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

Represented private investment group in connection with their acquisition of an ownership interest in the Los Angeles 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.

Yankee Global Enterprises – Acquisition of Equity Interest

Issued transfer and tax opinions in connection with the acquisition of an indirect equity interest in Yankee Holdings, L.P.

Legends Hospitality – Concessions Services

Represented Legends Hospitality Management LLC in connection with a concessions services arrangement for a rugby franchise.

Legends Hospitality – Stadium Development

Represented Legends Hospitality in connection with a stadium development for a major league franchise.

Private Investor – Establishment of Baseball Clinic

Represented a private client in connection with establishing a new baseball development clinic in southern Florida.

Sports Enterprise – Ownership Transfers

Represented a major league franchise in numerous minority ownership transfers.

Not For Profit Association – Compensation Plan

Represented a major sports franchise operator in connection with establishing a deferred compensation plan.

Not For Profit – Pari-Mutuel Wager Matters

Represented a major sports franchise operator in connection with pari-mutuel wagering issues.

Not For Profit Association – Rate Review

Represented client, as its integrity counsel, in connection with a rate review.

Sports and Pop Culture Online Site Defense – Copyright Infringement

Represent a well-known sports and pop culture blog and website as lead counsel in a copyright infringement action filed in U.S. District Court in New York regarding a design created and sold by plaintiffs to client.

Professional Basketball – License Agreement

Represent owner and operator of a professional NBA basketball team in a licensing and production agreement with a wholly-owned media subsidiary to produce broadcast-ready video and multi-media content for its own and other basketball teams.

Fulltime Fantasy – Trademark Infringement

Represented fantasy sports platform, Fulltime Fantasy Sports LLC, in a New York federal court action against a subsidiary of a large U.S. media conglomerate, which included claims of trademark infringement, false advertising, unfair competition and breach of an online publishing contract in a matter involving fantasy sports production and promotions. Counterclaims were also filed, but all claims were ultimately settled favorably for our client.

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.