Mintz understands from experience the legal complexities associated with the businesses of sports and entertainment. Practitioners in the firm’s Sports & Entertainment Practice have earned and received recognition and awards for client-centered service and a practical approach to solving problems. Professional teams, athletes, college presidents and athletic directors, and entertainers rely on Mintz to advise on a variety of matters including high stakes litigation and investigations, business contracts (including facility use and sponsorship agreements), branding, and licensing transactions.
Mintz Sports & Entertainment attorneys are also members of the firm’s Litigation, Intellectual Property, Corporate, and Employment Practices, among others. This multidisciplinary approach allows the Mintz team to bring an array of talents to each engagement — generating integrated solutions to put clients in the best position to win. Mintz’s interdisciplinary team has an exceptional depth of knowledge surrounding the legal issues impacting the sports and entertainment industries. With over 500 attorneys across the firm’s seven offices, and nearly 40 attorneys in the Sports & Entertainment Practice, the team has a national footprint and access to a strong international law firm network.
• Have advised and continue to advise the Boston Red Sox on confidential internal and external matters.
• Serving as outside general counsel to professional sports franchises in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and National Hockey League (NHL).
• Have represented executives in high profile investigations by Major League Baseball (MLB) and the NHL
• Have successfully arbitrated several matters involving athletes and agents before the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA)
• Regularly advise private equity firms on investments and other transactions with sports agencies.
• Have advised purchasers of minority ownership interests in several professional sports franchises.
• Advise clients on National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and Athlete Agent Act regulatory compliance, mergers and acquisitions, tax structuring, and employment and independent contractor agreements.
• Represented key fantasy sports figure at the center of the DraftKings/FanDuel federal and multi-state regulatory controversy over whether fantasy sports constitutes illegal gambling under federal and/or state law, involves misuse of “insider information” or employs unfair or deceptive practices. Representation includes class action defense, criminal defense and regulatory/consumer enforcement representation.
• Represent senior executive of publicly traded global gaming (including sports betting) enterprise in connection with multi-country securities inquiries and class actions alleging stock manipulation.
• Advised numerous sports and event organizations, including Boston 2024 and Los Angeles 2024, on how to manage risk, including drafting bespoke insurance policies to cover different phases of construction, games, events, and contractual obligations.
• Represented the owner of a Major League Baseball (MLB) team in a U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) inquiry into the conduct of a former MLB player. The international matter spanned two jurisdictions and involved the DOJ Office of International Affairs.
• Represented several high-profile athletes and entertainers in matters relating to executive employment contracts, immigration, intellectual property and trademark disputes, licensing, endorsements, and government inquiries and investigations.
• Advised a number of clients on all aspects of NCAA compliance, including enforcement, investigations, infractions, and appeals. Negotiated the reduction of various NCAA penalties assessed to universities, athletics personnel, and student-athletes.
• Served as bond and tax counsel on financings for various stadiums and arenas, including Yankee Stadium, Citi Field (NY Mets), and Barclays Arena (Nets/Islanders).
• Regularly advise apparel and equipment manufacturers in matters relating to consumer product safety, false advertising, intellectual property litigation, and licensing and collaboration disputes.