As major sports organizations have become more global, their need for multi-jurisdictional legal services has increased. It is essential these organizations retain lawyers experienced in the sports law of the operative jurisdictions to achieve their desired objectives. Our sports industry team offers experience and knowledge on a national and international basis from decades of dedicated practice in the numerous legal disciplines at play in the sports industry, including commercial rights, intellectual property, media, entertainment, transactional, finance, branding, endorsing and merchandising, franchising, tax, antitrust, competition and regulatory, labor and employment, employee benefits, real estate, construction, and corporate restructuring, as well as dispute resolution.
We have used these skills to assist in many highly significant transactions and in dispute resolution matters for leading global, U.S., European, and U.K. sports-governing bodies, professional sports teams and franchises, leagues, athletes (both amateur and professional), sponsors (global and domestic), broadcasting personalities, mobile networks and on-line operators, merchandisers, hospitality and travel companies, betting and gaming operators, and financiers, as well as sports businesses and promoters.
Our team includes the former in-house counsel to a world-famous NASCAR racing team, the head of USA Rugby and the former United States' representative on the International Rugby Board, and a director of the European Sponsorship Association, the voice of the sponsorship industry in Europe. Members of our team lecture widely on sports issues domestically and overseas and write regularly for leading publications. We also co-authored the leading U.K. textbook on sports law, "Butterworth: Sports Law & Practice.”