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Jenner & Block Special Counsel David W. Sussman was named co-chair of the New York City Bar Association’s Sports Law Committee. The Sports Law Committee explores current legal issues across professional and amateur sports, including labor-management relations and collective bargaining, intellectual property licensing and protection, antitrust issues, drug and performance-enhancing drug testing, amateurism and international sports law. Members of the Committee include representatives from major sports leagues, players' unions and player agents, professional teams, sports-related media firms and law firms with specialties in sports law. The Committee has organized a wide range of panels addressing important legal issues in the world of professional and amateur sports.
Mr. Sussman, a member of the firm’s nationally recognized Content, Media & Entertainment Practice, represents sports organizations, network, studio and online distributors, and media and other businesses in licensing, distribution and other agreements to use content, litigations, mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic alliances. He has more than 25 years of experience in legal and leadership positions at some of the most prominent companies in the sports, media and entertainment industries, including having served as general counsel and chief operating officer of the New York Yankees where he handled player contract negotiations, media deals, stadium lease and relocation issues.