Media, Entertainment, Sports and Gaming

Media and Entertainment

We offer comprehensive litigation and transactional services to members of the media and entertainment industries. We provide legal services to newspapers, magazine publishers, radio broadcasters, television networks, motion picture producers and distributors, book publishers, outdoor advertising companies, individual entertainers, and recording studios.

We represent clients in connection with:

  • Defamation defense
  • Invasion of privacy claims
  • Reporter’s privilege and other First Amendment issues
  • Trademark and trade dress disputes
  • Copyright disputes
  • Licensing issues
  • Sponsorships and promotions
  • Public records and access disputes
  • Negotiation and drafting of management, talent, recording, and publishing contracts
  • Production, licensing, and distribution of motion pictures and television programming
  • Pre-publication legal review of newspapers, television programs, and book manuscripts
  • Negotiating and preparing broadcast rights agreements for cable and pay television
  • Internet-related matters
  • Contract and other entertainment law disputes
  • Television and radio production contracts
  • Acquisition and/or disposition of media enterprises
  • Advertisements

Representative Matters 

  • Represented authors, publishers, and newspapers in defamation actions 
  • Represented newspapers in litigation seeking access to public records 
  • Represented newspaper, defending invasion of privacy claim based on its publication of name of victim of alleged sexual assault 
  • Represented movie studio and writers in defense of copyright infringement claim 
  • Prosecuted and defended copyright claims on behalf of publishers 
  • Represented television and radio broadcaster in breach-of-contract litigation involving rights to live recordings in the company’s music archive 
  • Represented telephone directory publisher in false advertising case 
  • Represented broadcast network in defense of copyright claim 
  • Represented financial publisher and documentary filmmaker in First Amendment reporter’s privilege cases 
  • Obtained court approval of contracts to bind entertainers who had not yet reached the age of majority 
  • Financed production and global distribution of several major motion pictures 
  • Negotiated and drafted $16 million naming rights agreement 
  • Represented music licensing organization in enforcement of licensing and copyrights 
  • Represented anonymous Internet message board posters in opposing subpoenas aimed at uncovering their identities

Sports

We represent clients in a wide variety of sports-related matters, including: 

  • Sports franchise sales and acquisitions 
  • Stadium and arena construction 
  • League formation and governance 
  • Stadium leasing and management 
  • Franchise relocation and territorial rights 
  • Ownership structuring 
  • Licensing, merchandising, and protecting sports properties 
  • Public offerings for sale of securities 
  • Player contracts, endorsements, and sponsorships 
  • Marketing and promotions 
  • Concessions and business operations 
  • Naming rights and advertising 
  • Television, radio, and media rights

Representative Matters 

  • Advised on governance matters regarding minor league baseball league 
  • Represented both major and minor league clients in transactional matters including franchise acquisitions and disposition 
  • Prosecuted franchise relocation application with sports authorities 
  • Resolved territorial rights issues 
  • Negotiated licensing and merchandising agreements 
  • Drafted league constitutions and bylaws 
  • Structured, drafted, and negotiated agreements for development, construction, management, lease, and use of sports facilities and venues 
  • Represented clients before governmental authorities to secure facility rights and incentives 
  • Drafted and negotiated agreements with governmental, regulatory, and supervisory agencies and bodies 
  • Represented major and minor franchise and leagues in regulatory and operational matters

Gaming

We are experienced in all facets of the gaming industry, and practice before federal and state courts, tribal entities, and the International Trade Commission. Clients seek our assistance with a wide range of matters including those related to: 

  • Gaming licenses 
  • Business entity set up 
  • Gaming facilities, land use, and federal ordinances and laws 
  • Strategic consulting on gaming issues 
  • Internet gaming and pari-mutuel wagering
  • Representative Clients 
  • Indian tribes 
  • Race tracks 
  • Casinos 
  • Lottery companies 
  • Slot machine manufacturers 
  • Gaming organizations

Representative Matters 

  • Advised companies regarding patents for lottery systems, gaming devices, and gaming paraphernalia 
  • Represented major kennel club regarding dispute over card room poker tournaments