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Andrews Kurth relies on a cross-discipline approach to advising our sports and entertainment clients, pooling our vast resources in 11 locations, multiple jurisdictions, and the full range of related practice and industry specialties, including all aspects of corporate law, public finance and regulatory law, traditional and project finance, private equity and fund formation, real estate, tax, antitrust, intellectual property, labor, employment and immigration, bankruptcy and distressed assets, and business litigation.

Whether advising on the acquisition or disposition of professional sports franchises or the development, growth and infrastructure of venues and related associations, or working with individual athletes, coaches, administrators and executives on their career trajectory, we have the breadth and depth of experience required to seamlessly and strategically address the myriad of legal considerations involved in the complex business of sports law. Our practice includes:

How We Help Our Clients

Andrews Kurth has represented individual athletes, performers, multinational entertainment companies, sports franchises, public sports authorities and other governmental entities and private developers with practical counsel that protects their interests. Our sports and entertainment lawyers work closely with firm-wide colleagues practicing in corporate, intellectual property, labor, public finance, construction, hospitality and real estate law to tailor solutions to clients’ specific concerns.

Sports and Recreation

Andrews Kurth represents all varieties of sports organizations, associations, franchises and teams, sports management and promotional companies, and the athletes, coaches and executives comprising the teams, staff and back office management. We also represent the investor groups, financial institutions, private equity funds, family offices, and related parties to the sale and purchase of teams or franchises, and the financing of teams, tournaments or large-scale special events.

Entertainment

We represent performing artists, producers, production companies, broadcasters, Internet and technology companies, and publishers. Our clients work in a wide range of media, including motion pictures, music, broadcast and cable television. Andrews Kurth lawyers advise a number of companies in new media fields, including Internet and multimedia ventures, online gaming and entertainment software.

Construction and Venue Development

From project inception and financing through construction and operation agreements, Andrews Kurth provides top-to-bottom counsel to management companies and public authorities that develop and operate sports stadiums and similar facilities. For example, we have represented the Harris County - Houston Sports Authority in the development, construction and financing of Reliant Stadium, Minute Maid Park, the Toyota Center and BBVA Compass Stadium. We also represented the City of Sugar Land, Texas in the construction, development and financing of Constellation Field and the City of Cedar Park, Texas with regards to the construction, development and financing of Cedar Park Center.

In addition, our lawyers are skilled at handling the transactional details of stadium operations involving:

Public and Private Governing Bodies

Andrews Kurth has a nationally recognized public law practice with a well-earned reputation for managing the complex mix of public and private financing often required to complete sports facility projects. We have an in-depth understanding of the regulations that govern contracting with local, state and federal governments and routinely handle all aspects of public and private financing, contracting and litigation. We have been on both sides of representations dealing with state and local governments, authorities and other agencies in the issuances of revenue or general obligation bonds for financing the development, construction and operation of all types of capital projects. In our representation of local government entities, we serve as outside general counsel to the Harris County - Houston Sports Authority.

Brand Protection, Merchandising and Distribution

Andrews Kurth’s intellectual property lawyers work with our sports and entertainment clients from the outset to register and protect trademarks, ensure brands are established as revenue-generating assets, protect and maximize the value of trademarks and copyrighted works, and manage the legal issues involved in creating, distributing or using all manner of marks, merchandise and original content. We also help organizations and its athletes and entertainers develop, structure and execute licensing strategies and agreements and maximize such licensing opportunities so as to result in more than just an extra revenue stream.

We represent corporations, media companies, celebrities and others. We counsel them on extending and safeguarding their brands through licensing, sponsorship and endorsements of events, products, services and websites. With the global reach of the entertainment business, our lawyers also regularly create international joint ventures to distribute varied entertainment content and products.

Our IP counseling and litigation experience includes sports and entertainment related copyrights and trademarks, rights of publicity, and protection of celebrities and their estates. We also have a wealth of experience representing broadcasters and publishers in issues involving music and film rights, literary works and game designs.

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