Sports & Entertainment
As part of our Private Client Services practice, we represent athletes, coaches, and industry executives on a wide variety of matters in the Sports & Entertainment field. We routinely advise our clients on matters such as contract negotiations, endorsement agreements, intellectual property and personal brand protection, real estate matters, and charitable planning. We also counsel clients with regard to investment opportunities, business decisions, financing matters, and post-career planning.
The GB Law Group Sports & Entertainment practice provides its clients with convenient, full service representation: we handle both traditional athlete-agent duties such as contract negotiation and marketing services, as well as duties that are typically outsourced by agents who are not also practicing lawyers. The firm’s founding partner, Gennaro Bizzarro, is certified as a player agent by the National Basketball Players Association, and has served as legal advisor to numerous professional athletes, coaches, entertainers, and executives over the course of his career. He has reviewed and negotiated tens of millions of dollars in performance contracts, including numerous NBA, MLB and NCAA contracts, endorsement deals, and various engagement agreements. He has served as President and chief legal counsel to Premier Basketball, LLC, the basketball division of sports management powerhouse Premier Sports & Entertainment, and has been retained by other player representatives to consult on legal matters pertaining to their clients. This experience, coupled with the firm’s reputation for excellence in its approach to legal service, continually draws clients to our Sports & Entertainment practice.
Individuals who join the roster of GB Law Group Sports & Entertainment clients are immediately able to avail themselves of the significant transactional and litigation experience of our attorneys. We draw on the firm’s expertise in the area of private client representation in order to assist clients in transactional matters such as contract negotiation and formation; real estate acquisition, financing, and disposition; employment agreements; will and probate planning and administration; business entity formation and operation; partnership and operating agreements; business valuation and succession planning; joint venture agreements; sales and distribution agreements; consulting agreements; confidentiality agreements; and related content, sponsorship, endorsement, licensing, and procurement agreements both domestically and abroad. On the litigation side, we endeavor to assist clients in matters such as business litigation, breach of contract actions, collections actions, real estate litigation, foreclosure matters, landlord/tenant cases, bankruptcy matters, personal injury cases, workers compensation cases, and family law matters.
In addition to domestic contract negotiation, our lawyers also have significant experience representing clients in connection with international playing and coaching contracts. In that regard, we have represented clients in countries such as Canada, Mexico, Spain, Italy, France, Turkey, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Romania, Hungary, Finland, Greece, Cyprus, Ukraine, Israel, China, the Philippines, and throughout South America and the Middle East. We have represented clients in court matters here in the United States, and in arbitration proceedings before the FIBA-recognized Basketball Arbitral Tribunal in Geneva.
In terms of charitable endeavors, GB Law Group encourages community involvement and assists clients in remaining involved in their respective communities. In that vein, we not only advise our clients in connection with their civic engagements, but we also collaborate with their business managers, representatives, and other professional advisors and offer legal oversight of charitable pursuits such as non-profit formation and operation, annual youth camps, fund raising initiatives, food-drives, and many other forms of charitable undertakings.