Greenberg Glusker LLP

Greenberg Glusker LLP


Greenberg Glusker’s Sports Group represents professional sports franchises, athletes and sports-related businesses. The Group is comprised of skilled attorneys from multiple practice groups within the firm, including: Bankruptcy, Corporate, Entertainment, Emerging Technology & New Media, Employment, Intellectual Property, Litigation, Real Estate, Taxation, and Trusts & Estates. Our attorneys have an exceptional depth of knowledge in the sports industry, with a comprehensive practice that offers a wide range of services to clients in California and throughout the nation.

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Representative engagements for Greenberg Glusker’s Sports Industry Group include the following:

– Served as lead counsel on the $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers professional basketball franchise to Steve Ballmer

– Represented the Oakland Athletics professional baseball franchise in the acquisition and development of approximately 140 acres of land for a new baseball stadium and entertainment and residential project to be located in Fremont, California

– Represented the Los Angeles Kings professional hockey franchise in various business matters

– Represent Olympic gold medalist and World Champion boxer Oscar De La Hoya, as well as his boxing company Golden Boy Promotions, in a variety of matters including business acquisitions, strategic alliances and grants of equity interests to boxers and key executives

– Represented Wayne Gretzky in connection with the Phoenix Coyotes professional hockey franchise Chapter 11 bankruptcy case

– Advised San Jose Earthquakes professional soccer franchise in the construction of their $90 million stadium

– Represented Chicago Fire professional soccer franchise in connection with the design and construction of its VIP club

– Served as special counsel to the Los Angeles Coliseum Commission as to CEQA and related regulatory matters in its negotiations with the National Football League

– Represented Wayne Gretzky in connection with a consumer goods joint venture, including negotiation of joint venture agreements, secured financing agreements and license/endorsement agreements

– Represented professional baseball player Alex Rodriguez in various business matters

– Represented the World Boxing Council in various business matters

– Represented Major League Baseball player Pete Rose in various business matters

– Represented professional tennis stars Pete Sampras and Lindsay Davenport in various business dealings

– Represented All American Heavyweights/King Sports Worldwide in connection with multimillion-dollar offering to pursue boxing promotion business and related corporate, employment and real estate activities

– Represented OPI Products in connection with its sports-related lines of products and endorsements, including professional athletes Serena Williams and Danica Patrick

– Represented sports clubs in raising capital and counsel an online athletic recruiting platform on capital raising

– Represent players in connection with tax advice regarding foreign real estate investments

– Represented an Olympic gold medal figure skater in connection with his involvement in the production and staging of a professional figure skating touring company

– Represent numerous professional athletes in connection with estate plans, premarital agreements and wealth transfer planning

– Represented Fox Sports regional sports network in complex litigation against TBS and Time Warner arising out of breach of non-compete agreement with respect to the cable distribution of regional sports programming in the Southeast region of the country

– Represent Total Golf Adventures for intellectual property counsel and endorsement/sponsorship deals

– Represent OnDeck Digital, a media company owned by former professional baseball pitcher

– Represented one of the largest golf course owners in the United States in the disposition of a portfolio of golf courses in South Carolina for a purchase price in excess of $50 million

– Arranged sponsorship deals for motorsports events

– Advised companies and executives in the martial arts business

– Served as real estate counsel to Antonio Esfandari, one of the world’s top poker players

– Represented The Sports Club/LA in a series of credit facilities, totaling approximately $80 million, in connection with the refinancing of its health clubs in Southern California and eventually in its sale to Equinox