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.
Proskauer’s 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 industry by applying the multidisciplinary capabilities of our 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. U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” named us “Sports Law Firm of the Year.” Chambers USA ranked us as the “Sports Practice of the Year” and 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
The ATP World 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. This includes 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
The New York Yankees in spearheading the accessibility compliance work and disability policy issues regarding the development, construction and operation of the new Yankee Stadium
Various Major League Baseball clubs in player salary arbitration proceedings
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