GableGotwals Announces its Sports, Media, and Entertainment Practice

December 7, 2023 | For more than 35 years, GableGotwals attorneys have been advising clients in the sports, media, and entertainment sectors. The team’s unique market insights inform our advice to digital, media, and production companies, entertainment venues, professional and collegiate athletes, musicians, actors, filmmakers, celebrities, licensors/rights holders, investors, financiers, and business owners.

Recent experience includes:

  • Representing clients in entertainment-related agreements such as SAG employment contracts for movies and television commercials and contracts for appearances in nationally-broadcast talent competitions
  • Representing a private investment fund in controlling investment in an Oklahoma-based film and television production company
  • Representation of a lender in a loan to a multi-state radio broadcasting company
  • Representing a country music entertainment website in connection with media production, promotion agreements with musicians and concert promoters, social media influencer agreements, and other general matters
  • Representing bands, artists, managers, and record labels in agreements
  • Representing athletes in various investments and ventures
  • Advising a professional athlete regarding a sports agent agreement
  • Negotiating a Name, Image, and Likeness agreement for a student athlete
  • Negotiating an endorsement and appearance agreement with a professional athlete
  • Representing clients in trademark and copyright disputes
  • Representing clients in sports trademark protection and enforcement

“With the recent influx of film production in Oklahoma, the rising prominence of Name, Image, and Likeness’ (NIL) arrangements with collegiate and high school athletes, and our existing experience in advising clients regarding film, music and media rights, business investments, endorsements, and appearances, we decided this is a perfect time to formalize our Sports, Media and Entertainment Practice and share with the community all the interesting and exciting projects we have completed,” said Jeffrey Hassell, Shareholder at GableGotwals and Co-Chair of the Firm’s Sports, Media, and Entertainment Practice.

As a full-service firm, GableGotwals is well poised to advise clients who desire to protect and enforce rights and claims to their creations, capitalize on their notoriety, or create value with their name, image, and likeness, and for those who help make that possible by marketing, providing capital, or hosting social media or event platforms at venues. Click here to read more about GableGotwals’ Sports, Media, and Entertainment Practice.