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Sports Franchise and Media Rights Law

Sports Franchise and Media Rights Law

Decades of Experience with the Sports Industry

For over two decades, Rifkin Weiner Livingston LLC (RWL) has provided legal advice and counsel to professional sports teams, sports enterprises and regional sports networks. From facility acquisitions to the development of a regional sports network, RWL has been in the forefront of legal issues in the sports industry.  RWL attorneys were instrumental in the approval and development of Oriole Park at Camden Yards, the acquisition and development of the Baltimore Orioles’ spring training facility in Sarasota, Florida, the formation and evolution of the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, the relocation of the Washington Redskins to Maryland, media and sponsorship agreements, facility security and ADA-related matters and a wide variety of other legal issues.

Experienced Advice and Counsel

RWL’s Managing Partner, Alan Rifkin, is nationally recognized for his experience in sports franchise and media rights law; as such, he has often been asked to educate his peers on the evolving legal issues in this field.

RWL’s decades of legal experience help our clients succeed in a range of sports-related actions and transactions, including:

  • Professional sports association governance law
  • Media rights
  • Sports broadcasting networks
  • Sports facilities
  • Sports-related transactions
  • ADA accessibility
  • Facilities security law
  • Sports entity financing
  • Trademark and copyright protection

Notable Representations by Our Attorneys

  • Serve as outside counsel to the Baltimore Orioles and the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network on a wide variety of matters, including media rights, sponsorship agreements, facilities development, ADA compliance, facilities security under SAFETY Act, financing and other transactions
  • Represented the Baltimore Orioles in negotiations with Major League Baseball concerning compensation for the Orioles in connection with the relocation of the Washington Nationals to Washington, D.C., including the formation and development of the Mid-Atlantic Sport Network
  • Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic L.P. v. Baltimore Orioles L.P., et al., No. 260751-V  (Md. Cir. Court for Montgomery County 2005) (affirmed, 391 Md. 577 (2006)) – defended professional sports franchise in pay television rights and contract dispute; case dismissed in favor of the Orioles
  • Negotiated the Baltimore Orioles’ spring training facilities lease with Sarasota County, Florida
  • Advised and represented Governor of Maryland and administration (before Maryland General Assembly and agencies) with respect to approval and funding for Oriole Park at Camden Yards
  • Represented the Washington Redskins on a variety of matters, including the proposed relocation of the franchise from Washington, D.C. to Maryland
  • Represents the Maryland Jockey Club, owners of the Preakness® Stakes and Pimlico Racecourse in a wide variety of commercial, regulatory and litigation matters

Contact us at 410.296.5066 or arifkin@rwllaw.com to learn how RWL‘s attorneys can help you with your sports franchise and media rights issues.

PLEASE BE AWARE THAT EACH CASE IS DIFFERENT AND THE PAST RECORD IS NO ASSURANCE OF FAVORABLE RESULTS IN ANY FUTURE CASE.
For more information, please review our Legal Disclaimer.

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