O’Melveny Named to Sports Business Journal’s 2021 “Power Players” List

October 26, 2021


NEW YORK—October 26, 2021—Sports Business Journal has named O’Melveny to its list of 2021 “Power Players.” The publication consulted with industry leaders in the legal, team, league property, sports betting and technology, and esports spaces to select “the firms that stood out for their representation in sports business.”

O’Melveny partners and co-chairs of the firm’s Sports Industry Group Charles Baker, Jared Bartie, and Irwin Raij were all noted for having established track records with strong clients who have expansive influence in the sports industry.

Baker represented Todd Boehly in his acquisition of a substantial interest in the Los Angeles Lakers as well as David Tepper in his US$2.275 billion purchase of the NFL’s Carolina Panthers. The publication noted that Baker, an M&A specialist, also represented Genius Sports as the NFL’s exclusive distributor of real-time statistics and official sports betting data feed, and in its acquisition of Second Spectrum. Bartie advised Overtime Elite regarding its launch and ShotTracker’s further expansion into NCAA basketball. Raij represented David Tepper in his acquisition of the Panthers and MLS franchise, Laliga and the KC Royals in recent media agreements, and specializes in venue redevelopment and new facility negotiations where his expertise has been sought after regarding efforts in multiple areas around the country including Hawaii, Miami, Tampa, Charlotte and New York..

O’Melveny’s Sports Group has more than 50 years of experience devising innovative strategies that help the biggest names in sports achieve critical legal and business objectives. The firm handles matters that span billion-dollar acquisitions and dispositions of professional sports, cutting-edge media and licensing agreements, stadium development, financing and naming rights, sponsorships and endorsements, joint ventures, and high profile litigation.

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Christopher Rieck
O’Melveny & Myers LLP
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