Entertainment & Sports

Gordon Silver represents a wide range of entertainment and sports clients, including:


Mixed martial arts (“MMA”) organizations
NBA, MLB and ATP players, IRL drivers and professional fighters
Boxing promoters
Film, television and live stage production companies
Record labels

Additionally, we represent numerous casinos, nightclubs, restaurants and other entertainment venues. We have long standing relationships in the sports, entertainment and media industries that enable us to understand the business and legal aspects of our clients' operations and provide them with access to valuable resources within these fields.


Within the entertainment industry, the firm has considerable experience:


Negotiating and drafting a wide range of agreements, including sponsorship, content licensing, film and television production, distribution, recording, music publishing, rights of publicity, live performance, talent agreements, personal management, talent and screenplay option and purchase agreements.
Counseling clients regarding the structuring of partnerships, joint ventures and co-productions, entertainment contracts, venue leases and licenses, union and guild agreement compliance, child talent contracts, rights acquisitions and related due diligence and rights clearances for entertainment properties (motion pictures, television programs, video games, software, books, music and websites).
Counseling clients involved in the provision of entertainment content via emerging digital media technologies, such as online retailers of digital music, motion pictures, videogames and other audiovisual content.
Clearing title for property names, securing the rights associated with the names, licensing their intellectual property to others, and enforcing their rights against unauthorized users.
Assisting production companies and artists in the licensing and distribution of their rights in live and recorded musical and dance performances, television shows, and sporting and entertainment events by drafting production agreements, talent agreements, and rights of publicity and location releases, securing rights to perform music and other recordings at events, and registering the trademarks and copyrights embodied in the performances, shows and events.
Licensing publicity rights and intellectual property to others for merchandising, endorsement and sponsorship purposes and offering private label products and services.
Clearing title for books and other creative works.

Representative Clients

Caesars Entertainment, Inc.; El Cortez Hotel & Casino; Griffen Corporation; Kardashian and Jenner family; Riviera Hotel & Casino; Sahara Hotel & Casino; Sands Corporation; Shaquille O’Neal; Station Casinos; Stratosphere Corporation; Sylvester Stallone; Wynn Las Vegas, LLC; Zuffa, LLC d/b/a Ultimate Fighting Championship; Gold & Silver Pawn Shop


The firm's sports attorneys have substantial experience:


Represent large international sports entertainment company in numerous commercial, trademark and copyright enforcement matters filed in state and federal courts, before the TTAB and internationally, resulting in favorable outcomes for the client.
Assisting and advising professional sports organizations with the securing of financing, corporate structuring, tax, regulatory compliance, intellectual property and labor and employment law matters.
Negotiating and drafting tournament and player agreements and personal management agreements.
Assisting athletes and sports organizations in protecting, enforcing and monetizing their intellectual property and publicity rights, developing and expanding their brand identities, and negotiating and drafting of employment, personal services, endorsement, sponsorship and licensing agreements.
Assisting clients in the litigation of disputes involving trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, trade dress, defamation and contracts, among other relevant areas of law, in state and federal courts in the U.S., in proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and abroad.

Representative Clients

Alex Rodriguez; Amar’e Stoudemire, LLC; Kyrie Irving; Lamar Odom; Matt Barnes; Shane Victorino; Shaquille O’Neal; Top Rank, Inc.; Zuffa, LLC d/b/a Ultimate Fighting Championship

Our entertainment and sports lawyers also work in conjunction with attorneys from other practice groups to provide a full array of related legal services to our sports and entertainment clients including, for example, assisting clients with securing financing and investors, securities regulations, tax and estate planning, protection and management of assets, and litigation of issues including rights of privacy, rights of publicity, defamation and first amendment free speech rights.

Our Entertainment and Sports Group is dedicated to providing the best entertainment and sports law representation and practical counseling uniquely tailored to permit clients to maximize the value of their particular ideas, talents and skills.  If you would like further information about the Entertainment and Sports Group and how we can better assist you, please contact any one of our members.

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