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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
NameTitleOfficeContact
Practice Area Leader - Corporate
P +61.3.9640.4261
Government Affairs Advisor
P +1.202.661.3865
Government Affairs Counselor
P +1.202.778.9223
Partner
P +61.2.9513.2541
Special Counsel
P +61.8.9216.0956
Partner
P +1.214.939.5510
Partner
P +49.(0)30.220.029.415
Partner
P +1.202.778.9412
Senior Of Counsel
P +1.206.370.6679
Partner
P +61.3.9205.2019
Senior Associate
P +44.(0)20.7360.8256
Partner
P +1.214.939.5496
Government Affairs Counselor
P +1.202.778.9322
Lawyer
P +61.8.9216.0905
Counsel
Associate
P +1.206.370.8090
Partner
P +1.206.370.7805
Associate
P +1.503.226.5782
Partner
P +1.310.552.5547
Lawyer
P +61.8.9216.0921
Of Counsel
P +1.412.355.6488
Associate
P +1.202.778.9413
Partner
P +1.415.882.8082
Lawyer
P +61.8.9216.0932
Partner
P +44.(0)20.7360.8182
Partner
P +1.412.355.8696
Associate
P +1.206.370.8024
Senior Associate
P +44.(0)20.7360.8238
Partner
P +61.3.9640.4342
Practice Area Leader - Litigation
P +44.(0)20.7360.8168
Partner
P +61.3.9640.4430
Senior Associate
P +61.3.9205.2141
Partner
P +44.(0)20.7360.8199
Partner
P +61.3.9640.4354
Partner
P +1.305.539.3328
Partner
P +1.305.539.3306
Partner
P +44.(0)20.7360.8129
Partner
P +61.8.9216.0924
Partner
P +1.919.743.7351
Partner
P +61.3.9640.4364
Partner
P +1.415.882.8053
Counsel
P +1.312.807.4263
Special Counsel
P +61.3.9640.4297
Partner
P +1.412.355.6766
Partner
P +1.312.807.4208
Partner
P +1.206.370.6658
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Leagues, Governing Bodies, Major Events, and Club/Franchise Experience
Nearly two decade-long representation as principal outside counsel of the national sports entertainment organization overseeing professional wrestling, including handling all major litigation matters and business counseling as well as taking the organization public.
Representation of a new professional football league on a range of matters related to its start-up and operation, including patent, trademark, copyright, stadium leases, Internet rights, broadcast rights, and numerous other matters.
Representation of the players’ organization which administers the European Tour of golf on all legal matters as well as the organization overseeing the most famous international golf competition on a range of matters, including the legal structure and commercial rights pertaining to this leading international event.
Representation of the cricket world governing body, including on the first central sale of global media, sponsorship, and other rights to a series of events, including the Cricket World Cups.
Merchandising/Licensing Exploitation Experience
Represented a premier professional wrestling organization on a wide variety of issues related to product licensing, subscription-on-demand licensing, and licensing of television rights to programs as well as litigation of claims involving trademark infringement and publicity rights.
Represented international sporting goods companies on various endorsement agreements with athletes and sponsors and other matters relating to their range of sports merchandise.
Represented a leading golf and cricket products designer and manufacturer on various international manufacturing, distribution, and player endorsement arrangements.
Represented a professional football league on a wide variety of trademark, copyright, and anti-counterfeiting matters, both in litigation and non-litigation contexts.
Represented professional rugby union clubs on the appointment of its merchandising agent and centralized control of brands for onward licensing to merchandisers as well as the leading marketing business on its arrangements with the national governing body of cricket to exploit graphic characters it designed for association with the sport.
Sports Businesses, Agency Arrangements, Sponsorship, and Media Rights Experience
Represented a famous U.K. boxing promoter on matters generally (intellectual property, media, commercial, corporate tax, dispute resolution), including business restructuring.