Noteworthy Sports Law Matters

Irwin’s significant sports law experience spans three decades, during which time he has advised on a wide range of high-profile matters, including:

  • The formation of YankeeNets LLC, a first-of-its-kind joint venture between the New Jersey Nets and the New York Yankees, YankeesNets’ acquisition of the New Jersey Devils and the later restructuring of the company which led to the creation of Yankee Global Enterprises
  • The formation and longtime operation of the YES and SNY regional sports networks, as well as the multi-billion sale of the YES Network to 21st Century Fox
  • Numerous sales and acquisitions for Leland’s, a leading memorabilia company, involving some of sports and entertainment’s most hallowed treasures, including:
    • Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point basketball
    • Muhammad Ali’s Olympic gold medal
    • Jim Brown’s 1964 NFL championship ringThe estate of Mickey Mantle
    • The San Francisco Examiner’s collection of sports photos
    • Barry Bonds’ 73rd home run baseball
    • A major collection of Roberto Clemente baseball cards
    • The original Howdy Doody puppet
    • A Superman #1 comic book
  • Outside counsel to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY
  • Eleven major stadium and arena transactions, including the development and $1.4 billion financing of the new Yankee Stadium, the development of Citi Field, and the proposed development of a $4.2 billion sports and entertainment complex for the NFL’s Oakland Raiders.
  • More than $25 billion in sports financings, advising financial institutions, bond insurers, NFL and MLB teams, minor league baseball teams, team owners and regional sports networks.
  • Significant naming rights, sponsorship and concessions transactions for major stadiums across the U.S., including a concessions agreement for Angel Stadium of Anaheim, and Yankee Stadium’s corporate sponsorship agreements with Toyota, AT&T and Bank of America
  • The formation of a number of sports leagues, including the Champions Basketball League, and ongoing corporate counsel to the World Surf League and the World Freerunning & Parkour Federation
  • Many prominent sports-entertainment joint ventures, including the Yankees and Hard Rock’s creation of NYY Steakhouses across the U.S., and a major food and beverage partnership between Legends Hospitality and Live Nation covering 34 U.S. arenas
  • Numerous bids to acquire MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL and EPL teams, including the Boston Red Sox, Florida Marlins, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres, Minnesota Timberwolves, Buffalo Bills, New Jersey Devils, Nashville Predators, New York Islanders, Aston Villa and Everton F.C.
  • The representation of minor league baseball’s Staten Island Yankees, Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees, Binghamton Mets and Brooklyn Cyclones.
  • The formation and promotion of major sporting events, including the NCAA’s New Era Pinstripe Bowl, the Formula One Grand Prix at Port Imperial and the Stadium Slugfest boxing tournament
  • The $100 million joint venture formation of Major League Soccer’s New York City FC, as well as the ongoing representation of the club in various matters, including the development of a new stadium
  • Significant television, radio and new media rights agreements for rights holders, broadcasters and professional teams, including the Nets, Cubs, Yankees, New York City FC, SNY and YES Networks
  • The New York Yankees and Dallas Cowboys' joint venture formation of Legends Hospitality, and the ongoing representation of the company in major initiatives, including its equity investment in DraftKings, and its development of the World Trade Center’s One World Observatory
  • Integrity counsel for the New York Racing Association, which runs thoroughbred racing at New York’s Aqueduct, Belmont and Saratoga racetracks