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Steven B. Smith

Partner

, Bryan Cave LLP
Colorado Springs

Tel

1 719 381 8457

Fax

1 719 381 9057
steve.smith@bryancave.com
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Steven B. Smith

Partner


Colorado Springs



90 South Cascade Avenue
Suite 1300
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903

Phone:

1 719 381 8457

Fax:

1 719 381 9057

email:

steve.smith@bryancave.com

Steven Smith is a partner in the Colorado Springs office. His practice focuses on sports law, including naming rights, sponsorships, licensing agreements, stadium operations, television and media contracts, and representing leagues and National Governing Bodies. Mr. Smith has been recognized as a "Leader in His Field" for Sports Law by Chambers USA 2011.

  • Naming Rights Agreements. Mr. Smith has advised, and negotiated on behalf of, both corporate sponsors and sports properties on all aspects of naming rights agreements. The total value of those agreements exceeds $1B. Representative deals include Progressive Field (Cleveland), Oracle Arena (Oakland), Ameriquest Field (Arlington, TX), Qwest Field (Seattle), the 02 (London), Honda Center (Anaheim), Bank of America Stadium (Carolina), Qwest Arena (Boise) and TD Ameritrade Park (Omaha).
  • Sponsorships and Licensing Agreements. Mr. Smith has completed sponsorship and licensing agreements valued in excess of $1.5B. He has advised VISA, USA, and Progressive Insurance on general sponsorship matters. He also represented Ameriquest in its sponsorship of the Super Bowl Halftime Show, several major league baseball teams and the California Speedway. Mr. Smith has also been heavily involved in sponsorships with National Governing Bodies, including USA Swimming's recent sponsorships with AT&T, BMW and Marriott, as well as U.S. Speedskating's deals with Verizon and The Colbert Nation.
  • Stadium Operations. A central part of Mr. Smith's practice includes advising clients on contracts involving stadium operations, such as ticketing, concessions, pouring rights, advertising, and television.
  • Television and Media Contracts. Mr. Smith has represented a number of sports properties in all aspects of television and media agreements. He has completed deals with most major sports networks, including ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox Sports, ESPN, ESPN2, and OLN/Versus, both domestically and internationally. In 2007, he completed negotiations on the LPGA-TOA television revenue sharing agreements. He has also advised clients on a number of agreements involving transmission of events over the Internet and other digital media.
  • Leagues and National Governing Bodies. Mr. Smith currently represents a number of leagues, such as the Pacific Coast League of Professional Baseball Clubs, as well as International Federations and National Governing Bodies in the Olympic movement. He regularly advises clients on athlete eligibility matters, agreements for use of athlete images, team selection, sponsorships and licensing agreements, event agreements, television and other media deals, protection of intellectual property, and general issues of corporate law.

Professional Affiliations

  • Colorado (El Paso County) Bar Association
  • Sports Lawyers Association

Civic Involvement and Honors

  • Colorado Springs Sports Corporation, Board of Directors
  • Vision Trust International, Board of Directors
  • Rotary Foundation, Fellow to Geneva, Switzerland, 1987–1988
  • Board of Elders, The Gathering at Jackson Creek
  • Chambers & Partners USA, National recognition in Sports Law, 2011
  • Colorado Springs Business Journal Top 40 Business Leaders Under Age 40 (2000)

Steven Smith is a partner in the Colorado Springs office. His practice focuses on sports law, including naming rights, sponsorships, licensing agreements, stadium operations, television and media contracts, and representing leagues and National Governing Bodies. Mr. Smith has been recognized as a "Leader in His Field" for Sports Law by Chambers USA 2011.

  • Naming Rights Agreements. Mr. Smith has advised, and negotiated on behalf of, both corporate sponsors and sports properties on all aspects of naming rights agreements. The total value of those agreements exceeds $1B. Representative deals include Progressive Field (Cleveland), Oracle Arena (Oakland), Ameriquest Field (Arlington, TX), Qwest Field (Seattle), the 02 (London), Honda Center (Anaheim), Bank of America Stadium (Carolina), Qwest Arena (Boise) and TD Ameritrade Park (Omaha).
  • Sponsorships and Licensing Agreements. Mr. Smith has completed sponsorship and licensing agreements valued in excess of $1.5B. He has advised VISA, USA, and Progressive Insurance on general sponsorship matters. He also represented Ameriquest in its sponsorship of the Super Bowl Halftime Show, several major league baseball teams and the California Speedway. Mr. Smith has also been heavily involved in sponsorships with National Governing Bodies, including USA Swimming's recent sponsorships with AT&T, BMW and Marriott, as well as U.S. Speedskating's deals with Verizon and The Colbert Nation.
  • Stadium Operations. A central part of Mr. Smith's practice includes advising clients on contracts involving stadium operations, such as ticketing, concessions, pouring rights, advertising, and television.
  • Television and Media Contracts. Mr. Smith has represented a number of sports properties in all aspects of television and media agreements. He has completed deals with most major sports networks, including ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox Sports, ESPN, ESPN2, and OLN/Versus, both domestically and internationally. In 2007, he completed negotiations on the LPGA-TOA television revenue sharing agreements. He has also advised clients on a number of agreements involving transmission of events over the Internet and other digital media.
  • Leagues and National Governing Bodies. Mr. Smith currently represents a number of leagues, such as the Pacific Coast League of Professional Baseball Clubs, as well as International Federations and National Governing Bodies in the Olympic movement. He regularly advises clients on athlete eligibility matters, agreements for use of athlete images, team selection, sponsorships and licensing agreements, event agreements, television and other media deals, protection of intellectual property, and general issues of corporate law.

Select Representations

  • Represented El Paso Chihuahuas in naming rights agreement for new stadium (February 2014)
  • Negotiated television agreements between the Mountain West Conference and ESPN and CBS (2013-14)
  • Negotiated Dolby Theater Naming Rights Agreement for the home of the Academy Awards (May 2012)
  • Successfully defended the World Tenpin Bowling Association in a contract dispute before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (March 2011)
  • Pacific Coast League Workout of Memphis Redbirds Franchise (November 2010)
  • Mountain West Conference Entry Agreement with Boise State University (August 2010)
  • USA Swimming Sponsorship Agreement with Marriott (June 2010)
  • USA Swimming Sponsorship Agreement with AT&T (December 2009)
  • U.S. Speedskating Sponsorship Agreement with The Colbert Nation (November 2009)
  • USA Basketball Marketing Rights Agreement with NBA (May 2009)
  • TD Ameritrade Naming Rights Agreement for College World Series Park in Omaha (June 2009)
  • World University Games Television Agreement with Fox College Sports (August 2008)
  • Progressive Casualty Insurance Company Title Sponsorship of Automotive X Prize (March 2008)
  • Progressive Casualty Insurance Company Naming Rights Agreement with Cleveland Indians (January 2008)
  • LPGA-Tournament Owners Association Revenue Sharing Agreement (December 2007)
  • Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association-Wrangler Title Sponsorship of National Finals Rodeo (May 2007)
  • Oracle-Golden State Warriors Naming Rights Agreement (October 2006)
  • Anaheim Mighty Ducks Naming Rights Agreement with Honda Motor Company (July 2006)
  • USA Swimming Sponsorship Agreement with Toyota (March 2005)
  • Ameriquest - NFL Super Bowl Halftime Sponsorship (2004)
  • Seattle Seahawks - Naming Rights Agreement with Owest Communications (June 2004)
  • Ameriquest - Naming Rights Agreement with Texas Rangers (May 2004)
  • Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association - Television Agreements with CBS, ESPN and OLN (2002-03);
  • U.S. Speedskating - Successful Defense against Claims of Race Fixing by Athletes (January 2002)
  • Savvis Center (St. Louis, MO) Arena Naming Rights Agreement (August 1999)

Bar and Court Admissions

Colorado, 1991

Education

University of Michigan, J.D., 1991

Harvard University, A.B., magna cum laude, 1987

Professional Affiliations

  • Colorado (El Paso County) Bar Association
  • Sports Lawyers Association

Civic Involvement and Honors

  • Colorado Springs Sports Corporation, Board of Directors
  • Vision Trust International, Board of Directors
  • Rotary Foundation, Fellow to Geneva, Switzerland, 1987–1988
  • Board of Elders, The Gathering at Jackson Creek
  • Chambers & Partners USA, National recognition in Sports Law, 2011
  • Colorado Springs Business Journal Top 40 Business Leaders Under Age 40 (2000)