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Sports, Media & Entertainment Law

Our Sports, Media & Entertainment Law (SME) Group, chaired by Anthony R. Caruso, Esq., brings the Firm a wealth of experience.  Whether for individual athletes and celebrities, or related companies within the sports and entertainment industries, they have handled most every type of legal transaction within the sports, media, and entertainment industries.  These include pro athlete and pro sports league issues, celebrity licensing and endorsements, stadium/arena venue-based transactions, and deals involving literary, publishing, film, television, music, and theater professionals.

A sampling of specific sports deals handled by Caruso and the SME Group includes player and coach contracts for the New York Giants, Pittsburgh Steelers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles, Boston Celtics, and Orlando Magic, as well as the CFL and USBL.  They have provided legal counseling, negotiations, strategy, media supervision, and crisis management on a global basis for high-level, crisis-type cases. In the entertainment world, the SME Group routinely represents television news journalists, broadcasters, and analysts; reality television stars; producers, directors, writers, and composers; and all other types of performers both in front of and behind the audience.  The professional expertise provided by our SME attorneys at Norris McLaughlin ensures that our clients receive the most competent counsel in the most cost efficient manner.

Principal areas of expertise within the SME Group include:

Sports

  • Sponsorship and Endorsement Agreements
  • Player and Celebrity Employment Contracts
  • Private Financing of Sports Projects
  • Team/League Representation
  • NCAA Regulatory Issues
  • Co-Promotion and Strategic Alliances
  • Arena/Stadium Financing, Construction, Operation, and Leasing
  • Tax and Labor Law
  • Restraining Orders, Injunctive Relief, and Other Types of Litigation
  • Copyright/Trademark Ownership, Registration, and Enforcement

Media

  • Right to Privacy/Publicity Matters
  • Crisis Management
  • Media Control, Counseling, and Placement
  • First Amendment Rights
  • Restraining Orders, Injunctive Relief and Other Types of Litigation
  • Frontline Representation and Protection of Public Figures

Entertainment

  • Film, Theater, and Television Production Agreements and Talent Agreements
  • Celebrity Employment Contracts
  • Private Financing of Entertainment Projects
  • Artist Management Agreements
  • Book Distribution Agreements
  • Author-Agent Agreements
  • Copyright/Trademark Ownership, Registration, and Enforcement
  • Idea Submissions, Protection and Ownership Rights
  • Talent/Management Disputes
  • Composer/Music Publishing Agreements and Record Label Deals
  • Restraining Orders, Injunctive Relief, and Other Types of Litigation
  • Tax and Labor Law

Representative Matters

  • Negotiation of player contracts and coach contracts with pro teams
  • Legal counseling, negotiations, strategy, media supervision, and crisis management in representing Miss New Jersey 2007, including her appearances in all major print and media outlets such as People Magazine and NBC’s Today Show
  • Negotiation and drafting of multi-year/multi-million-dollar sponsorship, product endorsement, and supply agreements with major sports brands, including a deal between Reebok and client professional sports league
  • All types of licensing agreements, including a deal with Hall of Fame member Reggie Jackson
  • Negotiation of joint venture arena/event deal involving the performance of international performer Andrea Bocelli
  • Representation of a world-renowned author in the solicitation and negotiation of publishing rights to his current novel regarding international political relations
  • Successful restraining order application and ultimate settlement for MTV reality TV star involved in a dispute with his former manager
  • Successful restraining order application and ultimate settlement on behalf of a professional sports league, arising from infringement of its trademarks in the United States and Canada
  • Representation of NBA Hall of Famer Rick Barry in various endorsement deals
  • Representation of television production companies and personalities concerning production and licensing rights for television projects and exercise videos
  • Representation of reality TV stars appearing in Housewives of New Jersey, Tree House Guys, Finding My Father, Mob Wives, and Real World
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