Media, Entertainment and Sports

Our lawyers ensure success from behind the scenes.

The lawyers in the Media, Sports and Entertainment group at Haynes and Boone handle the gamut of issues faced by companies and organizations in these industries. Our interdisciplinary team represents clients ranging from sports franchises and stadium builders, to publishers and broadcasters, to cable, cellular and Internet service providers.

We understand the high-stakes, multimillion-dollar nature of providing entertainment to the masses, whether in person or digitally.

For sports teams, including clients such as the National Football League, Major League Baseball Properties, and a National Hockey League franchise, our services include:

  • Development and financing of sports facilities
  • Licensing, sponsorship and marketing of team memorabilia merchandise
  • Advisory and tactical support during player contract negotiations

For our media clients, which include A&E Television Networks, Star Magazine and The New York Times Company, we routinely handle matters involving:

  • Trademark and copyright issues
  • Libel and defamation
  • Invasion of privacy
  • Licensing and other issues relating to online publishing, advertising and working with freelance writers and photographers

Our lawyers also advise entertainment companies on a variety of deals and financing arrangements, including mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings and working capital lines of credit.

Newsletter

Media and Entertainment

Media, Entertainment and First Amendment

This edition of the Media, Entertainment and First Amendment Newsletter discusses the rise in defamation suits against the media with a survey of recently-filed cases and a panel discussion about their impact. It also presents the legal arguments meant to form the basis for a motion seeking media access to the executive branch.

Appellate

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Haynes and Boone Scores Appellate Win for D Magazine

A Dallas appellate court has rejected a defamation suit by Jose Reyes, a high-profile former Dallas Symphony Orchestra volunteer who sued D Magazine over its coverage of the symphony’s decision in 2013 to terminate its affiliation with Reyes.

Anti-Slapp

Media

The Libel Suit Strikes Back

Much has changed since 1972 when reporters Woodward and Bernstein exposed President Nixon of wrongdoing. Through their extraordinary reporting, the public learned of “dirty tricks,” criminal actions and a cover-up led by this country’s leaders inside the White House. Fast forward 45 years later and now the media has become a political punching bag and scapegoat used to further an agenda.

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