Sports and Entertainment Law

We have represented sports law and entertainment clients for over 20 years. We represent athletes, entertainers, agents, leagues, a professional sports team, media properties, models, modeling agencies, restaurants and clubs. We have consulted with eight first round draft picks in the NFL draft and have been featured on the NFL League Security Video filmed by NFL Films. This video is shown to every NFL player as counsel on how to avoid the problems and pitfalls of being a celebrity professional athlete.

With substantial experience in negotiating with professional and college sports organizations, we are well qualified to advise on a number of sports-related issues, including: player contracts, agent contracts, endorsement and sponsorship agreements, labor law matters, broadcasting agreements, trademark, copyright and merchandising issues, as well as general corporate, finance and litigation matters. The group, headed by Alan Fertel, is positioned to represent sports teams, team owners, coaches and individual athletes in a wide variety of matters. Alan is the Vice Chair of the Miami-Dade Sports Commission and is also the Chair of the Sports Committee of The Florida Bar Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section. The group’s extensive knowledge of the ownership structures used by professional sports franchises, combined with our experience in establishing public/private coalitions to support sports-related projects, prepares our attorneys to represent owners and investors in the purchase and sale of sports teams and ownership interests in such teams.

Our experience and clients include the following:

  • Broadcast agreement negotiations for the Miami Dolphins, Florida Panthers, Miami Marlins and the University of Miami Hurricanes
  • General counsel to the World Water Skiing Championships, World Series Of Boxing, the National Senior Games, and the Miami-Dade County Special Olympics
  • Structuring, drafting and negotiating agreements for the acquisition, development, construction, management, lease and use of sports facilities, including the American Airlines Arena and firm client, the Miami Heat
  • Representation of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, Inc. in the negotiation of a multi-year endorsement Agreement with Chris "Birdman" Andersen of the Miami Heat to serve as the spokesperson for the "Hard Rock" energy drink
  • Representation of the City of Doral regarding the principal hosting agreement for the 2014 Miss Universe Pageant
  • Negotiations with the WWE to host and produce WrestleMania 28, including contracts with SunLife Stadium and American Airlines Arena as the venues, title and other sponsorship agreements and related agreements
  • Former and current professional athletes including former Miami Dolphin and New York Giant Sam Madison and Former U.S. World Cup goalie Brianna Scurrey against unscrupulous agents and professional advisors
  • Franchise acquisition, disposition and joint ventures
  • Securing government incentives for sports facilities as well as structuring, drafting and negotiating related agreements with governmental and quasi-governmental agencies
  • Major and minor league affiliations
  • Marketing, broadcasting, endorsement and sponsorship issues
  • Trademark and licensing issues
  • Matters involving professional sports leagues, and players associations, including the National Basketball Association, the National Football League, the National Hockey League, Major League Baseball, the Arena Football League, the Professional Golf Association and the Ladies Professional Golf Association
  • Structuring, drafting and negotiating management and coaching staff contracts
  • Premises liability defense
  • Immigration matters
  • Sports media
  • Stadium and other venue use agreements
  • Title and other sponsorships
  • Team agreements
  • Talent and hosting agreements
  • Media and broadcast contracts (television and radio)
  • Hotel agreements
  • Concessionaire agreements
  • Licensing agreements
  • Security agreements
  • Naming rights agreements
  • Corporate governance and board liability for non-profit sports clients
  • Practice site facilities and other use agreements