Sports Transactions


Kirkland is at the cutting edge of the business of sports. Our lawyers regularly represent asset managers who are driving the growth of institutional capital investment in the sports industry and changing how the ownership game is played. We continue to represent teams and ownership groups in their most critical legal and commercial issues. We also have deep experience advising on the transactions that are shaping the broader sports ecosystem, from media and technology leaders to sports betting, hospitality and venue trend-setters and beyond.

We employ a multi-disciplinary approach to sports transactions that extends beyond investments to joint ventures, big-ticket M&A and a wide variety of commercial agreements. Our deep understanding of the dynamics shaping sports law and business – including intellectual property, branding, media and entertainment licensing rights, digitization, complex private and public financing, real estate, labor and collective bargaining efforts, antitrust, and public and governmental relations – enables us to provide our clients with the best game plan for success, on and off the field.

Kirkland attorneys recognized in 2023 Hollywood Top Dealmakers list for advising Vincent McMahon in the merger of WWE and UFC

The Hollywood Reporter

Kirkland attorneys recognized as 2023 Top Entertainment Dealmakers


Kirkland attorneys recognized as 2021 Sports, Gaming & Entertainment Law Trailblazers

The National Law Journal