Sports Law

Sports Teams & Facilities

Foster Pepper’s substantial experience across the sports industry positions our team of attorneys as significant players in complex facility development and financing as well as in the representation of teams and their ownership.

Sports Facility Development

Our firm is involved in nearly every phase of stadium and arena project development, including land use, planning, and zoning, real estate, construction, site selection, financing, and operation. We have drafted important legislation for major league professional sports facilities and defended it through appeals up to the United States Supreme Court.

Our experience includes representing:
  • Development of major and minor league professional and college sports and multipurpose facilities
  • Lenders in financing major and minor league sports facilities
  • Public bodies in financing major and minor league sports facilities
  • Teams in development of their headquarters and practice facilities

We are experienced in negotiating and drafting core lease and development documents, as well as construction and consulting agreements. We also are experienced with transportation and environmental remediation issues, preparing luxury suite and preferred-seat licenses, drafting legislation, serving as finance counsel, and working on sponsorship, signage and intellectual property rights matters.

Sports Team Representation

Foster Pepper has substantial experience representing prominent professional sports teams and their ownership. We provide practical legal advice on business, intellectual property, employment, and finance matters, and represent our sports clients in disputes before arbitration panels, federal or state courts and agencies, and in mediation.


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