Sports and Entertainment Group Brochure

Representations of all 31 NHL hockey clubs and/or their owners, over 20 Premier League, La Liga, Championship and other international football (soccer) clubs across seven countries and teams, owners, players and/or sponsors in each of Major League Baseball, the NBA, the NFL, the NHL and Major League Soccer, as well as the NBA itself and the NCAA. Over 130 different legal projects involving over 400 lawyers for the Olympic Delivery Authority in the build-up to the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games. United States Anti-Doping Agency’s cases against Tour de France winners Lance Armstrong and Floyd Landis, Marion Jones and other gold medal winners. The BALCO scandal and the Mitchell Report on steroid use in baseball. Among the largest known naming rights deals on each side of the Atlantic for Citi Field and The O2, the naming of the Dolby Theatre, home of the Academy Awards, and the Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village adjacent to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Sponsorships of the Super Bowl Halftime Show, NFL Pro Bowl and MLB All Star balloting and USA Basketball’s marketing and licensing deal with the NBA covering the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Men’s and Women’s Olympic Basketball Teams. Major resort, stadium and event venue development, financing and leasing projects, including for Ballpark Village in St. Louis, Beaver Creek Resort, FA National Football Centre at St. George’s Park in London, a Jack Nicklaus golf resort, STAPLES Center, The O2 and The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, and the development, redevelopment or relocation of stadiums for multiple Premier League and Championship international football (soccer) clubs. The sale and purchase of, and investments in, professional sports teams such as the Anaheim Ducks, Arizona Diamondbacks, Denver Broncos, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Los Angeles Kings, Los Angeles Lakers, New England Patriots, New Jersey Devils, Phoenix Coyotes, Phoenix Suns, St. Louis Blues and St. Louis Rams and major entertainment companies like Sony Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and The Walt Disney Company, as well as a variety of cross-border international football (soccer) investments and acquisitions of multiple Premier League football (soccer) clubs and Championship football (soccer) clubs and international football (soccer) club acquisitions in Belgium, Uruguay and BrazilOver U.S. $400 million in financing deals involving various international football (soccer) clubs in 2017 alone.  Endorsement, “influencer” and “celebrity meets internet” deals involving celebrities such as Brazilian soccer player Ronaldinho, Jimmy Connors, Kurt Warner, Brendan Shanahan, Sandra Bullock, Jessica Simpson, Sarah Jessica Parker, Lady Gaga, Bridget Moynahan and Selena Gomez, and trademark work for Troy Polamalu.  TV contracts with FOX Sports, NBC, CBS, ABC and ESPN and player contracts for Wayne Gretzky and David Beckham. These are just some of the matters that members of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner’s Sports and Entertainment Group have handled – and some of the experiences that we can draw upon – in representing our valued clients.

The world of sports and entertainment has become a world of big business, and it has quickly become a truly global business. This is true both for sports and entertainment businesses whose ability to compete on the field or the stage is dependent on their ability to generate revenues and compete in the business world and for businesses in other industries increasingly looking to sponsorship opportunities as a means to advertise their products and services. As the complexity – and the stakes – of the business of sports and entertainment continue to grow, we believe that so too does the need for sophisticated counsel with a deep understanding of the issues that matter to you, the experience necessary to effectively and effciently help you achieve your goals and a track record of delivering results for our clients on the matters that mean the most to them.

We are recognized internationally as a leader in sports and entertainment law. We are one of only two law firms in the world recognized by Chambers, a directory of the most widely recommended law firms and lawyers with rankings based on client input, as having one of the leading sports practices in both the United States and the United Kingdom. Chambers commented that the Sports Practice “offers the best possible client service.” Eight times law firm of the year in our various markets since 2004, hundreds of clients across multiple sports and around the world have relied on our lawyers to help grow their businesses, protect their interests and compete. We offer our clients the unique experience and relationships of our over 90 Sports and Entertainment Group members across the United States, in the United Kingdom and across Europe, Asia and the Middle East, practicing in a variety of transactional, litigation, regulatory, real estate and financial institutions practice groups. As a part of one of the largest 50 law firms in the world with over 1,600 lawyers, we can provide our clients the full service capabilities that they require.

Representative Clients

Members of the Sports and Entertainment Group currently represent or have represented each of the following representative clients:

Professional Sports Franchises and/or Their Owners

All 31 National Hockey League Clubs
Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB)
Atlanta Braves (MLB)
Atlanta Hawks (NBA)
Atlanta United (MLS)
DC United (MLS)
Denver Broncos (NFL)
FC Porto (Primeira Liga)
Golden State Warriors (NBA)
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (MLB)
Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)
Los Angeles Lakers (NBA)
Memphis Grizzlies (NBA)
New England Patriots (NFL)
Newcastle United (Premier League)
Phoenix Suns (NBA)
San Francisco 49ers (NFL)
Seattle Seahawks (NFL)
St. Louis Cardinals (MLB)
Texas Rangers (MLB)
Tottenham Hotspur FC (Premier League)
West Ham Football Club (Premier League)

Collegiate Clients

College Football Hall of Fame
Mountain West Conference
National Collegiate Hockey Conference
National Football Foundation
University of Denver
University of Tennessee

Olympics Organizations

Olympic Delivery Authority
Russian Federal Government
United States Olympic Committee (USOC)
Over 15 U.S. Olympic National Governing Bodies, including USA Basketball and USA Swimming

Professional Athletes

Gareth Bale
Ashley Cole
Jimmy Connors
Peter Crouch
Kieron Dyer
Jackie Joyner Kersee
Orlando Pace
Troy Polamalu
Brendan Shanahan
Jonjo Shelvey
Jayson Tatum
Patrick van Aanholt
Michael Vick
Joey Votto
Adam Wainwright
Kurt Warner

Anti-Doping Movement Clients

Australian Anti-Doping Agency
U.S. Anti-Doping Agency
World Anti-Doping Agency

Corporate Sponsors

Bank of America
Dolby Laboratories
Enterprise Holdings, Inc.
Lucozade Sport
New York Life Insurance Company
TD Ameritrade

Professional Sports and Entertainment Organizations

Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG)
ATP Tour
Career Sports and Entertainment
Delaware North Companies/Sportservice
Great White Shark Enterprises/Greg Norman
Hi-Rez Studios (Esports)
HOF Village, LLC (a joint venture of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Industrial Realty Group)
Howard Hughes Corporation
National Basketball Association (NBA)
National Football Foundation
New Era Cap Company
Pacific Coast League
PGA Tour
SMG Property Management, Inc.
The FA
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)
United Soccer League (USL)
World Triathlon Corporation (IRONMAN)
WTA Tour

Real Estate Development and Financing Clients (Sports and Entertainment Industry Matters)

Balfour Beatty
Canary Wharf Group
CBRE Global Investors
Crown Estate
Land Securities
Transport for London
Numerous lenders engaged in discounting receivables

Entertainment Companies

British Telecom
Comcast Spetacor
MP & Silva
Sony Pictures and its subsidiaries, Columbia
Pictures and Tri-Star Pictures
The Walt Disney Company
Turner Sports
Various other motion picture, television and other media studios, producers, directors, distributors and broadcasters


  • Recognized by Chambers as having one of the leading sports practices in both the United States and the United Kingdom.
  • Russia Law Firm of the Year (Chambers Europe 2015 and shortlisted for 2016)
  • Recognized by Legal 500 United Kingdom as a leading law firm in Sport
  • International Law Firm of the Year (The Lawyer European Awards 2014 and shortlisted in 2015)
  • Best Law Firm in Russia (International Law Offce Client Choice Awards 2010)
  • UK Law Firm of the Year (British Legal Awards 2010)
  • UK Law Firm of the Year (The Lawyer Awards 2010)
  • UK Law Firm of the Year (Chambers Europe Awards for Excellence 2008)
  • UK Law Firm of the Year (Chambers Global Awards 2005)
  • UK Law Firm of the Year (The Lawyer Awards 2004)
  • Highest-ranked law firm for innovation (Legal Business survey of 9,000 clients, 2017)
  • Twice-ranked as the World’s Most Innovative Law Firm by the International Legal Technology Association
  • Recognized by BTI Consulting Group’s “Client List A-Team” (2017), an elite group of 30 law firms most recognized by clients for delivering the best levels of client service.