Practice Areas & Industries: Loeb & Loeb LLP

 





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Practice/Industry Group Overview

Practice Capabilities

Whether you are a player or an owner or a tournament sponsor, you know that the sports industry is big business. Loeb & Loeb's team has extensive experience and an in-depth understanding of the unique legal issues related to sports. In addition to broad litigation and transactional services, our group offers a unique combination of complex entertainment and intellectual property expertise.


 

Services Available

Specifically, in our diverse practice we advise and counsel clients in issues concerning:

  • Transactions
    • Sponsorship opportunities
    • Television rights, production, and distribution
    • Broadband and mobile technology deals
    • Contracts
    • Advertising and promotions
    • Develop financing deals
    • General corporate work
  • Intellectual Property
    • Adoption, use, and protection of trademarks, service marks, trade names, Internet domain names, and trade dress
    • Copyright protection and licensing
    • Trademark licensing opportunities
    • Combating ambush marketing tactics and enforcement of marketing rights
  • Litigation
    • Intellectual property
    • Advertising and promotions
    • Contracts

Our experience also extends to matters involving state athlete-agent laws, agent regulations, and collective bargaining agreements, as well as sports administration matters such as Title IX implementation, drug testing, and NCAA eligibility.

Service Approach

Sports is not only big business, it is also an entertainment business. With Loeb & Loeb, our clients reap the benefits of our entertainment roots. From licensing to advertising to intellectual property to financing, our team draws on our history and experience to provide an unparalleled depth of knowledge of all issues affecting the sports industry.

We are particularly well versed in the explosive convergence of sports and digital media such as broadband and mobile communication deals. From developing media connections to branded entertainment issues, we are able to develop and negotiate scenarios that help our clients meet their business objectives.

We also work closely with a number of other groups at Loeb & Loeb, such as our corporate, real estate, commercial finance and mergers and acquisitions teams, to provide a full range of integrated services for our sports clients. Our experience includes:

  • Representing a prominent women's tennis tournament in its sale to the Women's Tennis Association
  • Representing the Association of Volleyball Professionals tour in corporate financing matters
  • Representing the PGA Tour in television matters
  • Representing several tennis tours in a variety of legal matters, including sponsorship and contract negotiations and resolution of intellectual property disputes
  • Working with the NCAA on a host of issues, including trademark enforcement and litigation, ambush marketing, and protection and exploitation of licensing properties and media rights
  • Negotiating a favorable settlement for a premier women's tennis tournament in a dispute over Americans with Disabilities Act issues
  • Representing a soccer promoter in the development of a soccer league
  • Negotiating and securing domain name nationals.com for MLB
  • Representing a major talent agency as a codefendant in an action brought against a major figure skater for breach of contract
  • Handling significant litigation for teams such as the New York Islanders, including an arbitration against the New Jersey Devils before NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman

Clients and Industries

In addition to famous athletes, including NBA and NFL players, professional teams, and sports organizations, we represent managers, leagues, tournaments, corporate sponsors, broadcasters, and other clients in sports-related matters. Our clients include:

  • Association of Tennis Professionals
  • MLB Advanced Media
  • Association of Volleyball Professionals
  • NBA Properties
  • Atlanta Braves
  • NCAA
  • Atlanta Spirit
  • Promotion Sports, Inc.
  • Boston Red Sox
  • PGA Tour
  • Churchill Downs
  • Tom Collins Champions on Ice
  • Madison Square Garden
  • William Morris Agency
  • Major League Baseball
 

Leadership in Law

In November 2003, the Women's Tennis Association honored Loeb & Loeb for its work with the not-for-profit Youth League Tennis at a WTA tournament at the Staples Center, Los Angeles. Youth League Tennis organizes after-school tennis leagues for children around the country.

In addition, we are frequent lecturers and contributors to publications on topics ranging from intellectual property to marketing. In the sports industry, our Sports Practice Group leader, Brian Socolow, has authored articles in publications such as OverTime, SportBusiness International, and Street & Smith's Sports Business Journal. In addition, Mr. Socolow is a member of the Sports Lawyers Association and has been a panelist on the protection of fans at sporting events.

Practice Contacts

Brian R. Socolow
Partner
212.407.4872
bsocolow@loeb.com


Kenneth R. Florin
Partner
212.407.4966
kflorin@loeb.com


Douglas N. Masters
Partner
312.464.3144
dmasters@loeb.com


Sunny Brenner
Partner
310.282.2284
sbrenner@loeb.com