Sports

Fox attorneys counsel athletes, regional, national and international sports teams, arena operators, governing bodies and leagues, collegiate athletic associations, athletic foundations, local governments, sponsors, media organizations and others on matters ranging from intellectual property and licensing to multimillion-dollar sponsorship deals and real estate.

Our team assists sports clients with the concrete and the virtual – athletic and entertainment facility development, brand marketing initiatives, facility contracts, game development, leasing issues, mobile applications, sponsorship agreements (including naming rights) and a host of legal issues. With our globally recognized gaming law practice, Fox attorneys also have a particular fluency in issues involving promotions, contests, campaigns and sweepstakes, including those in both traditional and social media platforms.

Fox assists athletes with contract negotiations, endorsement opportunities and a wide range of related issues such home purchases, estate plans and business opportunities. We offer competent representation that ensures a player's interests are adequately protected. We know that if not handled properly, the stress associated with potential legal matters can distract a player and affect his or her performance on the field. Our goal is to alleviate worry so our clients can stay focused on what matters most: the game.

Our attorneys are active in leading associations and organizations in the legal profession that are geared towards sports law, including the Sports Lawyers Association and the American Bar Association's Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries.

Many of our attorneys have personal experience as athletes, performers and agents that fuels their intimate knowledge of the industry. Immersed in the field for decades, we know what drives the sports industry. On top of emerging trends, and well versed in the sports industry’s history, we understand the daily decisions and challenges facing the owners, executives and managers of sports clubs, associations, governing bodies and teams.

Our sports industry attorneys have represented:

  • The Atlantic Coast Conference in a wide range of matters, including:
    • Complex litigation, including antitrust, commercial, and tort as well as class actions and/or multidistrict litigation regarding well-publicized issues such as limitations on student-athlete scholarships, conference realignment, name-image-likeness matters, and concussion claims.
    • Corporate/transactional matters, including general business guidance, governance, risk management guidance and contracts including media, venue, and event agreements.
    • NCAA regulations
    • Intellectual property, including trademark registrations, renewals, licenses and protection
    • Employment law, including matters involving business/commercial issues, independent contractor and right to control issues, EEOC claims, and litigation.
    • Non-profit law
    • Tax law
    • Real estate
  • Athletic conferences and individual universities in various corporate and litigation matters
  • Collegiate conference commissioners, an athletic director, and multiple college and professional coaches on employment contract issues, including non-compete covenants and termination clauses
  • Professional football and baseball players and wrestlers on a variety of contract matters, professional grievances, and tort litigation.
  • Professional and amateur sports organizations in football, baseball, and soccer in matters ranging from general corporate transactions and daily business operations to tort cases and IP/trademark litigation.
  • The local organizer of a PGA Tour event, providing general business guidance, advice on contracts, including numerous agreements with the PGA Tour, local venue, volunteer organizers, vendors and sponsors, and risk management guidance.
  • National Governing Bodies on antitrust review, internal corporate investigations and commercial litigation
  • The Philadelphia 76ers and the New Jersey Devils National Hockey League (NHL) franchise, in a deal with partypoker.com to become the first major U.S. professional sports teams to execute an online gaming sponsorship.
  • The City of Philadelphia and its economic development authority in connection with the expansion of the city’s sports complex, handling coordination with the state government, financing, leasing, environmental matters, insurance and all other aspects of the development. Served as lead attorney in the land assemblage and lease negotiations, which resulted in the development of Citizens Bank Park and Lincoln Financial Field, and the respective occupancy by the Philadelphia Phillies and the Philadelphia Eagles.
  • Negotiated the necessary contracts and licensing agreements with bid teams from London; Paris and Limerick, Ireland to bring Gay Games X to Paris in 2018.