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It’s about winning and how you play the game
Superstar athletes and sports franchises are merely the public faces of a multi-billion dollar business infrastructure that operates in increasingly complex and specialized ways. Money flows in and out from countless revenue streams. The fans, the media, and the government are scrutinizing every move every player makes. Never before has the highly skilled sports lawyer been such an important member of the team.
Manatt has been servicing clients in the sports industry for decades. Its alumni include famous sports agents and a former name partner who went on to become the first Commissioner of Major League Soccer.
Many firms only specialize in one aspect of sports law. Thanks to its broad sports-related client base, Manatt offers a broad range of services for all your sports-related needs. The attorneys in Manatt’s Sports Law Practice Group are thought leaders in the industry, providing counsel on complex business deals, public policy, and litigation to athletes, sports leagues, universities, public sports authorities, corporate sponsors, and a wide range of other industry stakeholders.
With offices in the media capitals of New York and Los Angeles, we offer sports industry clients unsurpassed advertising and marketing law capabilities to manage multi-million dollar sponsorship agreements between leading cable and broadcast sports networks and sports media giants. We’re also skilled sports litigators with deep resources in related practice areas, including real estate and land use, intellectual property, employment and labor, public finance, construction, and tax law.
Thanks to new practices such as deferred compensation and talent buyouts, deals and contracts are more sophisticated. When managing deals, we ensure every issue is addressed, every opportunity is explored, and every base is covered. We also have experience in international sports transactions, enabling foreign interests to own profitable domestic franchises and allowing U.S. franchises to reach a global audience.
Sophisticated testing for performance-enhancing substances has become routine, creating legal and public relations minefields for players, coaches, and owners as well as an irresistible narrative for sports journalists and reporters. We’ll look at every point of vulnerability in your organization to better protect you from controversy.
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