Matters

MLB Franchise – $425 Million Refinancing

Represented a Major League Baseball franchise, as borrower, in connection with an amended $425 million senior secured revolving credit facility led by a major commercial bank.

The New York Islanders – Belmont Park

Representing the New York Islanders Hockey Club in the development of its new arena complex at Belmont Park.

Private Client – Credit Analysis

Analyze strategic credit facilities and consolidation for client, a family-run group of companies focused on sports, media and real estate.

New York Racing Association – Churchill Downs/Pinnacle JV

Representing New York Racing Association in a joint venture with Churchill Downs and Pinnacle.

Legends Hospitality – UFC Joint Venture

Representing Legends Hospitality in a concessionaire joint venture with Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Private Investors – L.A. Dodgers

Representing client in connection with the purchase of an interest in the L.A. Dodgers.

Pro Football Hall of Fame Village – Operational and Promotional Matters

Represented a client in connection with all operational and promotional matters associated with the Pro Football Hall of Fame Village (HOF Village), a state-of-the-art sports and entertainment destination under development in Canton, Ohio.

Racing Association – Acquisition of Minority Interest in Elite Turf Club

Represented a prominent thoroughbred racing association in the acquisition of a minority interest in Elite Turf Club, a provider of natural turf installation services.

NFL Club – Governance and Employment Matters

Represented a well-known NFL club in issues related to league governance and employment matters.

D.C. United – Acquisition by Levien Soccer

Represented Levien Soccer in connection with its buyout of D.C. United.

Top Rank – Terence Crawford v. Amir Kahn

Represented our longtime client Top Rank Inc. in connection with domestic and international pay-per-view television distribution agreements for the ESPN produced telecast of the Terence Crawford v Amir Kahn welterweight championship boxing program from Madison Square Garden on April 20, 2019.

University of Nevada, Las Vegas – $1.9 Billion Las Vegas Stadium Development

Representing the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, in negotiating a joint-use agreement with the NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders related to the development of the $1.9 billion Las Vegas Stadium.

MLS Soccer Agency – Establishment of US Platform

Represented a major league soccer agency in the establishment of its US platform.

U.S. Commercial Bank – $50 Million Senior Secured Revolving Line of Credit

Represented a U.S. commercial bank, as a sole lender, in a $50 million senior secured revolving credit facility to owners of an MLB franchise. The proceeds are to be used for working capital purposes.

Legends Hospitality – Notre Dame

Represented Legends Hospitality in its partnership with Notre Dame and JMI Sports to oversee Notre Dame’s sales, marketing, hospitality, media rights and branding services nationally.

Regional Sports Network – $660 Million Financing

Represented a leading regional sports network in amending and restating its senior secured credit facility into a $600 million term loan facility and a $60 million delay draw facility. The proceeds will be used to refinance existing indebtedness, redeem existing senior subordinated notes, and for working capital purposes.

Top Rank – Vasyl Lomachenkov v. Miguel Marriaga

Represented Top Rank in the production and broadcast of the Vasyl Lomachenko v. Miguel Marriaga bout, held on August 5, 2017 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Top Rank – Terence Crawford v. Julius Indongo

Represented Top Rank in the production and broadcast of the Terence Crawford v. Julius Indongo bout held at the Pinnacle Bank Arena on August 19, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska.

New York Islanders – Hockey with a Heart

Represented the New York Islanders in connection with the formation and organization of Hockey with a Heart, a non-profit entity formed to promote the Islanders' numerous charitable endeavors.

New York Islanders – Charity Raffles

Advised the New York Islanders in connection with conducting 50/50 raffles in New York and Connecticut.

Venture Capital Investment

Representing a premier hospitality management company in a high-tech venture capital investment to enhance the stadium experience.

D.C. United – Wayne Rooney Transfer Agreement

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Represented Major League Soccer's D.C. United in its permanent transfer agreement with English Premier League superstar Wayne Rooney. Rooney, who was most recently with Everton F.C., scored 208 goals in 16 seasons in the English Premier League — the second most in league history.

UFC – Mayweather v. McGregor Bout

Represented Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), as lead counsel, in the August 2017 Floyd Mayweather, Jr. v. Conor McGregor bout at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

D.C. United – Audi Field Financing and Naming Rights

Represented Major League Soccer’s D.C. United in the construction financing and naming rights transactions for the club’s new state-of-the-art soccer-specific stadium in Southwest D.C., Audi Field.

Chicago Cubs – CBS Radio Broadcast Rights Agreement

Represented the Chicago Cubs in a multi-year radio license with CBS Radio to broadcast Cubs games on WBBM Newsradio 780AM. The radio license is part of a sports and entertainment partnership that also includes several promotional initiatives across all seven of CBS Radio's local Chicago radio stations and digital and social media platforms. Additionally, the partnership will create and produce live music events at or near Wrigley Field.

New York Racing Association – NYRA Bets National Betting Platform

Represented New York Racing Association in a joint venture formed to conduct the NYRA Bets national advance deposit wagering business.

Envy Gaming – Proposed Sale of eSports Business

Represented Envy Gaming in the proposed sale of a minority equity interest in the organization to a private equity firm consortium and an NBA franchise ownership group.

Capture the League – Corporate Matters

Represented Capture the League, LLC, a multi-game eSports organization, in corporate matters related to preparation of non-player employment and confidentiality agreements, independent contractor agreements, master service agreements and player trades.

Lelands – Jim Brown’s NFL Championship Ring

Represented Lelands in litigation filed in New York federal court by former National Football League player Jim Brown regarding the recovery of a 1964 NFL championship ring alleged to have been stolen.

Top Rank – Floyd Mayweather, Jr. v. Manny Pacquiao

Represented Top Rank in the worldwide promotion of one of the biggest boxing matches of all time - the 2015 Floyd Mayweather, Jr. v. Manny Pacquiao fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The event was promoted by Mayweather Promotions LLC, Top Rank, Showtime Networks and HBO and telecast live to more than 150 countries outside of the U.S. and Canada.

New York Yankees – $1.5 Billion Stadium Financing

Represented the New York Yankees in the issuance of $1.5 billion in municipal tax-free and taxable bonds by the New York City Industrial Development Agency, which financed the lease and construction of the new Yankee Stadium. We drafted and negotiated the lease agreement for the new stadium, as well as ancillary real estate agreements pertaining to parking lots and garages; construction, demolition and insurance, and public transportation. We were also integrally involved in navigating the Yankees through the lengthy federal, state and local governmental permit and approval process.

New York Racing Association – Not-for-Profit Foundation

Represented New York Racing Association in the formation of a not-for-profit foundation.

Tampa Bay Lightning – Amalie Arena Naming Rights

Represented the National Hockey League's Tampa Bay Lightning in its arena naming rights agreement with Amalie Oil Co.

Sports Memorabilia Company – Major League Baseball Trophy Dispute

Represented a sports memorabilia company in an authentication dispute related to Major League Baseball trophies.

Professional Baseball Team – Breach of Contract Litigation

Represented a professional baseball team in a purported breach of contract action by an office equipment leasing company seeking to hold our client liable for financial losses suffered by one of the plaintiff’s independent dealers.

Professional Baseball Team – Summary Judgment in Breach of Contract Dispute

Represented a professional baseball team in securing summary judgment in a federal court litigation arising from the breach of a multi-year advertising agreement with a mobile security firm. The court awarded our client $1.7 million, plus interest and late fees, as well as attorneys’ fees and costs.

Professional Baseball Team – Ticket Purchase Agreement Dispute

Represented a professional baseball team in resolving a dispute over a ticket purchase agreement.

Professional Baseball Team – Default Judgment in Advertising Agreement Litigation

Represented a professional baseball team in securing default judgment in litigation arising from a stadium vendor’s breach of an advertising agreement. 

eSports Organizations – Corporate Counsel

Provided general corporate counseling for various eSports organizations including start-up team Infinity Core, Team EnVyUS and FlyQuest.

Legends Hospitality – International Stadia Group Acquisition

Represented Legends Hospitality in the acquisition of International Stadia Group, a London-based sports and entertainment company. The acquisition will extend Legend’s global capabilities and allow for growth opportunities in the EAME regions.

Asset Management Co. – Acquisition of Israeli Basketball Team

Represented an asset management company in the proposed acquisition of an interest in a premier professional basketball team located in Jerusalem. The team has won several titles recently, including the EuroCup and the Israeli League championship.

Yankee Global Enterprises – Ownership Transfers

Represented Yankee Global Enterprises, as lead counsel, in connection with various ownership transfers involving the New York Yankees.

Joint Venture for Operation of Stadium Brewery

Represented a professional baseball team affiliate in a proposed joint venture with a leading European craft beer manufacturer for the operation of a brew pub at a major league baseball stadium.

MetLife Stadium – $650 Million Bond Placement

Represented a special purpose entity affiliate of the National Football League's New York Jets and the New York Giants, in a complex public financing for MetLife Stadium that involved the New Jersey Economic Development Authority and local government.

World Surf League – League Ownership, Operations and Surfer Agreements

Represented the World Surf League in establishing the league’s ownership, operations and core investment structures to maximize league value. We also advised the league in the negotiation and development of a form agreement for surfers competing in the WSL Championship Tour, which covered merchandise licensing and media and promotional matters.