Sports and Entertainment
Hausfeld represents current and former collegiate and professional athletes, musicians, and other artists and entertainers in a wide array of matters in the sports and entertainment field. These issues include complex antitrust claims, breach of contract and royalty disputes, licensing issues, copyright disputes, personal injury, labor relations, and rights of publicity and likeness claims. The firm combines deep complex litigation skills and experience in federal, state, and international courts, arbitration, and mediation to provide clients with a full spectrum of advice and options.
Attorneys from the firm have been quoted and cited in numerous publications on sports and entertainment law in The New York Times, USA Today, Sports Illustrated, Forbes, ESPN.com, Bloomberg news, Billboard, SportsBusiness Journal, and Yahoo! Sports, and have been interviewed on NPR Radio, CBS Radio, and in numerous other forums. The firm's current antitrust litigation against the NCAA has been featured in depth on programs such as PBS' Frontline and HBO Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. Additionally, Hausfeld's attorneys are frequent panelists on sports and entertainment litigation topics at symposia and conferences all over the world.
Hausfeld's cases have been the subject of intensive public interest, and numerous articles and court filings are located at the links below in the "Cases and Current Investigations" section. Hausfeld welcomes the opportunity to conduct due diligence of potential claims or negotiations on behalf of prospective clients without obligation to retain the firm. We employ a wide variety of alternative billing arrangements, including taking many cases on full contingency, to ensure that our clients' needs are fully met.
Cases & Current Investigations
Practice Areas: Sports and Entertainment, Antitrust / Competition
Ed O’Bannon and thousands of former basketball and football players allege that the NCAA, its members, and its commercial partners violated federal antitrust law by unlawfully foreclosing former players from receiving any compensation related to the use of their images and likenesses.Read More
Practice Areas: Sports and Entertainment, Intellectual Property
Hausfeld represents a group of retired football players who have alleged that the NFL, including its NFL Films division, has used retired players’ likenesses without permission in order promote the league and earn substantial revenues.Read More
Practice Areas: Mass Torts and Public Health Threats, Sports and Entertainment
Hausfeld represents former National Collegiate Athletic Association (“NCAA”) football players who seek the establishment of a court-supervised medical monitoring fund to provide early diagnosis and treatment of latent brain injuries caused by repeated traumatic head impacts.Read More