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Law360: MVP: O’Melveny’s Irwin Raij

December 14, 2018

O’Melveny partner and sports law practice co-chair Irwin Raij was selected by Law360 as one of its “2018 Sports MVPs.” In his profile, Raij discussed his biggest accomplishment of 2018, most notable deals, and his path in sports law.

Alongside co-chair Chuck Baker, Raij led a team that represented David Tepper, founder and president of global hedge fund Appaloosa Management, in his acquisition of the NFL’s Carolina Panthers. Raij also was instrumental to the agreement that formed LaLiga North America, a long-term partnership bringing one Spanish soccer match to the US annually for the next 15 years.

On being a sports lawyer, Raij said, “It really is one of those things where it wasn’t my plan to be a sports lawyer. . . I wanted to save the world but I was fortunate enough to be in the right place at the right time and I worked hard to put myself in a position to take an opportunity. Since then I’ve been making deal after deal.”