Jenner & Block’s Sports and Gaming Practice comprises 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 in the sports and gaming industries. 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 lawyers advise a wide range of clients, including national and regional sports networks, professional sports teams, 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, anti-money laundering and other compliance issues, bankruptcy proceedings and reorganizations, insurance coverage and intellectual property. We also have substantial experience leading internal investigations and representing clients in 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. We have significant experience with sports broadcasting litigation, including matters involving the valuation of media rights and music licensing for professional and college sports telecasts. We have advised NFL and MLB teams on the resolution of FAA obstruction and radio/radar interference issues impeding new stadium construction, and represented colleges and universities in NCAA investigations and enforcement actions, as well as internal athletic department investigations. Our lawyers also have successfully represented clients in high-profile right of publicity, corruption and antitrust matters in the sports industry.
This breadth of experience and involvement in sports businesses provide us with meaningful insight particularly suited for advising and representing companies engaged in – or looking to engage in – the burgeoning sports betting industry. Recognizing the complexity of issues inherent in gaming, including sports betting, the Sports and Gaming Practice also includes lawyers from other marquee Jenner & Block practices – including our Appellate and Supreme Court; Investigations, Compliance, and Defense; Restructuring and Bankruptcy; and State Enforcement and Regulation practices. Recognizing the critical and unique role that Native American tribes and tribal casinos play in the gaming ecosystem, our team also includes lawyers from Jenner & Block’s nationally renowned Native American Law Practice, which consists of enrolled members and descendants of several federally recognized tribes, including a former general counsel of the National Indian Gaming Commission and the first Native American to serve as a US Ambassador. Their inclusion enables us to represent our clients on transactions, litigation, investigations and government relations matters involving, among other issues, sovereign immunity, treaties, taxation, reservation land status and the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.
In addition to the practice being named a “Sports & Betting Practice Group of the Year” by Law360, many of our lawyers have earned recognition for our sports and gaming work, including as: