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Sports and Entertainment

Sports and Entertainment

Contact: D. Erik Albright

Smith Moore Leatherwood's Sports and Entertainment Law attorneys have experience with Corporate Law, Litigation, Lending and Finance, Real Estate Development, Intellectual Property, Antitrust, First Amendment and Media, Contract Negotiation, Workers' Compensation, Trusts and Estates, and Tax Services.

Our attorneys are active in leading associations and organizations in the legal profession, both locally and nationally, that are geared towards Sports Law, including the Sports Lawyers Association, the American Bar Association's Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries, and the North Carolina Bar Association Sports and Entertainment Law Committee.


We have years of experience involving numerous aspects of the professional and amateur sports industry and wide-ranging sports activities. Examples of Smith Moore Leatherwood attorneys' diverse involvement with the legal side of the sports and entertainment world include:

  • serving as counsel to the Atlantic Coast Conference and various individual colleges;
  • litigating sports media disputes, including an advertising dispute for a national broadcast network during its coverage of the 1994 Winter Olympic Games;
  • litigating a dispute over broadcast rights between national cable sports networks concerning a NASCAR race;
  • representing a professional soccer franchise and negotiating a sponsorship agreement with an international soccer franchise;
  • representing professional athletes and their agents in matters ranging from contract negotiations for professional football and baseball players to athlete/agent disputes with the NFL;
  • litigating products liability actions concerning sports equipment companies and premises liability actions concerning various sports and entertainment venues;
  • litigating disputes concerning player movement between competing professional leagues; and
  • advising sports clients on various tax and estate planning issues, including individual athletes and coaches facing personal estate planning and taxation issues (including tax issues related to playing abroad), and another client on issues concerning the taxation of a non-profit sports association.

* Past success does not indicate the likelihood of success in any future legal representation.

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