournament sustaining the overall structure of the Tour, which was unanimously affirmed on appeal
PAC-12 in its groundbreaking deals with ESPN and Fox and the launch of the PAC-12 Networks
The New York Jets and other entities in the lease, development and financing of a $1.6 billion National Football League stadium, the largest financing of its kind
Collective bargaining with players’ unions on behalf of Major League Baseball, National Basketball Assocation, National Football League, National Hockey League, Major League Soccer and Women's National Basketball Association
Playing the primary role in spearheading the accessibility compliance work and disability policy issues for the New York Yankees regarding the development, construction and operation of the new Yankee Stadium
Various MLB clubs in player salary arbitration proceedings
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