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 the USL and other major professional sports leagues (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