As the global sports industry continues to expand, new legal challenges are emerging and transforming the playing field. The multibillion dollar financings and multijurisdictional regulatory regimes demand players have the same preparation and passion that teams exhibit in stadiums and arenas around the world. Cadwalader’s Sports Law Practice offers the multidisciplinary experience and insight necessary to help clients build their game plans and reach their goals.
We represent governing organizations – including the NHL, NBA, ATP and NCAA – as well as individual franchises and athletes across a full spectrum of issues, including commercial and corporate litigation, enforcement and compliance investigations, antitrust matters, intellectual property disputes, employment and compensation arrangements, and municipal finance and securitization transactions.
Cadwalader has represented entities and individuals in a wide range of matters, including Anheuser-Busch in intellectual property and commercial litigation matters related to sponsorship agreements with several NFL teams and Major League Baseball, Guggenheim Securities in the securitization of broadcasting rights for Europe’s largest football leagues, and a swap and credit support provider in financing a convention center and Camden Yards in Maryland.
Our attorneys are involved with high-profile investigations involving sports organizations at both the professional and collegiate levels. Recently we represented North Carolina State University in the investigation by the SDNY U.S. Attorney’s Office into bribes made by apparel companies to prospective student-athletes and their families to facilitate the student-athlete committing to play basketball at certain institutions. We have also conducted independent investigations for the NCAA into conduct by its Enforcement Staff and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill into allegations of academic and athletic irregularities. We are uniquely experienced in the management of and response to major legal crises in sports.
Our attorneys identify and monitor changing variables, analyze potential actions and outcomes, and make strategic decisions throughout the course of an investigation, managing the flow of information between the client, regulatory bodies, and the press. Our goal is to prevent or mitigate reputational and/or financial damage to clients and help keep them in the game, and our considerable government experience coupled with decades in private practice gives us intimate knowledge of all the players.
Off the Court: A Candid Conversation on the Dynamic Legal Environment of College Sports Today
Off the Court Panel I: Exploring the Current Legal Landscape of College Sports, A Candid Conversation on the Dynamic Legal Environment of College Sports Today
Since the National College Athletic Association was founded more than a century ago, college sports have evolved tremendously from a student pastime to a billion dollar industry replete with its own regulatory, legal and business challenges. Listen to a panel of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP attorneys survey the myriad challenges and legal issues in college sports today. Topics discussed include antitrust, performance enhancing drugs/controlled substances, Title IX, and independent investigations. This informative panel was moderated by Anne M. Tompkins, with panelists Jodi L. Avergun and Kenneth L. Wainstein and is set as a primer for Panel II: Survey of Regulatory, Legal, and Business Challenges in College Sports, which was moderated by Kenneth L. Wainstein, with esteemed panelists Jay S. Bilas, Dr. E. Gordon Gee, and Thomas W. Ross.
Off the Court Panel II: Survey of Regulatory, Legal, and Business Challenges in College Sports, A Candid Conversation on the Dynamic Legal Environment of College Sports Today
The nation continues to debate the role of college sports in society as university athletic budgets and rivalries grow more intense. Listen to an distinguished panel as they shed light on these topics and review legal challenges that question the concept of amateurism, including whether or not student athletes should be paid, as well as the academic experience student athletes receive, and the potential for NCAA reform. Hosted by Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, this talk was moderated by Kenneth L. Wainstein with a panel featuring ESPN Analyst Jay S. Bilas, WVU President Dr. E. Gordon Gee, and UNC system President Emeritus Thomas W. Ross.