Richard L. Brand

Managing Partner, San Francisco
Rich is the firm’s San Francisco Managing Partner and head of the Sports group.
Rich Brand, Managing Partner, San Francisco at Arent Fox

Rich focuses on sports law, real estate and corporate transactions, e-commerce, hospitality and leisure, and partnership and corporate law.

Rich is recognized as a leading sports attorney by Chambers USA, a "Leading Lawyer" in sports by Legal 500, and as a leading real estate attorney by Best Lawyers and Legal 500. Chambers USA notes “he is highly regarded for his expertise in representing both sellers and purchasers of sports teams,” and he is “really practical and resourceful,” according to client testimony. Legal 500 client sources say he is "one of the very best transactional sports lawyers in the country.” Rich is also recognized as a SportsBusiness Journal Power Player and was named one of the Daily Journal's "Top 100 Lawyers" in California. Rich was recently selected to the Los Angeles Sports Council, a prestigious group made of individuals and corporate members of the sports business community. 

Rich speaks extensively on many aspects of sports, real estate and hospitality law at major industry conferences. He is frequently featured on the Yes Network’s Forbes SportsMoney sports talk show and has appeared on CNN, Fox Sports and other national video/television/radio programs. Rich is also an adjunct professor at UC Berkeley School of Law, where he leads seminars on sports law transactions. Rich regularly guest lectures at prominent undergraduate and graduate Sports Administration programs. 

Rich’s practice encompasses several main transactional areas, including:

Sports

  • Representation of professional sports franchises, owners of sports and entertainment facilities, sponsors and service content providers in connection with naming rights transactions, media rights agreements, sponsorship agreements, advertising agreements, promotional agreements, food and beverage agreements, suite and club seat licensing, and financings for professional sports teams and owners of sports and entertainment facilities;
  • Representation of prospective purchasers and sellers of professional sports franchises and sports and entertainment facilities; and
  • Player, coaches, and executive contracts, license agreements, salary cap and collective bargaining interpretation, and related matters for professional sports teams.

Real Estate/Hospitality & Leisure/Corporate

  • Representation of local and national owners, developers, and users in all aspects of real estate transactions, including hotel, office, and industrial acquisitions and dispositions, leasing, development, construction, financing, and management of commercial properties;
  • Joint ventures and related equity financings;
  • Formation of start-up entities and the sale of existing businesses; and
  • Representation of lenders and borrowers in complex debt and equity transactions, consensual real estate workouts, restructurings, and reorganizations.

Representative Sports Transactions

  • Representing Fox Sports and University of Southern California Athletics in a naming rights agreement in connection with the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Under the 16-year agreement, the venue will officially become the United Airlines Memorial Coliseum beginning in August 2019;
  • Representing Stadco LA, LLC, the entity which is the owner and developer of the new multipurpose, multi-billion dollar stadium in Los Angeles, CA in connection with all naming rights, sponsorship, and suite licensing for the new Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park in Inglewood, California, which will be home for both the Los Angeles Rams and the Los Angeles Chargers;
  • Representing Williamson-Dickie Manufacturing Co. in an arena naming rights transaction with the City of Fort Worth in connection with Dickies Arena;
  • Representing the Seattle Seahawks in a stadium naming rights renewal transaction with CenturyLink, Inc. in connection with CenturyLink Field;
  • Representing Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment (BSE) in a naming rights transaction with New York Community Bank in connection with the "Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, presented by New York Community Bank";
  • Representing the Los Angeles Lakers in a naming rights and health provider rights transaction with UCLA Health in connection with UCLA Health Training Center;
  • Representing the Miami Dolphins in an 18-year stadium naming rights agreement with Hard Rock International in connection with Hard Rock Stadium. The long-term naming rights agreement is among the top three deals in the NFL by value;
  • Representing Inova Health System in a naming rights and sponsorship transaction with the National Football League’s Washington Redskins in connection with their training facility and headquarters in Ashburn, Virginia, renamed the “Inova Sports Performance Center at Redskins Park;”
  • Representing numerous teams, including the Atlanta Hawks, Brooklyn Nets, Charlotte Hornets, Phoenix Suns, and San Antonio Spurs in connection with their participation in the NBA League Wide Credit Facility;
  • Representing Mercedes-Benz in a naming rights and sponsorship transaction with the National Football League’s Atlanta Falcons and Major League Soccer’s Atlanta United FC for Atlanta’s new iconic Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The agreement is the largest marketing deal in Mercedes-Benz history;
  • Representing Golden 1 Credit Union in connection with the Golden 1 Center naming rights and sponsorship transaction with the Sacramento Kings which was reportedly one of the largest naming rights transactions for a single-tenant NBA arena;
  • Representing the San Francisco 49ers in a naming rights and sponsorship transaction with Levi Strauss & Co, which made Levi Strauss & Co. the most prominent stadium sponsor of the Santa Clara Stadium Authority and the 49ers, and designated the name Levi’s Stadium for the team’s stadium in Santa Clara, which is reportedly the largest naming rights and sponsorship transaction in the history of the West Coast;
  • Representing the Brooklyn Nets in connection with the team’s new multi-million dollar training facility, including construction matters, leasing of the real property, and the separate lease of the associated tenant improvements;
  • Representing the Miami Heat in a variety of matters, including sweepstakes work, technology agreements, operational agreements, advertising and sponsorship agreements, and other work related to the day-to-day operations of the team and the American Airlines Arena, where the Heat play their home games;
  • Representing the Los Angeles Lakers in connection with its 20-year agreement with Time Warner Cable for rights to distribute all locally available pre-season, regular season, and post-season Lakers games on two regional sports networks, including the nation’s first Spanish-language regional sports network;
  • Representing Albertsons, an Idaho-based supermarket chain, in connection with its naming rights and corporate sponsorship of the Boise State University football stadium in Boise, Idaho. Formerly known as Bronco Stadium, the stadium is known for its unusual blue play surface – the first non-green playing surface in US football history;
  • Representing James Grant Sports Group, a top international sports agency that represents numerous professional athletes and sports teams, on a variety of matters;
  • Representing the Los Angeles Galaxy in connection with its 10-year media rights agreement with Time Warner Cable for distribution of its locally available pre-season, regular season, and post-season games on its English and Spanish regional sports networks;
  • Representing Brooklyn Events Center, LLC, the operator of the sports and entertainment arena in Brooklyn and home of the Brooklyn Nets known as the Barclays Center, in connection with the transaction which relocates the New York Islanders to the Barclays Center;
  • Representing the Los Angeles Kings in connection with the renewal of its existing media rights agreement with Fox Sports Net West for distribution of its locally available pre-season, regular season, and post-season games;
  • Representing Brooklyn Arena, LLC and the then-New Jersey Nets in connection with the Barclays Center naming rights transaction, the largest arena naming rights and team sponsorship transaction in the history of sports and entertainment at the time;
  • Representing Lawrence Investments, Larry Ellison’s personal investment company, in its bid for the acquisition of the Golden State Warriors;
  • Representing PPL Services Corporation in connection with the naming rights agreement for the new 8,500-seat hockey arena in downtown Allentown, PA which will serve as the home venue for the American Hockey League’s Lehigh Valley Phantoms, the Philadelphia Flyers’ top minor league affiliate;
  • Representing a major sports and entertainment organization in connection with the operational agreements and promotional contracts for its newly renovated multi-purpose entertainment facility;
  • Representing the Brazilian construction group, Odebrecht in connection with its long term agreement with Consortium Maracana SA (which includes sports and entertainment company IMX and sports and entertainment group AEG) to operate the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and advised Consortium Maracana in connection with certain other stadium related agreements;
  • Representation of the owners of Washington Sports & Entertainment Limited Partnership in connection with the sale of all of its interests in the Washington Capitals, the Washington Mystics, the Washington Wizards, Verizon Center and the Washington-Baltimore Ticketmaster franchise to Monumental Sports & Entertainment;
  • Representing Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment in its multiyear agreement with AEG Facilities to provide operational support at Barclays Center;
  • Representing the California Interscholastic Federation, one of the largest youth sports organizations in the nation, in its media rights transaction with Time Warner Cable pursuant to which Time Warner Cable will became the official content distributor of CIF Regional and State Championship sports programming throughout the state of California;
  • Representing Kevin Payne in connection with his move from DC United to President and General Manager of the Toronto FC professional soccer team, a member of Major League Soccer;
  • Representing Ryan Nelson in connection with his appointment as Head Coach of the Toronto FC professional soccer team, a member of Major League Soccer;
  • Representing Fran O’Leary in connection with his appointment as Assistant Coach and Director of Player Recruitment of the Toronto FC professional soccer team, a member of Major League Soccer;
  • Representing PPL EnergyPlus in the naming rights and sponsorship transaction pursuant to which PPL EnergyPlus became the primary sponsor of the new Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise Philadelphia Union and holder of the naming rights for PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania;
  • Representing the Charlotte Hornets in connection with the Time Warner Cable Arena naming rights and team sponsorship transaction and the related media rights agreement with Fox Sports;
  • Generally representing the Washington Wizards in the preparation and negotiation of various player, coaching, and front-office executive contracts, player trades, interpretation of the collective bargaining agreements, salary cap analysis, and related NBA and WNBA matters;
  • Generally representing Brooklyn Arena, LLC, and the NJ Nets in connection with the development of the Barclays Center, including founding partner agreements, sponsorships, suite and premium seat licensing, food and beverage agreement, ticketing, and miscellaneous arena-related matters;
  • Representing Washington Sports & Entertainment Limited Partnership in all aspects of the acquisition, development, and financing of the Verizon Center (formerly known as the MCI Center), the downtown Washington, DC arena, which serves as the home for the Washington Wizards, the Washington Mystics, the Washington Capitals, and the Georgetown Hoyas;
  • Representing Washington Sports & Entertainment Limited Partnership in connection with the sale of the Washington Capitals and a minority percentage of Washington Sports & Entertainment Limited Partnership;
  • Representing the Washington Wizards in connection with their appointment of Michael Jordan as president of the Wizards basketball operations and subsequently in connection with his transition from executive position to player;
  • Representing DC United in connection with player contracts, employment agreements, sponsorship agreements, and related matters; and
  • Representing Washington Sports & Entertainment Limited Partnership in connection with the sale of the WNBA franchise known as the Washington Mystics.

Representative Real Estate/Hospitality & Leisure/Corporate Transactions

  • Representing the Transbay Joint Powers Authority in San Francisco on a 25-year naming rights transaction with Salesforce in connection with the Salesforce Transit Center;
  • Representing The Buccini/Pollin Group, Inc. in the acquisition, construction, joint venture, and debt and equity financings of the historic DuPont Building and Hotel du Pont, a 950,000 sq. ft. mixed-use complex, from The Chemours Company in Wilmington, Delaware.
  • Representing Pollin Hotels on the refinancing of the Sheraton Portland Hotel;
  • Representing The Buccini/Pollin Group, Inc. in a joint venture, development, construction, and debt financing of the first "Canopy Hotel", a new lifestyle hotel brand by Hilton Worldwide, in Portland, Oregon;
  • Representing The Buccini/Pollin Group, Inc. in a joint venture with Federal Realty Investment Trust for the development of a “Canopy Hotel” in Washington/Bethesda North;
  • Representing the Brooklyn Nets in connection with the team’s new multi-million-dollar training facility, advising on all aspects of the practice facility, including leasing, complex tenant improvements, and construction;
  • Representing The Buccini/Pollin Group, Inc. in the acquisition of three Philadelphia area hotels: the Franklin at Independence Park in Philadelphia, and Fairfield Inn and Crowne Plaza in King of Prussia;
  • Representing The Buccini/Pollin Group, Inc. in the acquisition of the 353-room Sheraton Raleigh Hotel in North Carolina;
  • Representing The Buccini/Pollin Group, Inc. in the recapitalization and restructuring of Homewood Suites and Embassy Suites properties in Dulles, Virginia;
  • Representing The Buccini/Pollin Group, Inc. in its acquisition, joint venture and financing of the 282-room Double Tree by Hilton Dallas Fort Worth Airport North;
  • Representing Modus Hotels in the acquisition, joint venture, development, construction, management and operation of an 11-story hotel with 245 micro-rooms with ground floor retail to be located in Chinatown, Washington, DC;
  • Representing Pollin Hotels on the refinancing (senior debt and mezzanine debt) of the Aloft Portland Airport at Cascade Station, Hampton Inn Portland Airport, and Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel;
  • Representing Cafritz Interests in the drafting and negotiation of long-term leases for multiple office, residential, and hospitality projects, including projects in Chicago, Milwaukee, and Washington, DC;
  • Representing The Buccini/Pollin Group, Inc. in the acquisition, development, financing and joint venture of a 160-key Hampton Inn & Suites (or other franchise) near Nationals Park in Washington, DC;
  • Representing a multinational real estate development company in connection with the sale of commercial condominium units in Manhattan;
  • Representing The Buccini/Pollin Group, Inc. in the sale of Beltsville, Maryland and Gunston Corner, Virginia hotels;
  • Representing a multinational real estate development company in connection with the sale of real property in Brooklyn;
  • Representing Fannie Mae in connection with numerous leases and acquisitions of varying sizes throughout the U.S for property which is used by Fannie Mae for its operations;
  • Representing the Buccini/Pollin Group, Inc. in the acquisition, development and debt and equity financing of a Westin Riverfront Hotel in Wilmington, Delaware;
  • Representing Modus Hotels in the acquisition of a hotel in Rockville, Maryland, in conjunction with Section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code;
  • Representing The Buccini/Pollin Group, Inc. in the acquisition, joint venture and financing of the Hilton Knoxville, located in the downtown historic district in Knoxville, Tennesses;
  • Representing Cafritz Interests in the drafting and negotiation of a long term lease for the 2040 Lofts located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin;
  • Representing The Buccini/Pollin Group, Inc. in the joint venture and financing of a Homewood Suites by Hilton New York City in Manhattan;
  • Representing The Buccini/Pollin Group, Inc. in the recapitalization and refinancing of the Hilton Meadowlands Hotel and Conference Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey;
  • Representing Modus Hotels in the financing of Avenue Suites Hotel, a 124-room all-suite hotel in Washington, DC;
  • Representing The Buccini/Pollin Group, Inc. in the acquisition, development, financing and joint venture of a 310-key Embassy Suites hotel located in Manhattan;
  • Representing Cafritz Interests in the acquisition and financing of the Normandy Hotel in Washington, DC;
  • Representing The Buccini/Pollin Group, Inc. in the development, construction, and equity and debt financing of a hotel in Nashville, Tennessee;
  • Negotiating the refinancing of the premiere office building in Wilmington, Delaware located at 500 Delaware Avenue with major lenders, including a senior lender and a mezzanine lender;
  • Representing Cafritz Interests in the acquisition and financing of the 970-room Brookshire Suites in Baltimore, Maryland;
  • Representing The Buccini/Pollin Group, Inc. in the acquisition and financing of three office buildings in the Bellevue Park Corporate Center in Wilmington, Delaware;
  • Representing Modus Hotels in the refinancing of the Quincy Hotel in Washington, DC;
  • Representing The Buccini/Pollin Group, Inc. in the refinancing of The River Park Complex, comprised of two Class A office buildings in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania;
  • Advising Modus Hotels and its affiliates on the acquisition and financing of the Chase Suites Hotel in Rockville Maryland;
  • Representing The Buccini/Pollin Group, Inc. a full-service real estate acquisition, development, and management company and its affiliates in the restructuring of over $300 million in loans from a major institutional lender;
  • Representing a leading e-commerce company in the sale of various office buildings and a data center;
  • Advising The Buccini/Pollin Group, Inc. in the recapitalization of a 10-hotel portfolio, the admission of a major joint venture/equity partner, and restructuring and refinancing of over $200 million of loans;
  • Working on behalf of Cafritz Interests in the refinancing of the River Inn, a 126-suite hotel located in Washington, DC.
  • Representing a start-up venture in connection with the creation and operation of a high speed internet company;
  • Advising The Buccini/Pollin Group, Inc. on the restructuring of a senior loan and a mezzanine loan secured by a 550,000 SF executive office campus in New Castle County, Delaware.
  • Representing the Buccini/Pollin Group, Inc. in the refinancing of the Homewood Suites and Hilton Garden Inn in Arundel Mills, Maryland, which included a senior loan and a Sharia-compliant mezzanine loan; and
  • Representing a leading e-commerce company in the negotiation of e-commerce transactions in the areas of interactive marketing and advertising, programming and content, e-commerce technology, and online and offline brand promotion.

Publications, Presentations & Recognitions

Rich speaks extensively on many aspects of sports and hospitality law. Several of his most recent speaking engagements include:

  • Served as a speaker on "Effective Sponsorship Negotiation: Preventing the Name Game from Becoming the Blame Game" at the Annual Sports Lawyers Association Conference on May 18, 2018.
  • Served as a speaker on “Public and Private Partnerships in the Entertainment and Sports Industries” at the Annual American Bar Association Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries on October 5, 2017.
  • Served as a moderator for the "In-House Counsel Forum" at the Annual LawInSport 'Understand the Rules of the Game' Conference in London on September 8, 2017.
  • Served as a speaker on "New Models for Sports TV Distribution: Respect the Fine Print" at the 43rd Annual Sports Lawyers Association Conference on May 18, 2017.
  • Served as a moderator on "Soup to Nuts Hospitality" at Bisnow's Lodging and Innovation Series (BLIS) West 2017 on April 21, 2017.
  • Served as a moderator on "Sports as a Business" at the Berkeley Law Sports & Society Conference on April 14, 2017.
  • Served as a speaker on “Media Convergence in Sports” at PLI’s "Technotainment" 2016: Distributing Content Across Multiple Platforms Conference on October 19, 2016.
  • Served as a moderator on “Everything You Need to Know About Hotel Financing” at Bisnow’s Lodging and Innovation Series (BLIS) West 2016 on April 28, 2016.
  • Served as a moderator on “A Conversation on Stadium Financing & Development” at the 2016 Berkeley Law Sports & Law Conference on April 15, 2016.
  • Served as a panelist on “The Big Show: Navigating the Global Business Intersection of Sports & Events Experience” at the Sports Events Marketing Experience Conference on April 8, 2016
  • Served as a panelist on “Fundamentals of Sports Team and Venue M&A and Financing” at the Annual Sports Lawyers Association Conference on May 13, 2016;
  • Served as a panelist at the BLIS Conference LA on April 28, 2016;
  • Served as a speaker at the Boalt Hall Sports and Law Conference on April 15, 2016;
  • Served as a panelist at the Sports Events Marketing Experience on April 8, 2016;
  • Served as a moderator for Bisnow’s “San Francisco Capital Markets” on March 10, 2016;
  • Served as a speaker at the Sports Industry Networking and Career Conference on “Sport Sponsorship & Evaluation” on February 19, 2016;
  • Served as a moderator for Bisnow’s “Downtown LA’s Lodging Market and the Emergence of Hot Submarkets” on November 17, 2015;
  • Served as an expert on CBS Radio in San Francisco to discuss the implications of the revocation of the Washington Redskins trademark on July 8, 2015;
  • Served as a panelist on “Handling Stadium and Arena Issues” at the Annual Sports Lawyers Association Conference on May 15, 2015;
  • Served as a panelist on “Stadium Development Issues in Sport” at the Berkeley Law Sports Conference on April 3, 2015;
  • Served as a panelist at the Sports Industry Networking and Career Conference on February 20, 2015;
  • Served as a moderator at Bisnow’s “LA Hotel Boom! A Race to the Top” on November 7, 2014;
  • Served as a moderator for “Sports Industry COI Agreements” at the ABA Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries Annual Meeting on October 10, 2014;
  • Served as a moderator at Bisnow’s “San Francisco Hospitality Summit” on September 30, 2014;
  • Served as a panelist on “Trending Topics” at the Santa Clara University Sports Law and Ethics Symposium on September 11, 2014;
  • Served as a panelist on “Negotiating Stadium and Arena Food and Beverage Concessionaire Agreements” at the Annual Sports Lawyers Association Conference on May 16, 2014;
  • Served as a speaker on “Business Transactions: Buying and Selling Sports Media and Properties” at the Sports Industry Networking and Career Conference on February 28, 2014;
  • Serving as a moderator at Bisnow’s 3rd Annual SoCal Hotel Investment Summit on December 19, 2013;
  • Appeared on Forbes Sports Money, which aired on the Yes Network, to discuss the IMG Worldwide sale on December 4, 2013;
  • Appeared on Forbes Sports Money, which aired on the Yes Network, to discuss the Fantext IPO on December 4, 2013;
  • Appeared on Forbes Sports Money, which aired on the Yes Network, to discuss the value of NHL teams on November 25, 2013;
  • Served as a panelist on “Legal Issues Affecting Players, Teams, Leagues and Facilities” at the 2013 Sports Management Conference on November 12, 2013;
  • Served as a panelist on “Sponsorship Issues” on the Arent Fox/Gotham Media Sponsorship Panel at the offices of Arent Fox New York on June 18, 2013;
  • Appeared on Forbes Sports Money, which aired on the Yes Network, to discuss NFL and MLB Stadium financing on June 4, 2013;
  • Served as a panelist for the session “Current Legal Issues Facing Team General Counsels” at the Annual Sports Lawyers Association 39th Conference in Atlanta on May 17, 2013;
  • Served as a speaker at Georgetown Entertainment & Media Alliance’s “Night with the Nats” event at Nationals Park on careers in the business of sports and media on April 12, 2013;
  • Appeared on CNN’s Situation Room to discuss the ongoing dispute regarding the use by the Washington Redskins of the name “Redskins” on March 7, 2013;
  • Appeared on Forbes SportsMoney, which aired on the Yes Network, to discuss critical components of the recently announced multi-billion dollar television deal between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Time Warner Cable on March 5, 2013;
  • Participated on a panel on “Sports Transactions” at the Sports Industry Networking and Career Conference at George Washington University on February 8, 2013;
  • Participated on a panel entitled “Media Rights in Professional Sports” at the Sixth Annual GEMALaw Sports & Entertainment Law Symposium at Georgetown University on February 8, 2013;
  • Served as a faculty member for a new Executive Certificate course at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, titled The Global Business of Sports where he delivered a lecture entitled: “Understanding the Big Show and Media Rights” on January 23, 2013;
  • Appeared on Forbes SportsMoney, which airs on the Yes Network, to discuss the impact technology is having on the sports industry on January 13, 2013;
  • Served as the moderator for a panel on “How Deals are Getting Done” at Bisnow’s SoCal Hotel Investment Summit on December 13, 2012;
  • Served as a panelist for the Arent Fox’s Forum on Sports and Media Rights on December 11, 2012;
  • Served as the moderator for a panel on “Major Trends in Master Sports Facility Planning & Coordination” at ENR’s Sports Facilities of the 21st Century Conference on November 8, 2012;
  • Presented the teleconference/webinar on Sports Media Rights Agreements for the American Bar Association on October 24, 2012;
  • Served as a panelist for the “Introduction to Sports Law” session at the New York State Bar Association Conference on September 24, 2012;
  • Served as Moderator for Bisnow’s Washington Nationals Breakfast with Mike Rizzo, General Manager of Washington Nationals on September 20, 2012;
  • Appeared on Forbes SportsMoney, which airs on the Yes Network to discuss the financial and business implications of the proposed four team playoff for the Bowl Championship Series in college football in May 2012;
  • Appeared in a video interview with Forbes magazine’s Executive Editor Mike Ozanian to discuss the approved settlement between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Fox Sports and the impact of media rights on the sale of the Dodgers;
  • Served as a panelist for the session “Professional Sports Team General Counsel, Legal Update” at the Annual Sports Lawyers Association Conference in San Diego, California on May 11th, 2012;
  • Served as a panelist for the session “Law, Contracts, Negotiations and Representation in Sports –– Sign on the Dotted Line” at the 9th Annual Sports Events Marketing Experience on March 31st, 2012 in Washington, DC;
  • Served as a panelist for the session “Structuring Complex Sports Transactions” at Duke Law School’s 2nd Annual Sports and Entertainment Law Symposium on March 16, 2012;
  • Served as a panelist for the session “Sports Contracts, Sponsorships & Negotiations” at the 2012 SINC Conference held at The George Washington University on February 10, 2012;
  • Presented the teleconference/webinar “Sports and Entertainment Facility Agreements: Nuts and Bolts and War Stories” for the American Bar Association on December 7, 2011;
  • Served as a panelist on a “General Counsel Panel” organized by the Georgetown Entertainment & Media Alliance at Georgetown University Law School on November 18, 2011;
  • Served as the moderator for a panel at Bisnow’s NY Hotel Investment Summit at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City on July 27, 2011;
  • Presented the teleconference/webinar “The Anatomy of a Major League Club Acquisition” for the American Bar Association on June 28, 2011;
  • Served as a panelist for the session “Structuring & Negotiating Complex Transactions in Professional Sports” at the Sports Lawyers Association 37th Annual Conference in Washington, DC in on May 20th, 2011;
  • Presented a webinar on naming rights for the Association of Corporation Counsel titled “Quick Hit” on May 17, 2011;
  • Served as a panelist on a “Sport Law” panel at the Sports Industry Networking and Career Conference on March 4, 2011 on The George Washington University campus;
  • Served as a panelist at the Sports Lawyers Association’s 36th Annual Conference held at the J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge in Phoenix, May 20-22, 2010. Rich spoke on “Facilities 101: The Negotiation of Stadium and Arena Leases, Naming Rights and Concessionaire Agreements, and the Fundamentals of Facility Financing";
  • Served as a panelist for a webinar titled “Identification and Negotiation of Key Issues in Sport Sponsorships and Facility Naming Rights Transactions” on March 24, 2010;
  • Served as a panelist at the Annual Sports Lawyers Association Conference titled “Negotiating Sponsorship and Endorsement Agreements” held at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago, May 14-16, 2009;
  • Served as a panelist at a discussion titled “The Sports Revenue Game: Negotiating Sports Sponsorship and Media Transactions” at the 34th Annual Sports Lawyers Association Conference held in San Francisco on May 15-17, 2008; and
  • Served as a moderator in two panel discussions ("Negotiations in Sports and Entertainment” and "Urban Planning in Sports and Entertainment") at the First Annual Sports and Entertainment Law Symposium at Georgetown University Law Center on March 27, 2008.

Rich is also a frequent commentator for publications including the San Francisco Business Times, Fox Sports News, CBS Radio, Law in Sport, the Baltimore Sun, and Forbes Sports Money. He has also penned several legal analyses and recently published the following articles:

Awards

Awards