Sports Law and Sports Facilities

Our multidisciplinary team provides clients with practical and reliable advice to protect their rights, pursue new opportunities, improve their workplace, and navigate rules related to protection of the public.

Athletics is big business in the U.S., and it takes seasoned legal professionals to provide reliable and practical advice on the important issues affecting participants in the sports industry.

The attorneys in HSE’s interdisciplinary Sports Law and Sports Facilities practice area have significant experience in many aspects of sports management and facility development and operations, including player and employment relations, labor and employment matters, financing, intellectual property, corporate law, construction law, land use and zoning, real estate, antitrust, tax, and litigation.

The firm has experience with university sports facilities, sports arena/stadium operations, and golf course development projects, including the permitting, design, and construction of private golf clubs and courses throughout the region.

The firm provides a range of legal services to a number of sports franchises, including the Buffalo Sabres, the Rochester Americans (AHL Hockey), and the Rochester Knighthawks (National Lacrosse League). Since the early 1980’s, the firm has represented the Rochester Red Wings and more recently the Syracuse Chiefs (International League Triple A Baseball), addressing issues such as stadium leases, food and beverage services, Major League Baseball affiliation and franchise issues, securities offerings, and issues related to the Red Wings’ management of the Batavia Muckdogs ball club.

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