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.

HB Media Minute

Podcast Series

  • Federal Courts of Appeals Paring Down Transformative Use: Two Recent Copyright Fair Use Decisions (Not Named Google v. Oracle); 06/03/2021 - Link
  • What Media Companies Need to Know About the GDPR and CCPA; 05/17/2021 - Link
  • A Balancing of “Incomparable Interests”: The Pickering Test & First Amendment Rights of Government Employees; 04/20/2021 - Link
  • Bonus Episode: An Update to "Entertainment, and Titles, and Trademarks, Oh My!” The Tricky Business of Title Clearance for Entertainment Properties; 04/12/2021 - Link
  • What Are Standard Essential Patents and Why Do I Need to Know About Them?; 03/30/2021 - Link
  • "Entertainment, and Titles, and Trademarks, Oh My!” The Tricky Business of Title Clearance for Entertainment Properties; 03/23/2021 - Link
  • Evolving Trends in the Production and Distribution of Streaming Media; 02/12/2021 - Link
  • Significant Changes to U.S. Trademark and Copyright Law Included in Latest Coronavirus Relief Legislation; 01/22/2021 - Link
  • TikTok Influencers and Cross-Platform #AdLaw Concerns; 12/16/2020 - Link
  • How to Avoid Liability for Posting Photos and Other Online Content; 11/30/2020 - Link
  • Restrictions on Open Government and Public Information During COVID-19; 11/11/2020 - Link
  • Anti-SLAPP Legislation and Litigation - Key Developments; 10/2/2020 - Link

Litigation

Haynes and Boone Defeats Multi-Million Dollar Patent Licensing Suit Brought Against Firm Client HTC Corporation

Law360 Selects Jonathan Pressment and William Feldman as “Legal Lions” for NFL Win

Law360 recognized Haynes and Boone New York Partner Jonathan Pressment and Associate William Feldman as “Legal Lions” for their roles in securing an important victory for its client, the National Football League, from the New Jersey Supreme Court.

Honors

Laura Lee Prather

Laura Lee Prather to Receive James Madison Award

Haynes and Boone Partner Laura Lee Prather will receive the 2018 James Madison Award from the Freedom of Information (FOI) Foundation of Texas for serving as a champion of free speech and government transparency.

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