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245.4 sec. 001 - Drafting and Negotiating Sports Law Contracts (Fall 2020)

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

Due to COVID-19, this class is remote for Fall 2020.
Mode of Instruction: Remote Instruction


Tu 6:25 PM - 9:05 PM
Location: Internet/Online
From August 18, 2020
To November 30, 2020

Course Start: August 18, 2020
Course End: November 30, 2020
Class Number: 32231

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 13
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 16
As of: 12/07 09:41 AM

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 classroom 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.

Due to the nature of this class, some or all of the sessions may not be recorded and posted except as required for accommodation of students with disabilities.

Due to the nature of this class, real-time attendance is required (without an alternative way to earn equivalent credit) except in cases of illness or emergency.

Biographical Information

Rich Brand is Managing Partner of Arent Fox’s San Francisco office and heads the firm’s Sports practice. He advises professional sports franchises, owners of sports and entertainment facilities, sponsors, and service content providers in virtually all areas of sports law, including in media rights, naming rights and sponsorship transactions, arena and stadium leases and licenses, suite and club seat licensing, financings for pro sports teams as well as advertising, promotional, and food and beverage/concession agreements. Rich also advises prospective purchasers and sellers of pro sports franchises and sports and entertainment facilities and negotiates player, coaches, and executive contracts, license agreements, as well as salary cap and collective bargaining interpretation, and related matters for professional sports teams.

Rich has counseled numerous professional sports team clients in all the major leagues, including the Atlanta Hawks, Brooklyn Nets, Charlotte Hornets, Cleveland Cavaliers, DC United, Los Angeles Galaxy, Los Angeles Kings, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Rams, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Dolphins, Miami Heat, New York Jets, Oklahoma Thunder, Phoenix Suns, San Francisco 49ers, San Antonio Spurs, Seattle Seahawks, Washington Capitals, and the Washington Wizards. Rich Brand is on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Sports Council, a prestigious group comprising individuals and corporate members of the sports business community. He is often a featured speaker at national industry events and a go-to source for the San Francisco Business Times, Daily Journal, LawInSport, and the YES Network’s Forbes SportsMoney talk show. He has routinely appeared on CNN, Fox Sports, and other national media programs. He was recently named a ‘Sports Lawyer of the Year’ by The Best Lawyers in America©. Rich Brand earned his law degree from University of Pennsylvania Law School and his undergraduate degree in finance from Georgetown University.

Real-time attendance at the first Zoom 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 or have prior permission of the instructor 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:
Business Law

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