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245.4 sec. 001 - Drafting and Negotiating Sports Law Contracts (Fall 2019)

Instructor: Richard Brand  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Units: 3


    Tu 6:25 PM - 9:05 PM
    Location: Law 240
    From August 20, 2019
    To November 22, 2019

Course Start: August 20, 2019
Course End: November 22, 2019
Class Number: 32025

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 15
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 16
As of: 04/07 11:14 PM

This seminar focuses on the drafting and negotiation of certain sports law transaction documents. Examples of documents to be discussed in the seminar are suite license agreements, sponsorship agreements, naming rights agreements, sports team acquisition agreements and media rights agreements. This seminar is intended to be "hands-on" with all students having the opportunity to experience being a "sports law attorney." The class room environment is intended to simulate the experiences that a junior attorney would encounter in a law firm or corporate legal setting. The major emphasis of this seminar will be on how sports transaction documents are drafted, negotiated, revised and finalized. In addition to a discussion of some of the specific sports transaction documents and the drafting and negotiation techniques related to those documents, there will be general discussions of other sports law related issues. Depending on availability and timing, the seminar may also feature sports law practitioners (e.g., general counsel for professional sports teams or organizations) as guest speakers to discuss their sports law experiences and their perspective on some of the documentation covered by this seminar. There will be no exams but instead there will be a number of independent writing assignments which will require the students to draft transaction documents based on forms from actual sports transactions. The final assignment will be a group assignment consisting of drafting, negotiating and finalizing a sports transaction document. There will also be numerous negotiation sessions. Attendance at all class sessions is mandatory. Enrolled and waitlisted students must attend the first class meeting to be enrolled in the course and waitlisted students must continue to attend classes until they are either enrolled or until the final determination of their waitlist status is made. Late papers are subject to grading penalties. Class participation (quality not quantity), attendance, written drafting assignments, and the final negotiation/drafting assignment are the elements considered in determining the grade.

Biographical Information:

Rich Brand, the Managing Partner of Arent Fox LLP’s San Francisco Office and chair of the Sports Practice Group, focuses on sports law, real estate and corporate transactions, e-commerce, hospitality and leisure, and partnership and corporate law. His sports law practice centers on naming rights, sponsorships, media rights, acquisitions of professional sports franchises, arena/stadium licenses, executive contracts, concession agreements, suite and club seat licenses, and financings for teams and facilities. Rich has represented numerous professional teams, including the Atlanta Hawks, Brooklyn Nets, Charlotte Hornets, Cleveland Cavaliers, DC United, Inter Milan, Los Angeles Galaxy, Los Angeles Kings, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Rams, Madison Square Garden Company (New York Knicks & Rangers), Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Dolphins, Miami Heat, New York Jets, Oklahoma Thunder, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trailblazers, San Antonio Spurs, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Washington Capitals, and Washington Wizards. Rich is recognized as one of the top 11 leading sports lawyers in the US by Legal 500, a leading sports attorney by Chambers USA, a leading real estate attorney by Legal 500 and Best Lawyers, a SportsBusiness Journal Power Player, and one of the Top 100 Attorneys in California by the Daily Journal. He speaks extensively on many aspects of sports, real estate, and hospitality law and is frequently featured as a sports law commentator in media such as CNN, Fox Sports, San Francisco Business Times, LawinSport, and other publications. Rich regularly guest lectures at prominent undergraduate and graduate Sports Administration programs.

Attendance at the first class is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present on the first day of class (without prior permission of the instructor) will be dropped. The instructor will continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend in order not to be dropped.

Requirements Satisfaction:

Units from this class count towards the J.D. Experiential Requirement.

Exam Notes: (None) Class requires a series of papers, assignments, or presentations throughout the semester
Course Category: Simulation Courses
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
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