Best Lawyers for Sports Law in America

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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Employment Law - Management Labor Law - Management Sports Law
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  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Sports Law
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  • Location:
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Litigation - Antitrust Sports Law Antitrust Law
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Sports Law
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Sports Law Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Sports Law
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  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Water Law Litigation - Environmental Employment Law - Management Sports Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Environmental Law Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation - Labor and Employment Labor Law - Management
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Advertising Law Media Law Sports Law
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  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Sports Law
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Labor Law - Management Sports Law Employment Law - Management Litigation - Labor and Employment
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Antitrust Sports Law
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Sports Law
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  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Sports Law Employment Law - Management
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Sports Law
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  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Employment Law - Management Litigation - Labor and Employment Sports Law
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  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Commercial Litigation Sports Law Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Sports Law Antitrust Law Litigation - Antitrust
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  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Sports Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Sports Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Antitrust Sports Law Commercial Litigation Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Entertainment Law - Music
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Sports Law
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  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Family Law Sports Law
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Sports Law
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  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Venture Capital Law Copyright Law Patent Law Sports Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Sports Law
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  • Location:
    Towson, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Sports Law
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Sports Law Litigation - Antitrust Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Securities
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Sports Law
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  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Sports Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Baltimore, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Sports Law Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Labor Law - Union Arbitration Litigation - Labor and Employment
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  • Location:
    Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: General Practice Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Sports Law Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Criminal Defense: White-Collar

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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.