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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 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.”

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Anti-Counterfeiting, Brand Protection, and Dispute Resolution
Represented multiple amateur athletes and member institutions in litigation against the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and state high school athletic associations with respect to eligibility and disqualification from interscholastic competition.
Represented clients in disputes with broadcasters over broadcasting of events and promoters in disputes with services providers and athletes, as well as an NBA member franchise in NBA player arbitration matters.
Represented clients in litigating disputes regarding the use of copyright, trademarks, trade dress, ideas, rights of publicity, music, and other properties, as well as the contours of parody and First Amendment rights.
Represented a leading hospitality company in a dispute regarding the provision of hospitality services at a national stadium.
Represented national governing bodies, and clubs against national governing bodies, in a number of disputes, including defending a governing body against legal challenges made to its disciplinary decisions and disputes over media rights to European competition matches.
Represented a national sports entertainment company, two national governing bodies, and a national sports league in nationwide copyright and trademark enforcement actions, including obtaining emergency seizure orders and overseeing on-site seizure and impoundment activity.
Represented a national sports entertainment company in virtually every conceivable kind of dispute, including wrongful death claims, defamation claims, trademark and copyright disputes, intellectual property claims, sexual harassment claims, and contractual claims. In the area of defamation, we obtained a multi-million dollar settlement against a nonprofit media watchdog outfit and successfully defended against defamation cases.
Represented a rugby club in what the press heralded as one of the largest multi-million dollar judgments in favor of such a club arising out of a negligent valuation of its stadium in the context of the sale of the club house and ground.
Betting/Gaming and Hospitality/Travel Tours Experience
Represented a joint venture of hospitality providers on its acquisition of the hospitality rights to the Rugby World Cup and various racecourses, football/rugby clubs, and golf events on hospitality and catering arrangements.
Represented an international Off-Track Betting organization operating in the Caribbean region; betting shops, betting pools, and betting exchanges operating in the U.K.; a leading provider of on-line sports-related spread betting; casinos; and organizations developing technology for the funding for on-line casinos and sports betting shops.