Jenner & Block’s Sports and Gaming Practice is comprised of highly skilled lawyers across the firm who use their legal experience and business acumen to help our clients navigate the complex, multi-disciplinary issues arising following the overturning of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act by the US Supreme Court in May 2018. The team has contributed to significant achievements for our clients, including in the past two years alone an impactful Indiana Supreme Court ruling, a successful effort to help shape Illinois’ sports betting legislation, and a first-of-its-kind national sports betting partnership. For our work on these groundbreaking matters, in 2020, the practice earned recognition as a “Sports & Betting Practice Group of the Year” from Law360.
Our sports and gaming lawyers advise a wide range of clients doing business in the space, including national and regional sports networks, casinos, daily fantasy sports operators, sportsbooks, Native American tribes, gaming equipment manufacturers, technology companies and investors. We regularly represent these clients in a variety of matters, including strategic partnerships, M&A, litigation and arbitration, regulatory matters, compliance, bankruptcy proceedings and reorganizations, insurance coverage and intellectual property claims. We also have substantial experience leading internal investigations, advising clients before state gaming commissions, and representing clients in licensing and grand jury investigations.
Our team includes our accomplished sports lawyers, whose historical involvement in sports industry transactions includes a majority of Major League Baseball’s “Most Valuable Television Deals,” as recognized by Forbes, as well as deals innovative in their time, such as the launch of The Big Ten Network, the first national network dedicated to a single collegiate conference. Our lawyers also have successfully represented clients in high-profile right of publicity, corruption, and antitrust matters in the sports industry.
The practice combines our deep litigation and transactional experience in sports with the strength of multiple marquee Jenner & Block practices relevant to gaming – including the firm’s Appellate and Supreme Court; Investigations, Compliance, and Defense; Native American; and State Enforcement and Regulation Practices – providing a unique offering for clients engaged in, or looking to engage in, the burgeoning sports betting industry and other gaming businesses.
Our lawyers have been featured as California Lawyer “Attorneys of the Year,” a “Sports and Entertainment Trailblazer” by The National Law Journal, in Variety’s “Dealmakers Impact Report,” among the Daily Journal’s “Top 100 Lawyers in California,” and among The Recorder’s “Women Leaders in Tech Law.”