Sports, Media and Entertainment

Major league sports teams, stadium developers, world-class media and entertainment companies and investors trust us to partner with them to solve complex business challenges and help them innovate in this dynamic industry.

Entertainment takes many different forms, from sitting in an arena watching a sporting event to streaming content on your device or attending a live music festival. Our lawyers help clients execute the right game plan to drive their strategic business operations forward.

Whether you are licensing and protecting content for video and television broadcasting, music, or web-driven streaming; managing and defending intellectual property; handling commercial operations such as sponsorships, naming rights, and brand protection; tackling complex corporate transactions and management of stadium and arena projects around the world; or defending free speech activities our Sports, Media & Entertainment team offers a suite of focused industry experience and a geographic reach that few firms possess.

Our forward-thinking approach and comprehensive knowledge across all facets of the business provides clients with a 360 degree view of the playing field to anticipate what’s to come and provide solutions for today.

Representative experience

Represented Michael Arougheti, Mitchell Goldstein, and Michael Smith in purchasing the Baltimore Orioles MLB franchise, in partnership with Baltimore native David Rubenstein, Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of The Carlyle Group.

Advised Fenway Sports Group (FSG) and a consortium of American Sports team owners in a multi-billion dollar partnership with PGA TOUR to launch PGA TOUR Enterprises, a new commercial venture that will operate the PGA’s golf assets.

Advised on the two largest transactions in NFL history, the consortium led by Josh Harris in the acquisition of the NFL’s Washington Commanders and the Walton-Penner family with respect to the acquisition of the Denver Broncos.

Advised Inter Miami CF in the acquisition of star player Lionel Messi.

Advised NBA All Star Russell Westbrook of the Los Angeles Clippers on his acquisition of a minority stake in English Championship soccer club Leeds United.

Advising Anschutz Entertainment Group, Inc. on creating ASM Global, a joint venture with Onex Partners to run the global venue management businesses of AEG Facilities and SMG.

Representing Arctos Capital in connection with its approval to be an NBA Member, and its acquisition of a minority interest in the Golden State Warriors.

Advising AEG Presents on live music business acquisitions and joint ventures (The Bowery Presents, Promowest Productions, Webster Hall, FYF Fest, Firefly, and Zero Mile Presents).

Advised the Tampa Bay Lightning in one of the first private equity investments in National Hockey League history as Arctos Sports Partners made a minority equity investment into Vinik Sports Group.

Represented public and private developers including the Denver Metropolitan Football Stadium District, United States Olympic Committee, Kroenke Sports, and Minnesota Hockey Ventures, among others.

Representing News Corp in the negotiation of various licensing and services transactions, including the renegotiation of agreements in connection with the division of News Corp into two separate companies.

Advised Miami Beckham United, LLC and majority owners Jorge and José Mas in connection with the recapitalization of MLS franchise Inter Miami CF featuring an equity investment by Ares Capital.

Advised the San Antonio Spurs with reorganization and private equity investments from MSD Capital and Sixth Street Capital.

Multiple representations in the acquisition of stadium naming rights including Oracle Park, Empower Field at Mile High and Ball Arena.

Advised the MLS Seattle Sounders on corporate organizational, financing, and sponsorship matters.

Represented Oracle Cloud in its partnership with England’s Premier League.

Advising Mikhail Prokhorov on Onexim Sports and Entertainment Holding's acquisition of the Brooklyn Nets and on the acquisition of the Barclays Center.

Advising leading drone racing organization on regulatory and policy issues to succeed in highly regulated, fast-changing UAS policy environment.

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