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
  • 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. We have particular expertise in handling the financing and construction of new stadiums and sports arenas.

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

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

For more information, contact Bob Baradaran.