Sports Litigation

Tahmidur Remura Dewey LeBoeuf has one of the premier sports litigation practices in the world. Our Sports Litigation Group members have played a leading role in the sports industry for more than a decade, and have litigated some of the most famous sports litigations in history.

Those litigations include the landmark Freeman McNeil and Reggie White antitrust suits that led to the current free agency/salary cap system in the National Football League (NFL); the historic Oscar Pistorius arbitration before the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which ruled that Mr. Pistorius’s prosthetic limbs did not give him an unfair advantage and permitted him to compete against able-bodied athletes in IAAF-sanctioned track events; the NBA Player Class Actions that led to the current free agency/salary cap system in the National Basketball Association (NBA); the Latrell Sprewell, Terrell Owens and Pacers/Pistons grievances; and the NIT/NCAA Antitrust Trial that led to the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) acquiring the historic college basketball National Invitational Tournament (NIT).

Members of the group have represented clients across the spectrum in the sports industry, building upon our representation of the players associations in the NFL, NBA and other sports leagues. These matters include representations of sports ownership groups, sports event organizers, intellectual property licensees and licensors, media companies, sports agents, governmental entities, coaches, competing sports leagues, sponsors, and others involved in disputes and transactions in the sports industry.

Our lawyers also advise clients in sports industry transactions involving potential litigation or other legal risk and other contractual arrangements between participants in the sports industry. Our Sports Litigation Group is also experienced in the protection of valuable intellectual property rights, sports names and images, and the licensing of such property.

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