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Joseph Leccese is the Chairman of Proskauer. He leads the Firm’s global operations, and is co-head of the Sports Law Group. His practice emphasizes representation of professional sports entities; college conferences; media and marketing companies; and private equity firms and financial institutions. Joe has represented the NBA, NHL, MLS, ATP World Tour, NASCAR and others. He represented the NBA, NHL, and MLS in their grants of expansion franchises, the "Basketball Seven" in the establishment of the "new" Big East Conference, and the Pac-12 and the Big East on a range of issues.

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Joseph Leccese - Proskauer Rose LLP

Within: Sport

Boasting 'invaluable knowledge and experience' Proskauer Rose LLP's practice 'carries respect in the sports industry'. The New York-based group is jointly led by highly-regarded corporate partner Joseph Leccese, litigator Bradley Ruskin and labor law expert Howard Ganz. It is assisting the New York Islanders with its relocation from Brooklyn to Belmont Park in Elmont, and in another work highlight Leccese and Frank Saviano acted for the Carolina Panthers on the $2.27bn sale of the franchise to David Tepper. A team led by Bart Williams and Scott Cooper, both based in Los Angeles, is representing college athletic conference defendants (which includes the Pac 12, SEC, Big Ten, Big 12, and ACC) in multi-district antitrust litigation challenging the legality of NCAA amateurism rules in collegiate football and men’s and women’s basketball. Jon H Oram is leading advice to the Los Angeles 2028 Organizing Committee on preparations to host the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games, in addition to heading a team that is assisting FC Barcelona with the proposed sale of the naming rights to the Camp Nou stadium. The practice also counts the big four leagues among its clients; it is acting for the National Football League (NFL) in gender discrimination harassment and minimum wage litigation.

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