SFF Investments - Joint Venture
Representation of SFF Investments LLC, which is wholly owned by a current All-Pro NFL player, in a joint venture to create a Rolling Stone magazine-branded restaurant/bar/lounge in Hollywood, CA.
Commercial Bank - Sports Lending
Representation of a major U.S. commercial bank in a $400 million syndicated revolving loan facility to a trust established by a major sports league to make further loans to participating clubs. The loan is secured by team revenues from league sponsored TV rights and other revenue sources on a non-cross collateralized team basis.
Pro Sports Franchises - Corporate Matters
Counsel to professional sports franchises in connection with television, cable and radio contracts, credit facilities, acquisitions, advertising and sponsorship contracts and development and naming rights agreements for stadiums and arenas.
Highbridge Capital Management - Los Angeles Dodgers
Representation of Highbridge Capital Management in connection with the Major League Baseball rules and regulations applicable to Highbridge's $60 million interim bankruptcy financing to the Los Angeles Dodgers. We are also advising Highbridge on its proposed long-term $150 million credit facility to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Israel Discount Bank--Syndicated Credit Facility
Representation of Israel Discount Bank of New York as administrative agent and lender, in connection with a senior secured syndicated credit facility to a triple A minor league baseball team.
New York Yankees—Network Video Distribution
Representation of the New York Yankees in connection with a video distribution agreement between Major League Baseball Advanced Media and the YES Network, the primary broadcaster of New York Yankees games.
Plainfield Asset Management - Restructuring
Representation of Plainfield in restructuring Bellator Sport Worldwide, LLC—a mixed martial arts promotional company—of which Plainfield was majority owner. As part of the restructuring, Plainfield sold a portion of their equity in Bellator to a new private equity investor and converted its outstanding loans to Bellator into new equity. A major television network purchased a 50% interest in Bellator and agreed to broadcast Bellator’s sporting events on one of the network’s cable channels.
Syndicated Credit Facility - Major U.S. Commercial Bank
Representation of a major U.S. commercial bank as lender in a $200 million bank syndicated club credit facility to one of the major professional sports leagues, the proceeds of which are for working capital and other general corporate purposes.
Syndicated Credit Facility - Major U.S Commercial Bank
Representation of a major U.S. commercial bank as a lender in a senior secured credit facility to the parent company of a NHL franchise. The credit facility consisted of a $55 million revolver and $30 million delayed draw term loan, the proceeds of which were used to acquire the remaining ownership interest in the NHL franchise and for working capital purposes.
New York Yankee Affiliate - Joint Venture
Representation of a New York Yankees' affiliate in connection with the creation of a joint venture that would seek to build upon the value associated with the marks and other intellectual property rights of the New York Yankees by seeking licensing arrangements for the branding of products within certain designated consumer product categories.
Sports Company - Memorabilia
Representation of company jointly owned by the New York Giants and New York Jets in connection with the entry into a memorabilia sales agreement with Steiner Sports. Under the agreement, Steiner Sports was granted the right to effect sales of stadium seats, signage, field goal netting and other Giants Stadium memorabilia.
New York Yankees - Yankee Stadium College Football Game
Representation of the New York Yankees in connection with the hosting of the first college football game at the new Yankee Stadium, in which the Notre Dame Fighting Irish took on the Army Black Knights on November 10, 2010. Our representation consisted of negotiating and drafting a comprehensive site agreement that addressed a number of complex issues, such as sponsorship rights and the distribution of revenues.
New York Yankees - Army Football Games
Representation of the New York Yankees in connection with a proposed series of college football games in which the Army Black Knights will host games in 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015 at the new Yankee Stadium.
New York Yankees - Sponsorship Agreements
Representation of the New York Yankees in preparing sponsorship agreements for the 2009 season and beyond for the new Yankee Stadium. The agreements govern the advertising, promotion and product placement rights of the Yankees' new and existing sponsors.
New York Yankees - Yankee Stadium Seating
Representation of the Yankees in the preparation and development of its sales commission plan and policies applicable to its account executives for premium and regular seating at the new Yankees Stadium.
Top Rank Boxing - Broadcast Contract Structure
Representation of Top Rank Boxing in connection with contracts for pay-per-view television revenue and international rights licensing. Herrick attorneys pioneered the contract structure that we continue to apply to practically every major championship boxing program for worldwide telecasts. Concert promoters and venues also turn to us for our help applying the same structure to concerts and other performances.
New York Yankees/Top Rank - Stadium Slugfest
Representation of both Top Rank and the New York Yankees in connection with the Stadium Slugfest event at Yankee stadium. The event featured the Super Welterweight Championship bout between Yuri Foreman and Miguel Cotto. This was the first boxing event at the new Yankee Stadium, which generated a great deal of media coverage and was offered as part of HBO's regular subscription service rather than pay-per-view. We represented Top Rank and the Yankees with respect to the site agreement, and also produced all agreements with the fighters, HBO, the international TV broadcasters and sponsors.
Professional Sports League Team Owner - Dispute
Representation of the majority owner of a major professional sports league team in a dispute before the league's commissioner in which the club's minority owners were seeking to (i) remove our client as chairman of the club and (ii) punitively dilute him through a capital call that he could not satisfy because of liquidity problems. In multiple hearings before the commissioner, we prevailed in convincing the commissioner that the ownership group's operating agreement prohibited the minority owners from either removing the chairman or punitively diluting him.
New York Yankees - Tax Efficient Program
Representation of the New York Yankees in connection with the development of the new Yankee Stadium in helping structure a tax efficient program for premium seating, including luxury suites, involving the negotiation and preparation of license, ticket and food and beverage agreements. This included consideration of complex tax matters. The agreements were typically multi-year, involved substantial financial commitments and required further negotiation on select issues.
Top Rank - Manny Pacquiao vs. Joshua Clottey
Representation of Top Rank, Inc. in producing principal agreements for the WBO World Welterweight Championship boxing match between Manny Pacquiao vs. Joshua Clottey at the new Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, and distributed by HBO Pay-Per-View. This first boxing event held at the new stadium drew a record crowd. We handled all agreements with the fighters, the site, HBO PPV, TV broadcasters around the world and sponsors.
Yankee Stadium - New Era Pinstripe Bowl
Representation of an affiliate of the New York Yankees in connection with a new college football bowl game, the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, to be played at Yankee Stadium. The first New Era Pinstripe bowl will feature teams from the Big 12 and the Big East and will be televised by ESPN. We negotiated the telecast agreement, the title sponsorship agreement and the agreements with the Big 12 and Big East Conferences.
Legends Hospitality - Syndicated Credit Facility
Representation of Legends Hospitality, LLC in connection with its senior secured lending facility. Legends Hospitality offers a broad range of sports business services including a focus on operating catering, concessions, retail merchandising and other facility management enterprises for major sports and entertainment facilities.
New York Yankees - License
Representation of the New York Yankees in negotiating an agreement with the Daily News to license the Daily News' historic photo archive of Yankees players and stadium imagery and for the Daily News to be the exclusive provider of historical photos for prominent display in the new stadium.
Representation of NY Cosmos in the relaunch of the NY Cosmos Soccer Club and all related business opportunities.
NYSE Euronext, Inc.
Representation of NYSE Euronext in connection with an endorsement deal with PGA Tour golfer Steve Stricker.
Northern Lights Hockey, LLC
Formation of Northern Lights and acquisition of the rights to operate the United States Hockey League Team in Dubuque, Iowa.
Legends Hospitality LLC - Senior Secured Credit Facility
Representation of Legends Hospitality, LLC and Legends Premium Sales, LLC in connection with their senior secured credit facility consisting of a term loan and a revolving credit facility with a letter of credit and swing line subfacilities. Legends Hospitality provides sports and entertainment venues with food, beverage, merchandise and other hospitality services.
Yankee Global Enterprises LLC - Refinancing
Representation of Yankee Global Enterprises LLC in refinancing its senior credit facility consisting of a term loan and a revolving line of credit. Yankee Global Enterprises LLC is a holding company that invests in media and sports related businesses, including the New York Yankees.
Professional Sports Team - Refinancing
Representation of a professional sports team in connection with the refinancing of its senior secured credit facility. The refinanced credit facility consists of a several million dollar term loan and a revolving line of credit component. The refinancing is secured by many different assets owned by the team and other third party approvals.
Yankee Stadium - In Command on the Field… and Off
There is a lot going on behind the scenes at a stadium during an event,
and managing it all is a Herculean task. Unless it's the new Yankee
Stadium, in which case you can control it all from a central computer
screen. We worked with the Yankees on their agreement with a technology
developer that developed software to essentially run Yankee Stadium. The
more information you can move, the more efficient your business, and
the Yankees became one of the most efficient businesses in sports.
Top Rank - Manny Pacquiao v. Ricky Hatton
Representation of Top Rank in the Manny Pacquiao v. Ricky Hatton welterweight championship bout, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, May 2, 2009, distributed by HBO Pay-Per-View.
Israel Discount Bank - Giants Financing
Representation of Israel Discount Bank as administrative agent and as a lender in amending an existing secured revolving credit facility to New York Football Giants, Inc. to increase the facility's size to $45 million. The loan's proceeds will be used for working capital purposes.
Representation of Legends Hospitality LLC—a joint venture among the Yankees, Dallas Cowboys and two private equity firms—in setting up business operations (which include running concession services at stadiums, arenas and other large venues), obtaining necessary permits and authorizations in the states in which it will provide these services, including New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Texas and Florida, and protecting its intellectual property rights.
New York Yankees - Sponsorship Agreements
Representation of the New York Yankees Partnership in drafting and negotiating sponsorship agreements for the new Yankee Stadium. Two notable sponsors include Standard Parking, the parking garage operator around the new stadium, and Toyota.
Yankees Collectibles - Memorabilia Auction
Representation of the New York Yankees Partnership in the acquisition from the City of New York of the Old Yankee Stadium seats and bleachers and the agreement with DEMCO, providing for the removal and restoration of such items. Integral to these transactions is the Yankees' joint venture with Steiner Sports to market and sell these and other Yankees-owned memorabilia and collectibles from the old Yankee Stadium. The transaction also involved establishing a Yankees Memorabilia Store at the new Yankees Stadium. The store is a venture of Legends Hospitality, NYYP and Steiner Sports.
Emmes Asset Management - Acquisition and Financing
Representation of Emmes Asset Management Company in connection with a joint venture with the investment arm of a major university system and the $100M+ acquisition of a prominent Class A office building in Irvine, CA. The transaction also included a multi-million dollar investment by a Japanese corporation investing in U.S. property for the first time.
Legends Hospitality - Yankees and Cowboys Joint Venture
Representation of the New York Yankees in the ground-breaking "Legends Hospitality Management LLC" joint business venture between the Yankees and the Dallas Cowboys, which will operate the catering, concessions and retail merchandising at both new stadiums.
Yankees Stadium - Hard Rock Café Deal
Representation of the New York Yankees and its affiliates in two separate joint ventures with the Hard Rock Café. The Hard Rock Café and a newly branded "NY Steak" prime steakhouse restaurant will open in an area adjacent to right field at the new Yankee Stadium.
Top Rank - Television Deal
Representation of Top Rank, Inc. in negotiating and concluding an agreement for Fox Sports to televise a new boxing series, "Top Rank Live." The series features fight cards from around the U.S. and Mexico three times per month on Fox Sports en Español, with at least one event per month being carried by Fox Sports Net and its regional sports network affiliates.
Yankee Stadium - Exclusive Telecom Provider
Representation of the Yankee’s affiliate in its agreements with AT&T to provide and support the new stadium’s telecommunications services and network system. AT&T will provide telephone, Internet and Wi-Fi services, provide all the necessary equipment, and build and maintain a custom network. The deal will also drive revenues to the company through end-user usage fees and by enhancing fans’ experience.
Top Rank - Miguel Cotto v. Antonio Margarito
Representation of Top Rank in the Miguel Cotto v. Antonio Margarito WBA welterweight championship, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, July 26, 2008, distributed by HBO Pay-Per-View Telecast.
Top Rank - Manny Pacquiao v. David Diaz
Representation of Top Rank in the Manny Pacquiao v. David Diaz WBC lightweight championship bout, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, June 28, 2008, distributed by HBO Pay-Per-View Telecast.
Top Rank - Kelly Pavlik v. Gary Lockett
Representation of Top Rank in the Kelly Pavlik v. Gary Lockett WBC/WBO middleweight championship bout, Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, June 7, 2008, distributed by HBO Championship Boxing.
Sports Technologies - Joint Venture with Sports Illustrated
Outside general counsel to a joint venture between Sports Technologies, Sports Illustrated and Time Inc. Interactive. The joint venture was formed in connection with the sale of FanNation.com to Sports Illustrated to develop other related properties and technologies.
SportsNet New York - Term Loan Facility
Representation of a major regional sports network in a $200 million syndicated term loan facility and related joint venture matters with its two major cable television joint venture partners.
Major League Hockey Enterprise - Real Time Scoring and Video Systems
Representation of a major league hockey enterprise in negotiating new real time scoring and video delivery systems. Herrick helped craft a series of creative technology deals that will enable the league to pull live video and real-time game video, audio, and statistical data and feed it back to a central hub for distribution in real time to other arenas, broadcasters, websites, cell phones, and wherever else the league can capitalize on that content.
R6 Capital Management - PIK Loan
Representation of R6 Capital Management L.P. in a $15 million PIK loan to Sports Capital Holdings (St. Louis) LLC, the owner of the St. Louis Blues Hockey Club. The loan, which is fully subordinated to a syndicated revolver and term loan, required the consent of the National Hockey League and the lenders under the senior syndicated facilities.
New York Yankees - New Stadium Financing
Representation of the Yankees in the issuance of $960 million of municipal tax-free and taxable bonds by the New York City Industrial Development Agency, which will finance the lease of the site and construction of a new, state-of-the-art stadium. We leveraged the firm's broad expertise in real estate, construction, corporate and tax disciplines to complete this innovative financing structure.
2005 - 2006
Agent Banks - Secured Facility and New Stadium Financing
Representation of two agent banks in connection with a $225 million facility for the owner of a leading Major League Baseball franchise. The facility is secured by a pledge of 99% of the equity interest in the franchise holder. We later represented the agent banks in connection with granting the required consent for the financing of a new stadium for the team.
New York Yankees - Online Sweepstakes
Representation of the New York Yankees in two online sweepstakes in conjunction with a major electronics corporation, including drafting the sweepstakes official rules and winners' affidavits and assisting with the bonding/security requirements.