As sporting events have evolved from local entertainment to global appeal, sports organizations and businesses have seen a dramatic rise in the number and complexity of legal issues they face today. The growth in worldwide popularity of sports such as football, hockey and basketball, combined with worldwide multi-media platforms, has created a demand for modern facilities, management teams, financing arrangements and a host of other transactional requirements.
Baker & McKenzie’s sports and entertainment law team has extensive experience providing sport federations, individual athletes and entertainers, teams, sports and entertainment facilities owners and public authorities with the global legal perspective they need. Our full-service capability and global reach allows us to advise sports clients on a wide range of issues including intellectual property, dispute resolution, commercial, tax, contract, corporate and competition law.
We help clients navitage all types of sports contracts, including sponsorship, media rights and employment agreements. We also advise sports organizations and federations on determining their appropriate legal structures and represent clients in disputes before the regular courts, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (TAS) and in arbitral proceedings (BAT).