Steven H. Gans
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PROVIDING UNIQUE AND UNMATCHED ADVICE TO SOCCER/FOOTBALL CLUBS, LEAGUES AND OTHER ORGANIZATIONS, EXECUTIVES AND PLAYERS
Our Soccer Law Practice Group provides comprehensive services to organizations and individuals at all levels of the sport, from youth club to college soccer, to the Premier League as well as other international clubs.
We represent clubs, leagues and other organizations in a variety of complex matters affecting each aspect of their operation, including employment issues, financing and merger and acquisition matters, corporate governance, for-profit/non-profit issues, and the drafting and negotiation of wide-ranging agreements, including employment contracts, athletic facility development agreements, strategic partnership agreements, sponsorship agreements, equipment supplier contracts, leases, and operational and revenue sharing agreements. In addition, we have represented professional soccer players in the negotiation of playing contracts and endorsement deals.
Owing to their unique experience, our partners are commonly called upon by leading media to comment on issues within the sport, including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Sports Business Journal, Sports Illustrated, the Washington Post, The Athletic, Soccer America, the Boston Globe and the London Evening Standard.
Recent Representative Matters:
Represented stadium and Boston bid group in securing City of Boston as a World Cup ’94 host site.
Represented leading youth club in Athletic Facility Development Agreement with a college.
Represented American pro club in a complex for-profit/non-profit transaction.
Represented leading youth club in drafting and negotiation of Employment Agreements for key employees.
Represented professional players in contract and endorsement negotiations.
Counseled leading youth club in merger and acquisition transaction.
Advised Barclay’s Premier League club and leading sports sponsorship company in the negotiation and drafting of a Representation and Revenue Sharing Agreement respecting a corporate shirt sponsorship.
Represented leading youth club in lease negotiations securing an indoor facility.
Represented leading youth club in drafting and negotiation of International Partnership Agreement with leading British pro club.
Represented leading youth club in drafting and negotiation of International Partnership Agreement with Serie A club.
Represented American pro club in complex management transaction with leading youth club.
Counseled leading youth club in financing transaction in connection with field development project.
Created alternative Players’ Association concept to help end litigation between Major League Soccer players and owners.
Drafted model Coaches Agreement for leading youth club.
Counseled leading youth club on social media issues.
Represented leading youth club in Strategic Partnership Agreement with other youth club.
Represented leading youth club in negotiation of equipment supply Agreements with manufacturers and suppliers.
Represented leading youth club in Operational and Revenue Sharing Agreement with equipment supplier.
Represented domestic professional club in drafting and negotiation of Strategic Partnership Agreement with leading youth club.
Represented Development Academy club in transaction acquiring a license to operate a Premier Development League franchise.
Represented a leading British professional club in project to acquire a franchise in an American professional league.
Represented an individual investor regarding his equity investment in a domestic professional club.
Represented a Soccer Academy in the negotiation and drafting of a Director of Coaching Agreement with a club.
May 3, 2023
On Friday, April 28th, 2023, Steve Gans was interviewed by the BBC World Service about…
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December 2, 2022
Partner and sports attorney Steve Gans was interviewed this week by several major news outlets…
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November 3, 2022
On November 3, 2023, the United Soccer League and United Soccer League Players Association (USLPA)…