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The sports industry has become a complex, multi-national business spanning a wide range of new and emerging platforms. McGuireWoods has been serving sports industry clients for over 30 years. We take a multi-disciplinary approach to the practice, as our sports team comprises lawyers from many different practice groups within the firm. Practice groups represented include debt finance, M&A and corporate, private equity, labor and employment, intellectual property protection, complex commercial litigation, insolvency and creditors’ rights, real estate and construction financing, and tax.

We have handled a diverse array of matters for clients in different facets of the industry. Our debt finance team is a leader in placing major credit facilities for major professional sports leagues and teams, and for the construction of major professional sports facilities. We have negotiated contracts for athletes and coaches, have handled high-stakes intellectual property litigation in the industry, been at the forefront in handling large sponsorship and sports marketing transactions, and have represented owners in professional sports franchises in the United States and overseas.

Our sports lawyers are routinely quoted in the press on cutting edge issues and our annual Sports Marketing and Sponsorship Symposium, co-presented with sports giant IMG, is routinely oversubscribed. 

CONTACTS

Richard S. Grant Partner T: +1 310 315 8234
Anders O. V. Grundberg Senior Counsel T: +44 20 7632 1604
Kevin A. McGinnis Partner T: +1 704 343 2068
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RESULTS DEPEND ON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH CASE. PRIOR RESULTS DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT A SIMILAR OUTCOME.

Case Study

McGuireWoods helps former Kansas State football coach Ron Prince obtain settlement

McGuireWoods represented former Kansas State University football coach Ron Prince in a contract dispute with the university that was settled this month. As part of the settlement, Prince is absolved of any wrongdoing involving a contested buyout agreement signed by Prince and the school’s former athletic director Robert Krause.

Representative Matter

Investment subsidiary of a Fortune 100 financial institution

Representation of the investment subsidiary of a Fortune 100 financial institution as lead arranger of a secured amended and restated revolving credit facility up to $85 million provided to a National League Major League Baseball team.
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Fortune 100 financial institution

Representation of a Fortune 100 financial institution in connection with a $25 million revolving credit facility provided to one of the holding companies of a Major League Baseball team.
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Fortune 100 financial institution

Representation of a Fortune 100 financial institution as lender in connection with a revolving credit facility provided to a National Football League team.
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Autosports legend

Defended autosports legend in a trademark trial and appeal board proceeding filed by a worldwide leader and manufacturer of sports equipment opposing registrations of our client as word mark and signature mark, and reached a favorable settlement.
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Bonds issued to save hockey team

McGuireWoods' Pittsburgh and Baltimore offices recently teamed up to serve as counsel to PNC Capital Markets LLC in connection with the issuance of $313,265,000 of tax-exempt and taxable bonds by the Sport & Exhibition Authority of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. The bonds were issued to finance the development and construction of a new 18,000-seat arena in downtown Pittsburgh for the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins.
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Investment subsidiary of a Fortune 100 financial institution

Representation of the investment subsidiary of a Fortune 100 financial institution as lead arranger of a $50 million Unsecured Revolving Credit Facility for a sports related broadcasting company
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Professional sports franchise

Representation of professional sports franchise on licensing and digital rights ownership.
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Professional cricket league in the United States

Counsel in venture financing, general corporate, and league matters to group holding US rights to develop and undertake professional cricket league in the United States.
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Private equity sponsor

Representation of private equity sponsor in its acquisition of English Premier League.
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Pittsburgh Hockey Associates d/b/a Pittsburgh Penguins

Representation of Pittsburgh Hockey Associates d/b/a Pittsburgh Penguins as Chapter 11 debtor.
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NFL, NBA and MLS players, coaches and senior management

Representation in contract negotiations and employment issues for NFL, NBA and MLS players, coaches and senior management.
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NBA franchise

Advised NBA franchise on its offshore commercial agreements.
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NASCAR driver and team

Handling of all aspects of NASCAR driver and team representation, including driver contracts with owners, endorsement deals, and sponsorship agreements.
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Lender providing credit facilities

Representation of lender providing separate credit facilities to English Premier League football clubs.
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Major automobile manufacturer

Representation of major automobile manufacturer in its sponsorship deals with 20 NBA teams tied to is sponsorship deal with the NBA.
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Major financial institution

Representation of major financial institution offering credit facilities to NBA teams.
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Sports management company

Advised on general taxation matters and brand development issues for sports management company.
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Stadium authorities and municipalities

Representation of stadium authorities and municipalities in connection with multiple financings of MLB stadiums.
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Sponsors of NASCAR races, teams and drivers

Representation of sponsors of NASCAR races, teams and drivers, including sponsorship contract negotiation, licensing issues, and dispute resolution.
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Mary Dalton Baril Mary Dalton Baril
Partner
One James Center
901 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219-4030

T: +1 804 775 1169
F: +1 804 698 2009
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Marshall Beil Marshall Beil
Partner
1345 Avenue of the Americas
7th Floor
New York, NY 10105-0106

T: +1 212 548 7004
F: +1 212 715 2319
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Bryan C Brantley Bryan C. Brantley
Partner
EQT Plaza
625 Liberty Avenue
23rd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15222-3142

T: +1 412 667 7983
F: +1 412 667 7971
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Todd Brewer Todd Brewer
Partner
JPMorgan Chase Tower
600 Travis Street
Suite 7500
Houston, TX 77002-2906

T: +1 832 255 6322
F: +1 832 214 9926
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Christian Brose Christian Brose
Partner
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 343 2315
F: +1 704 444 8871
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Rick Conner Rick Conner
Counsel
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 343 2137
F: +1 704 444 8790
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Adam M Damerow Adam M. Damerow
Associate
77 West Wacker Drive
Suite 4100
Chicago, IL 60601-1818

T: +1 312 849 3681
F: +1 312 698 4553
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Frank J Donatelli Frank J. Donatelli
Partner
2001 K Street N.W.
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20006-1040

T: +1 202 857 2914
F: +1 202 857 1737
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Howard Feller Howard Feller
Partner
One James Center
901 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219-4030

T: +1 804 775 4393
F: +1 804 698 2051
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Richard S Grant Richard S. Grant
Partner
1800 Century Park East
8th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90067-1501

T: +1 310 315 8234
F: +1 310 956 3134
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Joshua K Green Joshua K. Green
Associate
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 343 2155
F: +1 704 353 6154
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Adam J Greene Adam J. Greene
Partner
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 373 8996
F: +1 704 444 8894
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David L Greenspan David L. Greenspan
Partner
1750 Tysons Boulevard
Suite 1800
Tysons Corner, VA 22102-4215

T: +1 703 712 5096
F: +1 703 712 5214
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Anders O V Grundberg Anders O. V. Grundberg
Senior Counsel
11 Pilgrim Street
London EC4V 6RN
United Kingdom

T: +44 20 7632 1604
F: +44 20 7632 1638
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James Hans Guterman James Hans Guterman
Counsel
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 343 2007
F: +1 704 444 8735
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J. Kate Harris Hatcher J. Kate Harris Hatcher
Partner
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 343 2239
F: +1 704 444 8811
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Melanie Holloway Melanie C. Holloway
Counsel
One James Center
901 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219-4030

T: +1 804 775 1019
F: +1 804 698 2027
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Kevin P Kearney Kevin P. Kearney
Associate
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 343 2345
F: +1 704 805 5061
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William M Long William M. Long
Partner
77 West Wacker Drive
Suite 4100
Chicago, IL 60601-1818

T: +1 312 750 8916
F: +1 312 920 6591
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Kevin A McGinnis Kevin A. McGinnis
Partner
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 343 2068
F: +1 704 444 8740
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Loy McKeithen Loy McKeithen
Senior Counsel
11 Pilgrim Street
London EC4V 6RN
United Kingdom

201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +44 20 7632 1663
F: +44 20 7632 1638
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T:704.343.2011
F: 704.444.8756

Mona G. Mohib
VP, Federal Public Affairs McGuireWoods Consulting LLC
2001 K Street N.W.
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20006-1040

T: +1 202 857 2912
F: +1 202 857 2958
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Matthew D Monsour Matthew D. Monsour
Associate
EQT Plaza
625 Liberty Avenue
23rd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15222-3142

T: +1 412 667 7985
F: +1 412 667 7960
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Kim Nakamaru Kimberly M. Nakamaru
Associate
1800 Century Park East
8th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90067-1501

T: +1 310 956 3451
F: +1 310 315 8210
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Robert B Rakison Robert B. Rakison
Partner
11 Pilgrim Street
London EC4V 6RN
United Kingdom

T: +44 20 7632 1620
F: +44 20 7632 1638
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Speaking Engagement

3rd Annual National Sports Law Negotiation Competition

September 20-22, 2013
San Diego, CA
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Article

Sports Marketing and Social Media

Los Angeles Daily Journal
September 6, 2012
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