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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
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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
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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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Lawyer
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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
P +44.(0)20.7360.8168
Partner
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Senior 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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Partner
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Partner
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Counsel
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Special Counsel
P +61.3.9640.4297
Partner
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Partner
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Partner
P +1.206.370.6658
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Betting/Gaming and Hospitality/Travel Tours Experience
Represented an organization on all aspects of the establishment of the Twickenham hospitality experience, a joint venture with the national governing body of rugby union, the Rugby Football Union, and owner of the Twickenham stadium where England's international matches are played.
Finance, Stadium Construction and Antitrust, Competition, and Regulatory Experience
Represented a commercial rights buyer on an international investigation into ticket distribution for a major sports World Cup competition and a leading U.K. press agency on various issues relating to the supply and pricing of data.
Negotiated the design and build contract for the Commonwealth Games 2002 Stadium in Manchester, England and ground-sharing arrangements between leading U.K. rugby clubs and soccer clubs.
Represented a leading national governing body on European and U.K. competition law issues and a leading U.K. venue owner on the legality and competition law implications of certain proposed changes by its sport's world governing body.
Represented leading U.K. soccer clubs and a national dog racing club on competition law issues relating to the supply of data and associated database rights and the legality of certain license fees.
Represented U.K. investment banks on ”transflo” funding which provides sophisticated and specialized lending for transfers of soccer players between clubs and on a proposed securitization of revenues from a pool of leading U.K. professional soccer clubs.
Leagues, Governing Bodies, Major Events, and Club/Franchise Experience
Representation of the joint venture entities representing the top 24 professional U.K. rugby union clubs on establishing and structuring the new professional game, and concluded negotiations with the Rugby Football Union to establish the new professional structure of the U.K. rugby union.
Represented listed U.K. premiership soccer club on a variety of matters, including a strategic media rights deal with leading U.K. broadcaster.
Representation of a U.S. NASCAR racing team and the U.K. governing body of motor racing on various matters relating to their commercial and media rights.
Represented National Basketball Association (NBA) member team in all personnel-related issues and in connection with league matters involving the NBA Board of Governors.