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Sports

The sports industry presents business and legal issues common to other commercial enterprises, but also poses challenges unique and specific to the world of sports.

Our attorneys have substantial experience with the full array of issues of concern to sports interests. We have developed that experience as counsel to the major professional sports leagues, individual teams and their owners, arena and stadium operators, producers and promoters of sports events, media interests, sponsors and advertisers, companies providing security and other services to sports venues, and the organizers of major international events such as the Olympic Games.

We understand the complex business of sports and have provided effective representation in this sector for many years on a broad range of matters involving antitrust, copyright, trademark, bankruptcy, labor, tax, communications, consumer protection, environmental, licensing and advertising, litigation and arbitration, real estate, right of publicity laws, and constitutional questions. We have routinely dealt with these matters in litigations, investigations, transactions, contractual negotiations and disputes and in proceedings before Congress and various federal, state and international agencies – including the Federal Communications Commission, Copyright Office, Copyright Royalty Board, Patent and Trademark Office, World Intellectual Property Organization, Federal Trade Commission, Antitrust Division, Department of Labor, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, state Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and state attorneys general.

Among the matters where we have successfully represented sports interests are those relating to ticketing policies; franchise acquisition and relocation; claims involving players, fans and TV rightsholders; use of player images and team logos; unauthorized domestic and international distribution of sports telecasts via the Internet; valuation and monetization (and international protection) of such telecasts over new and traditional media; stadium construction; financing transactions; bankruptcy; domain name disputes and cancellation of allegedly disparaging trademarks; gambling; franchise sanctions/termination; labor, employment and collective bargaining disputes; and the drafting and negotiation of TV contracts.

Our Sports law attorneys have been recognized as leaders in the field by Chambers, The Legal 500, Who's Who Legal, National Law Journal and Sports Business Journal.

Experience

National Hockey League (NHL) 2017 NHL All-Star game

Representing the NHL with respect to matters relating to the 2017 All-Star game which will take place in Los Angeles in January 2017.

Golden State Warriors StubHub, Inc. v. Golden State Warriors, LLC and Ticketmaster L.L.C.

Obtained dismissal of antitrust lawsuit challenging the defendants' exclusive partnership for ticket resales.

Joint Sports Claimants (JSC) Lead counsel for major sports leagues consortium

Representation in litigation and proceedings involving over a billion dollars in copyright royalty disputes.

Oakland Raiders Bruce Kebric, et al. v. Oakland Raiders

Secured unanimous jury verdict for the Raiders in age discrimination and breach of contract case.

Freedom Soccer Freedom Soccer v. Womens Professional Soccer League

Successfully represented women’s professional soccer franchise in preventing termination of the franchise by the Women’s Professional Soccer League.

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Recognition

The Legal 500 US
Sports (2008-2010, 2014-2017)
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