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Covington & Burling LLP

ONE CITY CENTER, 850 TENTH STREET, NW, WASHINGTON DC 20001, USA
Tel:
Work +1 202 662 6000
Web:
www.cov.com

Douglas Gibson

Tel:
Work +1 202 662 5483
Email:
Covington & Burling LLP

Work Department

Partner

Position

Corporate counsel to leading US professional sports leagues and teams, and current and aspiring owners, including the NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB, PGA of Americas, the USTA, UFC, the Clippers and the Cubs. Advise with respect to M&A, finance, governance and media matters, including team sales, league-wide financing arrangements, stadium financing, media agreements (television and digital), sponsorship arrangements. Also represents corporate clients, including Fortune 100 companies in broad array of M&A, finance and governance matters.

Career

Former General Counsel and Member of Executive Committee of Bacardi Limited.

Education

JD, cum laude, Harvard Law School (1990); BS with honors, The Johns Hopkins University (1987).


United States: Industry focus

Sport

Within: Leading lawyers

Douglas Gibson - Covington & Burling LLP

Within: Sport

Covington & Burling LLP has a long track record in the sports area and a particularly well-known relationship with the National Football League (NFL). In 2016, Douglas Gibson headed a team that advised the client on its sale of Thursday Night Football rights to CBS and NBC, while in a disputes context Benjamin Razi secured a victory for the league in a disability discrimination claim brought by a 2013 Pro Bowl ticketholder. Outside of football, Derek Ludwin represented the US Olympic Committee in an antitrust claim regarding a prohibition on non-kit sponsorship logos appearing during US Olympic trials brought by a chewing gum manufacturer and an athlete it sponsors. Peter Zern advised Turner Sports on its purchase of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) men’s basketball tournament broadcast rights.

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