For more than 25 years our clients have relied on Chapman and Cutler’s service-oriented practice to help them finance sports assets and teams. Chapman and Cutler has handled transactions involving Major League Baseball, the National Football League, the National Basketball Association, and teams including the Chicago Bears, Chicago White Sox, Milwaukee Brewers, Philadelphia Phillies, Utah Jazz, Vancouver Grizzlies (now Memphis Grizzlies), Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Raptors. In addition, we have assisted communities with both taxable and tax-exempt debt financing for multi-use facilities including facilities used for professional minor league baseball, hockey and basketball. We have acted as underwriters’ counsel or bond counsel on a series of financings for arena, stadium and housing facilities used for the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games. We have assisted public universities and public authorities in the financing of stadiums, arenas and renovations, and with tax issues related to the private use of public facilities. Whether you are seeking or arranging public or private financing, or a transaction including both, our legal team will bring broad and varied experience to serve your needs.

Our recently expanded western-States practice has enhanced our capabilities with respect to the development of sports facilities, adding substantial experience with environmental, redevelopment (including brownfield and urban redevelopment), land-use, traffic and parking planning issues.

Our extensive involvement in sports transactions is a function of our nationally recognized finance practice, a practice that includes both public and private finance. We are at the cutting edge of developments in traditional bank financing, lease financing, structured financing (including asset securitization), private placement of debt securities, municipal financing and tax-exempt financing.  Our attorneys’ range of experience in all of these disciplines — and more — gives you an important edge as you seek to finance your sports-related assets.

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Additionally, attorneys now practicing at Chapman and Cutler, have previously served as counsel in these transactions

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