Mintz is pleased to share that Members and Co-chairs of the firm’s Sports & Entertainment Practice Keith Carroll, Anthony Mulrain, and Tyrone Thomas have been named to the Sports Business Journal (SBJ)’s list of "2021 Power Players: Outside Counsel." In the October 25 special report, SBJ — the nation’s premier sports business publication — honored lawyers who represent sports industry leaders in landmark legal matters. Mintz has developed a significant presence in the sports law arena since its inception in 2016.
Mr. Carroll advises professional sports franchises, senior executives, and athletes with regard to league investigations, business disputes and negotiations, and other sensitive and high-profile matters. A specialist in complex disputes, he has experience across a wide range of subjects including commercial contract rights, antitrust claims, fiduciary duties, intellectual property rights, corporate governance, and insurance bad faith. Since 2015, Mr. Carroll has been trial counsel for ten matters taken to verdict, award, or decision in nine different jurisdictions, and has represented clients in investigations conducted by Major League Baseball (MLB) and the National Hockey League and in arbitrations before the National Basketball Association (NBA) Players Association.
With over 25 years of experience, Mr. Mulrain regularly advises athletes, agencies, teams, and leagues on business and personal matters. His experience on all sides of the negotiating table makes him uniquely qualified to navigate high-profile to discrete matters. Agents and their client-athletes in the National Football League (NFL), NBA, and MLB, including at least one number one overall draft pick across each league, regularly rely on Mr. Mulrain’s creative solutions, sound judgment, and legal guidance.
Mr. Thomas has advised on legal issues in college athletics for 20 years, conducting investigations on alleged National Collegiate Athletic Association rules violations, advising institutions on enforcement matters, and the appeal of sanctions on universities, college athletes, and athletics personnel. He has advised on Title IX compliance and employment contracts for prominent college coaches. In professional sports matters, Mr. Thomas has advised teams on league compliance issues and other legal matters. He has served as a legal analyst for the ESPN, New York Times, and Sports Illustrated.
Mintz’s Sports & Entertainment practice represents some of the biggest brands in professional and college sports and is a go-to partner for prominent sports world owners, teams, executives, universities and athletic departments, businesses, talent agencies, and athletes. Our interdisciplinary team has an exceptional depth of knowledge surrounding the legal issues impacting the sports industry including litigation, league compliance and investigations, stadium and project financing, television network and media rights, entertainment transactions, arena management, non-fungible tokens (NFTs), name, image, and likeness, and diversity, equity, and inclusion issues, and intellectual property rights. With 550+ attorneys across our eight offices, we have a national footprint and access to a strong international law firm network.