Representations of all 31 NHL hockey clubs and/or their owners, over 20 Premier League, La Liga, Championship and other international football (soccer) clubs across seven countries and teams, owners, players and/or sponsors in each of Major League Baseball, the NBA, the NFL, the NHL and Major League Soccer, as well as the NBA itself and the NCAA. Over 130 different legal projects involving over 400 lawyers for the Olympic Delivery Authority in the build-up to the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games. United States Anti-Doping Agency’s cases against Tour de France winners Lance Armstrong and Floyd Landis, Marion Jones and other gold medal winners. The BALCO scandal and the Mitchell Report on steroid use in baseball. Among the largest known naming rights deals on each side of the Atlantic for Citi Field and The O2, the naming of the Dolby Theatre, home of the Academy Awards, and the Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village adjacent to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Sponsorships of the Super Bowl Halftime Show, NFL Pro Bowl and MLB All Star balloting and USA Basketball’s marketing and licensing deal with the NBA covering the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Men’s and Women’s Olympic Basketball Teams. Major resort, stadium and event venue development, financing and leasing projects, including for Ballpark Village in St. Louis, Beaver Creek Resort, FA National Football Centre at St. George’s Park in London, a Jack Nicklaus golf resort, STAPLES Center, The O2 and The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, and the development, redevelopment or relocation of stadiums for multiple Premier League and Championship international football (soccer) clubs. The sale and purchase of, and investments in, professional sports teams such as the Anaheim Ducks, Arizona Diamondbacks, Denver Broncos, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Los Angeles Kings, Los Angeles Lakers, New England Patriots, New Jersey Devils, Phoenix Coyotes, Phoenix Suns, St. Louis Blues and St. Louis Rams and major entertainment companies like Sony Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and The Walt Disney Company, as well as a variety of cross-border international football (soccer) investments and acquisitions of multiple Premier League football (soccer) clubs and Championship football (soccer) clubs and international football (soccer) club acquisitions in Belgium, Uruguay and Brazil. Over U.S. $400 million in financing deals involving various international football (soccer) clubs in 2017 alone. Endorsement, “influencer” and “celebrity meets internet” deals involving celebrities such as Brazilian soccer player Ronaldinho, Jimmy Connors, Kurt Warner, Brendan Shanahan, Sandra Bullock, Jessica Simpson, Sarah Jessica Parker, Lady Gaga, Bridget Moynahan and Selena Gomez, and trademark work for Troy Polamalu. TV contracts with FOX Sports, NBC, CBS, ABC and ESPN and player contracts for Wayne Gretzky and David Beckham. These are just some of the matters that members of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner’s Sports and Entertainment Group have handled – and some of the experiences that we can draw upon – in representing our valued clients.
The world of sports and entertainment has become a world of big business, and it has quickly become a truly global business. This is true both for sports and entertainment businesses whose ability to compete on the field or the stage is dependent on their ability to generate revenues and compete in the business world and for businesses in other industries increasingly looking to sponsorship opportunities as a means to advertise their products and services. As the complexity – and the stakes – of the business of sports and entertainment continue to grow, we believe that so too does the need for sophisticated counsel with a deep understanding of the issues that matter to you, the experience necessary to effectively and effciently help you achieve your goals and a track record of delivering results for our clients on the matters that mean the most to them.
We are recognized internationally as a leader in sports and entertainment law. We are one of only two law firms in the world recognized by Chambers, a directory of the most widely recommended law firms and lawyers with rankings based on client input, as having one of the leading sports practices in both the United States and the United Kingdom. Chambers commented that the Sports Practice “offers the best possible client service.” Eight times law firm of the year in our various markets since 2004, hundreds of clients across multiple sports and around the world have relied on our lawyers to help grow their businesses, protect their interests and compete. We offer our clients the unique experience and relationships of our over 90 Sports and Entertainment Group members across the United States, in the United Kingdom and across Europe, Asia and the Middle East, practicing in a variety of transactional, litigation, regulatory, real estate and financial institutions practice groups. As a part of one of the largest 50 law firms in the world with over 1,600 lawyers, we can provide our clients the full service capabilities that they require.
Members of the Sports and Entertainment Group currently represent or have represented each of the following representative clients:
Professional Sports Franchises and/or Their Owners
All 31 National Hockey League Clubs
College Football Hall of Fame
Olympic Delivery Authority
Anti-Doping Movement Clients
Australian Anti-Doping Agency
Professional Sports and Entertainment Organizations
Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG)
Real Estate Development and Financing Clients (Sports and Entertainment Industry Matters)