For almost as long as professional and amateur sports have been enthralling fans, owners, and athletes, BakerHostetler has been on the front lines of these dynamic businesses. Having served as counsel to Major League Baseball since the 1920s—in addition to having represented leagues, teams, team owners, and sanctioning bodies for decades—we bring clients unparalleled understanding of the challenges, intricacies, and opportunities facing leagues, teams, and team owners, as well as developers, sponsors, and other segment groups affiliated with today’s ultracompetitive sports and entertainment industries.
Our Sports and Entertainment team, with more than 20 attorneys, brings diverse practice experience to our clients, including labor and employment, government policy, intellectual property, litigation, real estate transactions and finance, land use, and corporate and securities, so we understand and provide counsel based on the full context in which a client is operating.
Through our representation of leagues, teams, and team owners, our attorneys have unique insights into the complexities of taking the development of a professional sports venue from long-term vision to reality. In addition, we have a strong track record of working with and counseling all of the various parties involved in venue development, including governmental authorities and the creation of public/private partnerships.