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Covington & Burling LLP

Based in Washington DC, the team at Covington & Burling LLP undertakes work for all four major US sports leagues. The firm handles a wide range of matters including acquisitions of major franchises, joint ventures in the sports broadcasting space, antitrust litigation, investigations and tax law. Practice leadership is split between litigator Benjamin Block, who has a strong track record in class actions and antitrust; tax specialist Jeremy Spector; and Peter Zern, who focuses on transactional work including M&A, financing, and sponsorship deals.

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP's entertainment, sports and media practice group has a global reach, providing sports industry stakeholders full-service capabilities across corporate, finance, litigation, and technology. In Century City, Joseph Calabrese and Adam Sullins lead the practice, with a wealth of expertise between them in commercial transactions, and high-value M&A and private equity deals. Justin Hamill is also recommended, regularly advising on M&A and divestitures. In November 2020, New York-based Frank Saviano joined the team from Proskauer Rose LLP. He has built a strong reputation in the sports industry and brings expertise in a wide variety of corporate matters, including joint ventures, stadium development, and media rights.

Practice head(s):

Joseph Calabrese; Adam Sullins

Other key lawyers:

Justin Hamill; Kendall Johnson; Frank Saviano

Key clients

National Football League Players Association

Los Angeles Dodgers (Guggenheim Baseball Management)

US Soccer Federation

Postmates

Caesars Entertainment

Endeavor

Silver Lake Partners

Stormlight Holdings/ Silverstein Family, LLC

National Football League Players Association (NFLPA)

Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA)

International Olympic Committee (IOC)

World Surf League

Citigroup

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)

Zuffa Parent LLC

DAZN Media

Glazer Family

F.C. Internazionale Milano

Olympique de Marseille

LAFC Sports, LLC

Learfield IMG College

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP was one of the first firms to handle sports law as a distinct legal discipline. The team represented The Stars Group in its ground-breaking sports betting partnership with FOX Sports and assists all of America's major professional sports leagues. Not only does the firm advise on corporate and litigation matters such as M&A, finance, and tax, but a key aspect of the practice is its leading sports labor and employment service. The team's expertise includes assisting with collective bargaining and complex matters such as wage and hour litigation. Heading the practice are Joseph Leccese and Bradley Ruskin. Both lawyers have extensive experience in sports practice, with Leccese specializing in transactional work and Ruskin acting as head of litigation. Jon Oram is also recommended, acting as principal outside counsel to Los Angeles 2028, the organization that will host and operate the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games. All named lawyers are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Joseph Leccese; Bradley Ruskin

Other key lawyers:

Jon Oram

Key clients

Activision Blizzard, Inc.

Atlantic Coast Conference

ATP Tour, Inc.

BIG EAST Conference

Big 10 Conference

Blackstone

Bruin Sports Capital

Detroit Pistons

Drone Racing League

FC Barcelona

Goldman Sachs

IndyCar

Jacksonville Jaguars

JPMorgan

Los Angeles 2028

Madison Square Garden Co.

Major League Baseball

Major League Soccer

NASCAR

National Basketball Association

National Football League

National Hockey League

National Lacrosse League

New York Islanders

Pac-12 Conference

San Diego Padres

United States Golf Association

Washington Nationals

Women’s National Basketball Association

WTA Tour

Winston & Strawn LLP

Winston & Strawn LLP is most notable for its strong litigation practice, representing individual athletes, major players' associations, and sports franchises and leagues. Practice leadership is divided between Jeffrey Kessler, David Feher, and David Greenspan, all of whom are based in New York. Kessler is prominent in antitrust litigation and successfully represented a class of current and former Division I college basketball and FBS football players in a lawsuit alleging that the NCAA violated antitrust laws by limiting the amount of compensation that athletes could receive. Feher and Greenspan co-head the practice and have extensive experience in litigations and arbitrations, with Feher playing a significant role in the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements. Also recommended are Jonathan Amoona, who has built a strong reputation in player's union work, acting on both litigation and transactional matters; and Adam Dale, a standout associate in the team.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Kessler; David Feher; David Greenspan

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Amoona; Adam Dale

Testimonials

‘Jeffrey Kessler, who leads the sports practice, is the most experienced and effective sports lawyer I have had the privilege to work with.’

‘Jon Amoona and Adam Dale have been exceptional. The response time and care are second to none. I know they will get back to me, no matter the issue, within minutes.’

Key clients

A class of current and former college football and basketball players

National Football League Players Association (NFLPA)

United States Women’s National Soccer Team (USWNT)

National Basketball Association Players Association (NBAPA)

Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA)

North American Soccer League (NASL)

Blake Leeper

Super Slam Ltd.

Relevent Sports

JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association

Oak View Group

Guggenheim Baseball Management LP, an affiliate of Los Angeles Dodgers

William Morris EndeavorWilliam Morris Entertainment

Work highlights

  • Represented a class of current and former Division I college basketball and FBS football players in a victory against the NCAA and its most-significant sports conferences on antitrust claims.
  • Represented Blake Leeper, in a Court of Arbitration for sports arbitration when the panel ruled that the shifting of the burden of proof to Leeper was unlawful discrimination and required IAAF to have the burden to show that any disabled athlete has an overall advantage.
  • Advising the NFL, NBA, and MLB players’ unions on each unions’ complex and unique legal and economic issues presented by a return-to-play for each sport in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, including issues under their collective bargaining agreements (CBAs), force majeure, and employee rights.

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Based in New York, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP represents a diverse range of clients in all types of litigation, transactional and regulatory matters. Clients include major sports leagues, franchises, investors, broadcast and cable companies, and athletes. Brad Karp is chairman of the firm and has long represented the NFL in matters, including lawsuits relating to concussions suffered by former players as a result of their time in the NFL. Lynn Bayard and Theodore Wells, Jr have also been heavily involved in the firm's work for the NFL. Bayard and Wells specialize in player health and safety issues, and complex civil and corporate litigation, respectively. Highly experienced litigator and trial lawyer Christopher Boehning is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Brad Karp

Other key lawyers:

Christopher Boehning; Lynn Bayard; Theodore Wells

Testimonials

‘In-depth industry knowledge; ability to tap into contacts at various levels.’

‘Chris Boehning and Brad Karp are the lawyers you absolutely want to have on your side when things really matter.’

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP represents major sports leagues, individual clubs and universities, and sports associations in various types of high-stakes litigation, counseling, and corporate work. Drawing on the expertise of its lawyers firm-wide, the team is able to advise its clients from a multidisciplinary perspective. In New York, Anthony Dreyer and Karen Lent co-head the practice. Dreyer specializes in intellectual property and handles a range of matters in broadcasting and sponsorship rights, whilst Lent focuses on antitrust law, representing The Brooklyn Nets in a class-action lawsuit alleging that they had violated New York's ticketing and antitrust laws by terminating season ticket subscriptions based on resale of tickets.

Practice head(s):

Anthony Dreyer; Karen Lent

Other key lawyers:

Shepard Goldfein; Matthew Martino

Arent Fox LLP

Arent Fox LLP's sports practice advises clients on a wide range of commercial issues, including sponsorship transactions, team acquisitions and sales, financing, and issues relating to arenas and stadiums. The team's expertise also covers fantasy sports and gaming. In San Francisco, practice head Richard Brand leads the team's high-profile sports transactions, a recent example of which was his representation of Hollywood Park and SoFi Stadium in a ground-breaking naming rights and sponsorship transaction for SoFi Stadium. Based in Los Angeles and bringing over 40 years of sports law experience, Maidie Oliveau is recommended in particular for arbitration in the sector. In April 2020, Jennifer O'Sullivan left the practice for an in-house role at New York City Football Club.

Practice head(s):

Richard Brand

Other key lawyers:

Maidie Oliveau

Testimonials

‘Maidie Oliveau has unparalleled expertise in this field, coupled with a very strong business acumen. As a result, her counsel is detailed, thorough, and practical. She has an uncanny ability to distill complex information down to easy-to-comprehend and actionable advice.’

Key clients

SoFi Stadium and Hollywood Park

Amazon

Under Armour Worldwide

Fantasy Sports and Gaming Work

AEG

Sugar Bowl

New York City Football Club

Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians

San Antonio Spurs, Brooklyn Nets, Charlotte Hornets, Memphis Grizzlies, Oklahoma Thunder, and Phoenix Suns (among others)

DC United

ASM Global

Los Angeles Lakers

Miami Heat

Brooklyn Nets/Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment (BSE)

Work highlights

  • Represented SoFi Stadium and Hollywood Park in a groundbreaking 20-year naming rights and sponsorship transaction with SoFi in connection with the stadium and entertainment complex in Inglewood, California, which has been named SoFi Stadium.
  • Represented Amazon in a naming rights transaction for the new home of Seattle’s NHL team and WNBA’s Seattle Storm, a new sports and entertainment facility, which has been named by Amazon the “Climate Pledge Arena”.
  • Represented SoFi Stadium and Hollywood Park in a multi-year partnership for Google Cloud to power SoFi Stadium and Hollywood Park’s digital innovation experiences.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP runs a multidisciplinary sports practice group with expertise in litigation and arbitration, and transactional work covering M&A, financing of ownership stakes in major and minor league teams, television and digital media rights, and the development of new stadiums. Notably, the firm has represented athletes and coaches in investigation proceedings relating to anti-doping violations. Leadership within the practice is split between Maurice Suh in Los Angeles, who focuses on litigation, and Richard Birns in New York who takes the lead on the firm’s non-contentious work. Andrew Tulumello joined Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in June 2021.

Practice head(s):

Richard Birns; Maurice Suh

Loeb & Loeb LLP

Loeb & Loeb LLP provides comprehensive legal support to sports sector clients, handling both contentious and non-contentious issues. A key aspect of the practice is its work in the growing world of e-sports and fantasy sports, with Los Angeles-based Arash Khalili representing Tyler "Ninja" Blevins in connection with numerous sponsorships and e-sports deals, endorsements, and management of his IP portfolio. Khalili jointly heads the team alongside Brian Socolow in New York, and both are highly experienced in commercial transactions and business disputes relating to the sports industry.

Practice head(s):

Arash Khalili; Brian Socolow

Other key lawyers:

Seth Rose; Douglas Masters; Brian Heidelberger

Key clients

Tyler “Ninja” Blevins

Angels Baseball, LP and SRB Management Company, LLC

Professional Athletes: John Wall, Tristan Thompson, Donovan Mitchell, Nyjah Huston, Allen Crabbe, Ephraim Salaam, Tony Gonzalez, Reggie Bush, Dwyane Wade, Terry Bradshaw

Nike

National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)

U.S. Soccer Federation, Inc.,

Turner Sports, Inc.

Maine Mariners

DAZN

Behind the Racquet Tour

Churchill Downs Inc. and subsidiary BetAmerica

United States Golf Association

Parsons Xtreme Golf (PXG)

Miami Heat

Work highlights

  • Representing Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, one of the highest viewed gamers and social media influencers, in connection with numerous media, brand ambassador, endorsement, sponsorship and e-sports deals, as well as licensing of his right of publicity/persona and brand.
  • Representing Angels Baseball, LP and SRB Management Company, LLC in the acquisition from the City of Anaheim of Angel Stadium and its surrounding 152 acres, as well as the master planning of the purchased property for development.
  • Representing DAZN, a subscription sports streaming service, in various rights, regulatory, litigation and contractual matters.

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

O'Melveny & Myers LLP is recognized in this space for its transactional work, boasting a solid track record in M&A involving sports teams, stadium development, player contract negotiations, naming rights, sponsorships, and endorsements. Practice leadership is divided between Jared BartieCharles Baker, Irwin Raij, all of whom have expertise in stadium development, M&A, and media rights. Bartie in particular is a leading figure in the area of e-sports, where he represents numerous top e-sports organizations. Furthermore, the team has strengthened its position by the arrival of sports litigator Jeffrey Gordon from Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP in September 2020. Gordon focuses on complex business and criminal litigation and has been involved in sensitive investigations for professional sports leagues and teams. All lawyers are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Charles Baker; Jared Bartie; Irwin Raij

Other key lawyers:

Jeffrey Gordon; Dan Petrocelli; David Marroso

Testimonials

‘The O’Melveny team offers unparalleled legal guidance as outside litigation counsel. They understand the nuances of our business and are able to take a big-picture approach to any disputes that they are assisting on. The team is always available and is able to dig into legal issues quickly and effectively as needed. The degree of communication and the wide-angled view of any dispute sets O’Melveny apart in terms of the service they provide.’

‘Dan Petrocelli and David Marroso are brilliant litigators, I would trust them on absolutely any dispute and can confidently say that I don’t believe there is any better litigation team out there. David is attentive to matters both small and large and does an excellent job of presenting the potential positive and negative consequences of any action. The relationship with O’Melveny feels far more like a partnership than a work-for-hire endeavor and much of that begins with Dan and David.’

Key clients

Angel City Football Club

Athletes Unlimited

David Tepper

Envy Gaming, Inc.

The Friedkin Group

Game1

Kansas City Royals

Kevin Durant

LaLiga

Top Rank

Work highlights

  • Assisted The Friedkin Group, Inc. with its acquisition of a controlling stake in the professional Italian Serie A football club AS Roma (Associazione Sportiva Roma).
  • Represented e-sports organization Envy Gaming, Inc. in the expansion of its ownership group to add multi-platinum, award-winning artist Post Malone to its ranks.
  • Advised NBA star Kevin Durant as he joined the ownership group of Major League Soccer’s Philadelphia Union.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP‘s multidisciplinary practice group handles a wide range of litigation and disputes, representing major league athletes, professional organizations, teams, and team staff. The firm is representing Zion Williamson in connection with a multimillion-dollar ongoing dispute and litigation arising out of an agreement entered into, prior to turning professional. In addition, the team has experience in labor and employment matters, with practice head Jeffrey Klein taking the lead in representing numerous college football coaches in high-profile employment disputes. Alongside Klein, Yehudah Buchweitz and Eric Hochstadt also jointly lead the practice. Buchweitz’s expertise is in complex commercial litigation, with a specific focus on sports broadcasting, while Hochstadt focuses on civil antitrust matters and class actions. Andrew Tulumello joined the team from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in June 2021. All named lawyers are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Klein; Yehudah Buchweitz; Eric Hochstadt

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Tulumello

Key clients

Zion Williamson (NBA #1 Draft Pick)

Creative Artists Agency

CBS Corporation

Providence Equity Partners

Topgolf International

Major League Baseball Players Association

Jim Harbaugh

Work highlights

  • Representing NBA star and #1 draft pick Zion Williamson in connection with major headline-making litigations arising out of a marketing contract he entered into prior to going pro, with in excess of $100m in potential damages at stake.
  • Representing CBS in a numerous sports-related disputes, including the “grant-in-aid” litigation brought by student-athletes and the collapse of the Alliance of American Football league.
  • Acting for CAA, the preeminent entertainment and sports agency in the country.

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is particularly strong in advising its sports and entertainment industry clients on sensitive labor, wage and hour, and employment discrimination matters. Based in Washington DC, practice head Daniel Nash has noted expertise in the area of labor and employment and has represented clients in a number of arbitration and court cases, particularly on behalf of the NFL and its member clubs. In addition, the team has experience in commercial litigation and class action disputes.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Nash

Other key lawyers:

Stacey Eisenstein

Key clients

National Football League

Southeastern Conference

National Thoroughbred Racing Association

San Francisco 49ers

Work highlights

  • Representing the NFL, along with co-counsel, in a class action filed in 2014 by eight former players who seek damages on behalf of a class of all retired NFL players for injuries allegedly caused by their use of painkillers during their careers.
  • Representing the NFL and NFL Management Council in litigation filed by Philadelphia Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson seeking to vacate an arbitration award.
  • Representing the Southeastern Conference, a premier American college athletic conference in developing federal legislation to address the issue of compensation for student-athletes.

Arnold & Porter

Arnold & Porter's full-service sports practice routinely deals with matters ranging from transactions and contractual negotiations to litigation and ADR. Its client list includes major professional sports leagues, individual teams, arena and stadium operators, and major international sporting events groups. In New York, Scott Lent has extensive experience in antitrust law and, with regard to transactions, manages all aspects of antitrust-related issues in the practice. Co-heading the team with Lent is Dan Cantor, who focuses on IP and currently serves as lead counsel for the Joint Sports Claimants—a consortium comprising major sports leagues and associations—in copyright royalty litigation.

Practice head(s):

Scott Lent; Dan Cantor

Key clients

Major League Baseball (MLB)

Joint Sports Claimants (which include MLB, National Football League (NFL), National Basketball Association (NBA), Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), National Hockey League (NHL), and National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) )

Minnesota Timberwolves

National Basketball Association (NBA)

National Football League (NFL)

National Hockey League (NHL)

The Oakland Raiders

Golden State Warriors

Washington Football Team (formerly “Washington Redskins”)

Professional Golfers Association (PGA)

Work highlights

  • Representing the Oakland Raiders in a federal antitrust lawsuit filed by the City of Oakland against the NFL and its 32 teams alleging that the League ignored its own relocation policies in approving the Raiders’ move to Las Vegas.
  • Representing Joint Sports Claimants, a consortium comprising several major leagues, college leagues, and women’s leagues in a series of disputes and regulatory proceedings concerning the royalties paid for retransmitted sports programming and distribution thereof.
  • Advising MLB on various copyright and telecoms issues involving the telecasting of MLB games over traditional and new media, including the internet and mobile devices.

Herrick, Feinstein LLP

Herrick, Feinstein LLP is prominent in the field of sports broadcasting, advising leagues and individual teams in connection with their broadcast right deals and advising major franchises on broadcast joint ventures and network ownership. The firm also handles team acquisitions and investments, and arena and stadium financing and development. Practice leadership is split between Irwin Kishner, a well-regarded sports lawyer who has been involved in matters relating to the burgeoning area of global e-sports as well as in the legalization of sports wagering in the US; Daniel Etna, who has extensive experience in all aspects of sports matters, including joint ventures, and stadium and arena development; and Eric Stabler, a name to note for financing work. All named lawyers are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Irwin Kishner; Daniel Etna; Eric Stabler

Testimonials

‘Deep expertise and focus in sports law’

‘Our attorneys are Irwin Kishner and Joel Wagman. Irwin oversees the relationship and Joel is a workhorse who has guided us through our capital raising, securities and M&A activity.’

Key clients

New York Yankees; Yankee Global Enterprises LLC, Yankees Entertainment & Sports Network

Legends Hospitality Management, LLC

New York Racing Association

Swansea City Association Football Club

New York Islanders Hockey Club

New York Mets; Sterling Equities; Sterling Entertainment Enterprises

Top Rank, Inc.

Phoenix Sports Partners LLC

D.C. United

Lelands Collectibles Inc.

Work highlights

  • Acted as lead counsel in connection with the issuance by the New York City Industrial Agency of approximately $927m of refunding bonds for the benefit of the Yankees.
  • Represented Legends International and Legends Global International in the creation of an expansive omnichannel retail program with Spanish soccer powerhouse Real Madrid CF.
  • Advising the New York Islanders Hockey Club on the negotiation of a concessionaire agreement with Delaware North Travel & Hospitality, one of the largest privately-held hospitality and food service companies in the world.

Katten

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP handles a range of transactional matters for clients including stadium developers and sponsors, and major franchises such as the National Basketball Association. Heading the practice is Chicago-based Adam Klein, who has significant experience in debt financing transactions and mixed-used development debt financings for various teams and venues, including the Golden State Warriors and the Chase Center. Also recommended are Daniel Render in Chicago, who advises clients on acquisitions, media rights, and employment agreements; and real estate specialist Benzion Westreich in Los Angeles, who has experience in complex sports arena developments.

Practice head(s):

Adam Klein

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Render; Benzion Westreich

Testimonials

‘Simply put, they are our go-to on virtually all legal matters. Their expertise with sports teams and leagues is hard to top.’

‘Adam Klein is an unmatched expert in this area. Thoughtful, responsive and efficient, he is as trusted an advisor as I have.’

‘Katten’s sports practice is among the elites in the business. They have worked on every type of sports-related project and bring unapparelled experience to their clients. Additionally, they take a thoughtful approach to their client’s needs and expectations. For my money, they are the best in the business.’

‘The Katten team has very strong associates and partners with a wide range of skillsets. They always assemble the right team for a project and bring in other from outside the core sports practice to provide guidance when needed. They are responsive to needs and manage expectations appropriately.’

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP fields a large team of lawyers providing a full range of legal services to sports industry clients. In Orange County, Jeffrey Moorad co-heads the practice and provides the firm with a unique perspective into the industry given his background as a former sports agent and team owner. Joint practice heads Jack Concannon and Louise Skinner are based in Boston and London, respectively. Concannon has practiced in the sports industry for over 25 years and focuses on general corporate and securities law, M&A, and finance matters. In February 2020, the team further expanded its depth, hiring Ami Wynne in Chicago from Sidley Austin LLP, and Robin Nunn in Washington DC from Dechert LLP.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Moorad; Jack Concannon; Louise Skinner

Other key lawyers:

Ami Wynne; Robin Nunn

Testimonials

‘Professional and informed. Always available.’

Key clients

Las Vegas Raiders

adidas

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)

Fanatics

Stewart-Haas Racing

Oath Inc. (d/b/a Yahoo Sports)

Patrick Cantlay

Madison Square Garden

The Kraft Group

Endeavor

Work highlights

  • Advised the Oakland Raiders in the energy procurement for their new Allegiant Stadium, including all of the regulatory and transactional work.
  • Advised the UFC on its plan to restart live events and bring its workforces back to the office.
  • Advising and acting as counsel to the United States Soccer Federation with respect to its collective bargaining obligations to the Men’s National Team and its players association, the United States National Soccer Team Players Association, and the Women’s National Team and its players association, the United States Women’s National Team Players Association.

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP handles litigation and investigations for clients in the sport industry. Led by Washington DC's Ben O’Neil and William Burck, the team represented the Confedaración Sudamericana de Fútbol in connection with US criminal investigations and prosecutions into allegations of bribery and corruption in the international soccer world. Richard Smith in Washington DC and New-York based Robert Raskopf and Alex Spiro also jointly lead the practice, and have represented a range of clients, including governing bodies and high-profile individual athletes.

Practice head(s):

William Burck; Robert Raskopf; Richard Smith; Alex Spiro

Other key lawyers:

Ben O’Neil

Key clients

Washington Nationals Baseball Club

United States Soccer Federation Foundation, Inc.

Confederación Sudamericana de Fútbol (CONMEBOL)

Julian Edelman

Ryan Zimmerman and Ryan Howard

Robert Kraft

Work highlights

  • Represented the Washington Nationals Baseball Club in a long-running dispute with the Baltimore Orioles and the regional sports television network, MASN.
  • Represented the US Soccer Foundation in a trademark action against the US Soccer Federation in an ownership dispute over the trademark “U.S. Soccer Foundation”.
  • Defending Robert Kraft, the owner of the New England Patriots, in connection with solicitation of prostitution charges brought against him by the State of Florida.

Thompson Hine LLP

Thompson Hine LLP is well regarded for its provision of legal and consulting services for the development, design and construction of professional sports facilities throughout the country. The firm has been involved in the construction of numerous major league sports facilities over the last decade, working on behalf of sports teams and owners. In Cleveland, Jeffrey Applebaum heads the practice and serves as project counsel, owner's representative, partnering facilitator, or risk and insurance consultant for more than 35 stadium and arena projects across the US.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Appelbaum

Other key lawyers:

Patrick Sweeney

Testimonials

‘The Thompson Hine team has advised us through several very different aspects of our business, including; public-private partnerships with state and local governments, contract negotiations with third-party partners, and a mixed-use real-estate project adjacent to our new MLS stadium in Columbus. Thompson Hine understands how the several different layers and functions of a sports organization all work together to provide thoughtful counsel.’

‘The team at Thompson Hine always know when they need to include others from their long bench of professionals. We have had a number of very complicated one-off transactions and their leaders have always found the right team members internally to include in our working group.’

‘The team at Thompson Hine specializes in project delivery for major-league sports facilities. They are well versed in the intricacies of construction contracting and construction insurance and provide a unified approach to contracting that best serves the owner’s interest.’

‘Jeff Appelbaum, managing principal, and I have completed eight major league sports projects, and are currently working on our ninth. Jeff is a nationally recognized expert in the area of construction contracts and construction insurance. Erin Luke, partner, is a fair and owner- oriented attorney whose construction contracts are designed to best serve the owners interests. Pat Sweeney, partner, has been involved in most of the major league sports projects on which I have served as owners representative. Pat Offers quick, responsive service in every case.’

Key clients

Haslam Sports Group

HOF Village, Inc.

TKFC LC

SunTrust Robinson Humphrey

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC

Bank of America

Cobb County

Texas Rangers

San Francisco 49ers

Oakland Athletics

Work highlights

  • Advising TKFC LC, the ownership group of the new $460m 22,000-seat St. Louis soccer stadium project that will include a stadium, sports complex, practice fields and a team headquarters.
  • Advising Haslam Sports Group on development of the $310m+ Confluence Village, which includes a new 20,000-seat MLS soccer stadium, mixed-use development and new training facility.
  • Advising HOF Village, Inc on the $300m+ Hall of Fame Village in the development of comprehensive and coordinated design and construction agreements for the project, as well as negotiation, revision and complete agreements with the master contractor and master architect and engineer.