Lippes Mathias’ multidisciplinary Sports, Entertainment & Hospitality Practice Team not only has the legal expertise to assist clients in these industries but also practical real-world experience.  
Led by Benjamin White, former Assistant General Counsel for a sports and entertainment industry leader, and comprised of attorneys who have extensive experience representing clients in professional, collegiate, and amateur sports organizations, the team has represented: 
  • Member teams of the National Football League; 
  • Member teams of the National Hockey League;
  • Major League Baseball, the National Football League, and other professional sports leagues;
  • Minor League Hockey Teams (including, member teams of the American Hockey League, East Coast Hockey League, and Southern Professional Hockey League);
  • Member teams of the National Lacrosse League;
  • Member teams of the Arena Football League and National Arena League
  • Thoroughbred racing stables; 
  • Numerous arena and stadium operators;
  • Sporting goods manufacturers; 
  • Sponsors;
  • Promoters; and 
  • Developers 
Our team is comprised of attorneys from the firm’s Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions, Real Estate, Employment, Litigation, Intellectual Property, Not-For-Profit, and Immigration Practice Teams.
Lippes Mathias’ attorneys assist clients in the sports, entertainment, and hospitality industries with: 
  • Acquisition and divestiture of professional sports organizations;
  • Acquisition and divestiture of restaurant and hotel properties;
  • Professional sports teams investments (both equity and debt transactions);
  • Investments in stadiums, arenas, and other sports complexes; 
  • Sponsorship agreements (both for brand sponsors and teams and venue operators) 
  • Naming rights agreements 
  • Stadium and arena license agreements
  • NCAA compliance matters and representation of athletes in connection with their Name, Image, and Likeness;
  • NCAA student eligibility  
  • Formation of restaurant, entertainment, and other hospitality properties 
  • License agreements 
  • Application for and compliance with state and federal alcoholic beverage licensing 
  • Facility and other special use agreements
  • Promoter agreements and brand and social media influencer contracts
  • Athlete and talent immigration matters                
  • Defense of sports, entertainment, and hospitality companies in litigation matters
  • Drafting contests/sweepstakes rules

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