Sports and Entertainment

Professional athletes and entertainers can be high-profile professions with major social and economic impacts. Jennings Strouss understands the business of the sports and entertainment industries and is dedicated to addressing the distinctive legal needs of our clients in these industries.


Our Sports and Entertainment practice includes representation of athletes, broadcasters, owners, networks, arena and event owners, sponsors, content owners, distributors and other industry participants and businesses. We have represented clients in matters related to contract negotiations; sponsorship, marketing and endorsement transactions; tax planning and wealth preservation; cable network negotiations; acquisition and licensing of online and mobile content and technology assets; new media and multi-platform distribution agreements; mergers and acquisitions; financings; and television programming agreements.

We also represent colleges and universities regarding non-professional athletic matters. Our knowledgeable attorneys understand the issues colleges and universities face and have the resources, skills and experience to assist them in a broad range of services in the collegiate sports arena, including issues such as NCAA rules compliance and infractions; NCAA governance; conference rules compliance; Title IX and gender equity; Title VII and coaches compensation; procedural due process; drug testing programs; athlete eligibility requirements; collegiate licensing and intellectual property protection and exploitation; and employee benefits and tax.


We provide legal and business services to clients regarding all facets of the entertainment industry, including negotiating and drafting contracts; structuring and forming business entities; devising business solutions; obtaining motion picture financing; drafting distribution agreements; copyright and trademark protection and exploitation; merchandising; publishing; movie production; and internet and new media ventures. We represent talent in various areas of the entertainment industry, such as music, film and television production, literary publishing, dance and theater.

Our Sports and Entertainment practice utilizes the multidisciplinary capabilities and in-depth working knowledge of Jennings Strouss to assist our clients, including attorneys experienced in business and finance, licensing, labor and employment, litigation, antitrust, real estate, bankruptcy, intellectual property and tax and estate planning matters. By being able to readily draw upon the resources of the entire firm, we are able to provide clients with a comprehensive understanding of solutions and opportunities that exist in all aspects of this industry.