LitigationIntellectual PropertyChair, Sports Lawemail
Superstar athletes and sports franchises are merely the public faces of a multibillion-dollar business infrastructure that has come to operate in increasingly complex and specialized ways. Money flows in and out from countless revenue streams and the fans, the media and the government scrutinize every players’ every move. Never before has a highly skilled sports lawyer been such an important member of the team.
Manatt’s Sports Law practice has been serving clients in the industry for decades. Our alumni include, in addition to a number of famous sports agents, a former name partner who went on to become the first commissioner of Major League Soccer.
Many firms specialize in only one aspect of sports law. Thanks to our broad sports-related client base, we are able to offer a broad range of services for all your sports-related needs. The attorneys in our Sports Law group are thought leaders in the industry, providing counsel and representation to athletes, sports leagues, universities, public sports authorities, corporate sponsors and a wide range of other industry stakeholders on complex business deals, public policy and litigation.
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 multimillion-dollar sponsorship agreements between leading cable and broadcast sports networks and sports media giants. Our skilled sports litigators frequently draw on the resources of other practices, including real estate and land use, intellectual property, employment and labor, public finance, construction, and tax law.
Since launching practices in such new areas as deferred compensation and talent buyouts, we have been handling more sophisticated transactions. When managing deal or contract negotiations, we ensure that every issue is addressed, every opportunity explored and every base covered. We also have experience in international sports transactions, such as enabling foreign interests to own profitable domestic franchises and U.S. franchises to reach a global audience.
Sophisticated testing for performance-enhancing substances, which has become routine, has created a legal and public relations minefield for players, coaches and owners, not to mention 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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