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Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1995
  • Location:
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Antitrust Sports Law Antitrust Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Sports Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Commercial Litigation Litigation - Securities
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Sports Law
Lawyer
Joseph Z. "Joe" Fleming  was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Joseph Z. "Joe" Fleming

Joseph Z. Fleming, PA
  • Recognized Since: 1983
  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Employment Law - Management Environmental Law Water Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Sports Law Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation - Environmental Labor Law - Management
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Advertising Law Sports Law Media Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1995
  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Sports Law Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Antitrust Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Employment Law - Management Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1995
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Sports Law Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation - Labor and Employment Employment Law - Management
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Antitrust Law Litigation - Antitrust Commercial Litigation Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Sports Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1993
  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Litigation - Antitrust Entertainment Law - Music Commercial Litigation Sports Law Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Sports Law
Lawyer
Enrico J. Mirabelli was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Enrico J. Mirabelli

Beermann LLP
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Family Law Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Venture Capital Law Copyright Law Sports Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Patent Law Litigation - Patent
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Towson, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Commercial Litigation Litigation - Securities Sports Law Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Litigation - Antitrust
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Sports Law Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1989
  • Location:
    Baltimore, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Sports Law Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Arbitration Labor Law - Union
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: General Practice Criminal Defense: White-Collar Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Sports Law Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment and Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment and Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Century City, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment and Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Trusts and Estates Intellectual Property Law Entertainment and Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment and Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment and Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment and Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment and Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment and Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment and Sports Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment and Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment and Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment and Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment and Sports Law Intellectual Property Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Lexington, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment and Sports Law Construction Law Litigation - Construction
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment and Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment and Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment and Sports Law

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Practice Area Definition

Sports Law Definition

Sports is a multi-billion dollar global industry enjoying unprecedented growth. Its success brings a corresponding increase in both the range and complexity of legal issues that it faces.

An effective sports law practice can address such issues by combining a business orientation, versatility, and deep knowledge of industry practices with multidisciplinary legal expertise.

Clients primarily include leagues and other governing bodies; teams and their owners (both individual and corporate); related entities such as marketing, media, and intellectual property affiliates; media companies; financial institutions; and executives. Third-party investors are becoming active in the industry as well.

At a minimum, practitioners must be authorities on governance — they must know a sport’s rules and bylaws inside and out. These rules touch on everything from nuts-and-bolts operational procedures to litigation and the negotiation of commercial contracts, and thus can affect any party in a given matter.

The core legal disciplines involved in practicing sports law are:

    Banking and finance. Leagues and teams regularly need financing, notably for facilities construction or renovation, team purchases and sales, and liquidity management.  

    Commercial transactions. These range from buying and selling teams to agreements for broadcasting, sponsorships, licensing, stadium events, facilities management, merchandise vending, technology services, etc.

    Executive compensation. Compensation packages for coaches, general managers, and other top executives are increasingly complicated.

    Intellectual property. Command of this area is vital as industry participants pursue digital and multimedia avenues for growth, and do so in multiple jurisdictions.

    Labor and employment. Collective bargaining agreements are at the heart of the major sports. Labor and employment lawyers negotiate the agreements and advise on their compliance, implementation, and vast ramifications for doing business.

    Litigation. Disputes are common in an industry as huge and popular as sports. Antitrust matters are especially relevant, given the competition-related issues that often arise.

    Media/entertainment. Constant change in the development and distribution of sports content means that mastery of media/entertainment law is essential.

    Real estate. Sites for playing facilities must be purchased, developed, and leased, frequently involving negotiations with state and local governments and regulatory bodies.

    Tax. Tax considerations must be addressed in all aspects of the industry.

Sports is a multi-billion dollar global industry enjoying unprecedented growth. Its success brings a corresponding increase in both the range and complexity of legal issues that it faces.

An effective sports law practice can address such issues by combining a business orientation, versatility, and deep knowledge of industry practices with multidisciplinary legal expertise.

Clients primarily include leagues and other governing bodies; teams and their owners (both individual and corporate); related entities such as marketing, media, and intellectual property affiliates; media companies; financial institutions; and executives. Third-party investors are becoming active in the industry as well.

At a minimum, practitioners must be authorities on governance — they must know a sport’s rules and bylaws inside and out. These rules touch on everything from nuts-and-bolts operational procedures to litigation and the negotiation of commercial contracts, and thus can affect any party in a given matter.

The core legal disciplines involved in practicing sports law are:

    Banking and finance. Leagues and teams regularly need financing, notably for facilities construction or renovation, team purchases and sales, and liquidity management.  

    Commercial transactions. These range from buying and selling teams to agreements for broadcasting, sponsorships, licensing, stadium events, facilities management, merchandise vending, technology services, etc.

    Executive compensation. Compensation packages for coaches, general managers, and other top executives are increasingly complicated.

    Intellectual property. Command of this area is vital as industry participants pursue digital and multimedia avenues for growth, and do so in multiple jurisdictions.

    Labor and employment. Collective bargaining agreements are at the heart of the major sports. Labor and employment lawyers negotiate the agreements and advise on their compliance, implementation, and vast ramifications for doing business.

    Litigation. Disputes are common in an industry as huge and popular as sports. Antitrust matters are especially relevant, given the competition-related issues that often arise.

    Media/entertainment. Constant change in the development and distribution of sports content means that mastery of media/entertainment law is essential.

    Real estate. Sites for playing facilities must be purchased, developed, and leased, frequently involving negotiations with state and local governments and regulatory bodies.

    Tax. Tax considerations must be addressed in all aspects of the industry.