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DLA Piper has over 4,00 lawyers in over 30 counties, and covers a number of different areas. Within there sports side of law, they have represented a number of well known and high profile clients. The areas which they focus upon in there offices

Audiovisual piracy:  We advise rights holders, broadcasters and other sports bodies on audio-visual media piracy issues and the development of anti-piracy strategies, engaging in prominent cases including international actions against websites and broadcasters abusing pictures of sporting events across the world

Disputes:  Our Sports Controversy, Investigations and Litigation team works closely with our expansive litigation and arbitration practice to provide an integrated and efficient approach to disputes. We have a long history of successful representation in sports-related controversies ranging from facility construction disputes to anti-piracy, trademark and copyright litigation

Employment:  We have market-leading experience advising clubs, directors, employers and employees and commentators in all sports-related employment law matters, including the transfer and disciplining of players, contract negotiations, executive appointments, retention strategies, workforce reductions and due diligence

Finance: We advise the world’s leading professional sports leagues, club owners, investors, lenders and other financial institutions in sports-related project finance, leveraged finance, securitizations, securities offerings and government-sponsored financings

Gambling:  With extensive experience in the operating requirements of both physical and virtual gambling businesses, we help UK clients make the most of revenues in tightly regulated environments

International sports federations:  We assist international sports federations to grow revenues and to develop and maintain global brand recognition. In particular, we offer on event planning, media and sponsorship rights, IP management, anti-doping and regulatory matters

M&A: DLA Piper offers integrated solutions across a broad range of sports-related M&A transactions.  Our team provides legal advice during all stages of the transaction and we pride ourselves on finding potential investment opportunities for our clients. We also represent investment banks, financial advisors and their clients in the purchase and sale of sports-related consumer brands.

Olympic and world-level events: We advise sports administrators, rights holders, municipal authorities, commercial bodies and others in hosting, organizing and exploiting major sports events. With global reach and local knowledge, we can advise on world sporting events wherever they take place. 

Sponsorship, licensing and merchandising:  Successful organizations and companies know that a strong brand image has the power to instantly set them apart. Our team helps clients develop and expand this power. We manage IP portfolios and handle IP litigation for some of the world’s most recognized sports, media and entertainment brands. We also have extensive experience with naming rights, concessions, operations, music advice in relation to sports properties, and other corporate sponsorship agreements that sports clubs and their facilities may pursue.

Sports data:  We have significant experience advising rights owners on the protection and commercial use of their rights in their sports data.  Our work in this area ranges from licensing and supply arrangements (and related competition law issues) to litigation on behalf of rights owners and guidance for rights owners on their lobbying efforts to improve the legal protection of their data rights.

Sports media rights: Technological advances present both sellers and buyers of media rights with tremendous opportunities, and challenges.  With extensive experience in both the sports and broadcasting sectors, we advise rights holders and media companies on the exploitation of media rights across all major sports.

Stadium development:  Our team has earned a reputation as a market leader in facilities development and leasing of stadia and arenas. We have advised sports clubs, owners, investors, financiers, government agencies, contractors and architects in the development of a multitude of facilities around the world.

  • Catherine Beloff: Holding court

    DLA Piper is a global, full service law firm whose dedicated sports group is consistently ranked in the top tier of the legal directories. The division, made up of Europe's most renowned and respected sports lawyers, includes sports team associate Catherine Beloff.


    19 November 2014

    We are delighted to announce the launch of our Media, Sport & Entertainment Hub today.

  • DLA Piper advise Fuji Television on re-acquisition of Japanese FIA Formula One World Championship

    9 March 2010

    DLA Piper advised Fuji Television Network, Inc. on its recent re-acquisition of media rights within Japan to the FIA Formula One World Championship. The deal was led by partner Nick Fitzpatrick and associate Patrick Mitchell from DLA Piper's Sports team.

  • DLA Piper advise Glasgow on their 2014 Commonwealth Games Bid

    26 June 2006

    DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary Scotland ("DLA Piper") today announced that it has been appointed to advise the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Bid Team. A team of DLA Piper lawyers will advise the Bid Team on matters relating to broadcasting rights, sponsor

  • JJB on Glasgow Rangers deal

    6 March 2006

    Manchester - Stephen Wright, partner at DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary ("DLA Piper") has acted for JJB Sports PLC in a 10-year licence agreement with Glasgow Rangers FC. The deal is worth a minimum of £48m. The Glasgow club will receive an initial payment o

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