The last century has seen sports develop from a group of amateur pastimes to a professional industry that is still expanding. The amount of investment in sports and related media reflects not only the perceived value of sports at its different levels and the returns it can bring, but it also means that those buying, selling, sponsoring, funding and managing rights, teams, facilities, and players need to be more confident than ever that their interests are adequately protected. The interrelationship between sports and constantly developing media adds to the opportunities — but also the potential pitfalls for those who are unaware of the risks.
Our Sports and Recreational Facilities team comprises lawyers with considerable experience in advising on a broad range of issues in professional, collegiate, amateur, and recreational (skiing, golf, and resorts) sports, as well as related facilities matters. We also possess an in-depth understanding of the commercial needs of our clients within the sports and recreational facilities sector. We advise on complex tailored transactions from a seamless cross-practice perspective as well as clients’ ongoing commercial operations and all aspects of dispute resolution. Our Intellectual Property team deals regularly with trademark enforcement and registration and brand protection. Clients include professional sports teams, colleges and universities, ownership groups, sponsors, broadcasters, financiers, promoters and event organizers, and governmental and private entities engaged in the design, development, construction, financing, management, and operation of sports venues and related projects.