Sports Law

Blecher Collins & Pepperman has prevailed in high-profile lawsuits involving professional and amateur athletes, team owners, and sports leagues. These cases have yielded important legal decisions, with significant implications for the parties involved and the public.

We settled a lawsuit on behalf of all Division I college football and men’s basketball players against the NCAA to increase athletic-based financial aid. The NCAA’s prior policy capped the amount of financial aid to student-athletes, preventing member colleges from competing for students by offering aid that covered the full cost of attending school. We argued that this constituted a price-fixing agreement and restraint of trade under the antitrust laws.

Representative Cases

  • An antitrust restraint of trade lawsuit that challenged NFL and NBA policies, enabling the Raiders and the Clippers to relocate their teams
  • Two antitrust price-fixing lawsuits against the NCAA: one seeking damages for the downfall of the Aloha Bowl, the other challenging the NCAA’s caps on financial aid to student-athletes
  • Represented pay-TV subscribers in UCL claim against Time Warner Cable, Los Angeles Lakers, and Los Angeles Dodgers over the forced inclusion of three new channels devoted exclusively to those teams at a significant monthly price increase without subscriber consent and no opt out right
  • Defended owner of professional sports team with respect to charges the league instituted against him under the league constitution and bylaws. Also defended owner in probate court proceedings and trial after his wife petitioned for approval of the sale of the team without his consent under trust provision relating to incompetence.
Attorneys:  Donald R. Pepperman