Sherrard Roe Voigt & Harbison's sports law service area includes a team of attorneys with experience representing professional sports franchises in operational and transactional matters. Our attorneys understand the nuances associated with running a business in the world of professional sports and bring an experienced, practical approach to our professional sports franchise clients.
Our operational experience in this area includes serving as lead counsel to the Nashville Predators, a franchise in the National Hockey League, from 1997 through the Club’s sale to new owners in 2007. During this time, we represented the Predators in numerous debt and equity financings. We also represented the Predators in the negotiation of every major agreement entered into by the Club, including, but not limited to, naming rights agreements, television and radio rights agreements, sponsorship, suite license, and advertising agreements, and employment agreements. We also represented the Club in its negotiations with the City and Powers Management (an affiliate of the Club which operates the City-owned arena in which the Predators play) with respect to all operations of the Nashville Arena.
With respect to our transactional experience in sports law, SRVH served as lead counsel to the investor group that acquired the Nashville Predators franchise from the National Hockey League, leading negotiations with the NHL on the Expansion Agreement and entry into the league, leading negotiations with the City of Nashville regarding the license and use of the Nashville Arena, and finalizing both debt and equity financing for the acquisition. In 2007, Sherrard and Roe acted as lead counsel in the sale of the Predators to a new ownership group. SRVH also acted as lead counsel to a group of investors that acquired the Minnesota Wild, a franchise in the NHL, in 2008. As part of this acquisition, SRVH led negotiations with respect to the acquisition, debt and equity financings, approval of the ownership group by the NHL, and the acquisition and subsequent disposition of certain subsidiaries and affiliates of the Minnesota Wild.