Reed Smith's Sports Group, an interdisciplinary team comprised of attorneys from diverse practice groups within the firm, provides a full spectrum of legal services aimed at helping our clients achieve their goals. The group draws on the strength of its general corporate, mergers & acquisitions, litigation, media & entertainment, labor & employment, real estate, advertising, antitrust, intellectual property, and communications regulatory practitioners experienced in the representation of sports teams and organizations, individuals, and sports-related businesses, and the financing and construction of new stadiums and sports arenas.
Attorneys in our Sports Group represent professional sports franchises at all levels and have extensive experience negotiating all types of day-to-day agreements, from sponsorship agreements, founding partner agreements, suite license agreements, and naming rights agreements, to complex issues involving the survival of major league franchises. We understand the ins and outs of sports franchises at the professional and minor league levels, working with both owners and investors on matters such as franchise acquisition, stadium financing and construction, intellectual property protection, licensing, broadcast rights, litigation and dispute resolution, and myriad other issues. Furthermore, we have considerable experience in dealing with various leagues' governance structures, having worked closely with league officials in several different professional sports leagues, including the National Hockey League and Major League Baseball.