245.4 sec. 001 - Drafting and Negotiating Sports Law Contracts (Fall 2023)
Instructor: Richard Brand (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
Instructor: Zachary Welsh
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Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: In-Person
Tu 6:25 PM - 9:05 PM
Location: Law 170
From August 22, 2023
To November 21, 2023
Course End: November 21, 2023
Class Number: 31598
Enroll Limit: 16
As of: 12/01 04:03 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 and sports team acquisition 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. The seminar will also feature sports law practitioners (e.g., general counsels 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 drafting 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 the first class and all subsequent classes 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. 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.
Rich Brand is Managing Partner of ArentFox Schiff’s San Francisco office and heads the firm’s Sports practice. He has been the lead attorney in connection with the largest, most complex, and most prominent transactions in California and the United States for many years. Rich represents professional sports franchises, owners of sports and entertainment facilities, sponsors and service content providers in connection with naming rights transactions, media rights agreements, sponsorship agreements, advertising agreements, promotional agreements, food and beverage agreements, suite and club seat licensing, and financings for professional sports teams and owners of sports and entertainment facilities. He also represents prospective purchasers and sellers of professional sports franchises and sports and entertainment facilities, negotiates player, coach and executive contracts, license agreements, 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, Inter Milan, Los Angeles Galaxy, Los Angeles Kings, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Rams, Madison Square Garden Company (the owner of the New York Knicks and New York Rangers), Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Dolphins, Miami Heat, New York City Football Club, New York Jets, New York Red Bulls, Oklahoma Thunder, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trailblazers, San Antonio Spurs, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Washington Capitals, and Washington Wizards.
Rich is recognized as a “Leading Lawyer” in sports by Legal 500 and as a leading real estate attorney by Best Lawyers and Legal 500. He is also recognized as a SportsBusiness Journal Power Player and was named one of the Daily Journal’s “Top 100 Lawyers” in California for a second time this year. Best Lawyers has also recognized Rich as a “Lawyer of the Year” for his high-profile sports work. He is often a featured speaker at national industry events and a go-to source for the San Francisco Business Times, Daily Journal, Law 360 and LawInSport.
Rich serves on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Sports Council, a prestigious group of individuals and corporate members of the sports business community.
Rich Brand earned his law degree from University of Pennsylvania Law School and his undergraduate degree in finance from Georgetown University.
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 or have prior permission of the instructor in order not to be dropped.
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