Sports Law

With attorneys who own, scout for, and commission leagues, Gutwein Law has the real-world perspective and insight to respond to emerging trends in sports and entertainment law. Whether you are just starting a league, negotiating a deal, or selling a team, our attorneys have the experience necessary to meet you where you are. We work with sports teams, leagues, and athletes to create wins off the field.

The sports industry moves at an accelerated speed, especially leading up to and during the season. We’ll smooth out the day-to-day by drafting and negotiating contracts and endorsement deals, analyzing league bylaws & governing documents, merchandising & license agreements, and venue rental & licensing agreements. When you’re ready to tackle bigger challenges, we are there to represent clients in the buying and selling of teams, particularly in minor league transactions.



  • Promotional and Sponsorship Deal Procurement and Negotiations
  • Drafting League Bylaws
  • Advise Leagues regarding Entity Solutions
  • League Governance and Management
  • Contract Drafting and Negotiation
  • Intellectual Property Protection
  • Public Relations and Sports Marketing
  • General Business Advice and Tax Planning
  • Venue Rental and Licensing Agreements
  • Purchasing and Selling of Teams and Franchises
  • Athlete Representation
  • Franchise and League Relations
  • League Due Diligence on Applicants
  • League Expansion Counsel
  • Professional Athlete (P1) Visas
  • Facility Lease Drafting and Negotiations