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Our sports practice has been servicing the legal needs of individuals and businesses involved in the sports sector for over 20 years.

We have advised on some of the biggest deals and disputes, involving many of the key operators and stakeholders in the sector, and in relation to some of the world’s leading sports events, personalities and properties, including major professional sports leagues (such as the USL, MLS, NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, AHL, XFL and the Premier League, among others), the Olympic Games, WWE, FIFA World Cup, Cricket World Cup, Rugby World Cups, Formula 1, Americas’ Cup, the Ryder Cup and various eSports properties.

We have a market-leading international team of sport and entertainment lawyers throughout the United States, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East. We offer the benefits of a global business law firm, with a network of experience extending throughout the United States and across the world. Leveraging our global platform, our sports law practice is equipped to provide assistance to clients swiftly and on an informed basis from our offices around the world, utilizing not only our legal skills and local market knowledge, but also our extensive networks and lobbying capabilities.

Our team has deep collective experience representing clients in the sports industry, particularly around:

  • Media rights (ownership, protection, exploitation, strategic joint ventures, and traditional and over-the-top (“OTT”) methods of distribution)
  • Stadium related real estate finance and tax incentives in connection therewith
  • League expansion
  • Acquisition and disposition matters
  • Strategic value-add partnerships between various stakeholders in the sports sector
  • General corporate and financing matters
  • Government relations
  • Sponsorship, naming rights and endorsement deals
  • Event bidding, staging, hosting, participation arrangements, and venue and stadium hire agreements
  • Intellectual property protection
  • Ticketing and hospitality
  • Merchandising
  • Concessionaire agreements
  • Antitrust law
  • Domestic and international regulation
  • Sports integrity (anti-doping, corruption, and investigations)
  • Sports-related litigation

We regularly represent:

  • Governing bodies, professional sports leagues and associations
  • Professional sports clubs and organizations
  • Fortune 500 companies and well-known brands
  • Content providers/programmers
  • Stadium authorities and operators
  • Investors and lenders
  • Sports apparel brands
  • Agencies
  • Athletes and other talent/personalities in the sports sector
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Practice Area Leader - Corporate
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Government Affairs Advisor
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Government Affairs Counselor
P +1.202.778.9223
Partner
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Special Counsel
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Partner
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Partner
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Partner
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Senior Of Counsel
P +1.206.370.6679
Partner
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Senior Associate
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Partner
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Government Affairs Counselor
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Lawyer
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Counsel
Associate
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Partner
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Associate
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Partner
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Lawyer
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Of Counsel
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Associate
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Partner
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Partner
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Partner
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Associate
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Senior Associate
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Partner
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Practice Area Leader - Litigation
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Partner
P +61.3.9640.4430
Senior Associate
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Partner
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Partner
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Associate
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Partner
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Partner
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Partner
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Partner
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Partner
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Partner
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Partner
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Counsel
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Special Counsel
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Partner
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Partner
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Partner
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Anti-Counterfeiting, Brand Protection, and Dispute Resolution
Represented multiple amateur athletes and member institutions in litigation against the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and state high school athletic associations with respect to eligibility and disqualification from interscholastic competition.
Represented clients in disputes with broadcasters over broadcasting of events and promoters in disputes with services providers and athletes, as well as an NBA member franchise in NBA player arbitration matters.
Represented clients in litigating disputes regarding the use of copyright, trademarks, trade dress, ideas, rights of publicity, music, and other properties, as well as the contours of parody and First Amendment rights.
Represented a leading hospitality company in a dispute regarding the provision of hospitality services at a national stadium.
Represented national governing bodies, and clubs against national governing bodies, in a number of disputes, including defending a governing body against legal challenges made to its disciplinary decisions and disputes over media rights to European competition matches.
Represented a national sports entertainment company, two national governing bodies, and a national sports league in nationwide copyright and trademark enforcement actions, including obtaining emergency seizure orders and overseeing on-site seizure and impoundment activity.
Represented a national sports entertainment company in virtually every conceivable kind of dispute, including wrongful death claims, defamation claims, trademark and copyright disputes, intellectual property claims, sexual harassment claims, and contractual claims. In the area of defamation, we obtained a multi-million dollar settlement against a nonprofit media watchdog outfit and successfully defended against defamation cases.
Represented a rugby club in what the press heralded as one of the largest multi-million dollar judgments in favor of such a club arising out of a negligent valuation of its stadium in the context of the sale of the club house and ground.
Betting/Gaming and Hospitality/Travel Tours Experience
Represented a joint venture of hospitality providers on its acquisition of the hospitality rights to the Rugby World Cup and various racecourses, football/rugby clubs, and golf events on hospitality and catering arrangements.
Represented an international Off-Track Betting organization operating in the Caribbean region; betting shops, betting pools, and betting exchanges operating in the U.K.; a leading provider of on-line sports-related spread betting; casinos; and organizations developing technology for the funding for on-line casinos and sports betting shops.