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Esports: Assessing the Legal Landscape for a Growing Industry

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Produced on February 05, 2019

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Course Information

Time 1h 1m
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Arts & Entertainment Sports Law

Course Description

Professional esports is at a critical juncture in the quest for growth and credibility, facing both great promise and substantial risks. As industry participants expect revenues and investments to continue to grow as esports breaks further into the mainstream, the range and significance of legal issues also have grown, including illegal gambling, match-fixing, privacy and cybersecurity, media and licensing rights, and intellectual property, labor and employment, and general league governance matters. There is much for industry participants to do and consider on the legal front as they focus on protecting and legitimizing their brands as interest and investment in esports expands.

Foley & Lardner partner Jon Israel will provide an overview of the legal issues impacting professional esports leagues, teams, players, and other industry participants. Jon will discuss recent legal developments, while focusing on practical approaches to address legal compliance.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify stakeholders and provide a general overview of professional esports in comparison to traditional professional sports
  2. Review the legal backdrop, including applicable laws and regulatory schemes relevant to the industry
  3. Examine recent events and legal developments
  4. Discuss target areas for legal compliance

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Jonathan Israel

Foley & Lardner LLP

Jonathan L. Israel is a partner and an experienced sports and labor/employment attorney with Foley & Lardner LLP. He advises and litigates for clients on a wide variety of traditional labor and general employment matters. He practices in diverse industries, including professional, collegiate and Olympic sports, entertainment, media, financial services, hedge and private equity funds, transportation and retail.

Previously, Mr. Israel was assistant general counsel at the National Basketball Association, where he served as in-house counsel to the NBA and its affiliated entities and teams on labor and employment, litigation, and general corporate matters. He also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Alfred M. Wolin of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.

Areas of Concentration

  • Sports law
  • Equal employment litigation & counseling
  • Wage and hour litigation & counseling
  • Worker misclassification
  • Restrictive covenants & trade secrets
  • Traditional labor law
  • Employment contracts and separation agreements
  • Federal and state agency investigations (e.g., Department of Labor)
  • Labor and employment issues in corporate transactions
  • WARN Act
  • ERISA & employee benefits


Edmund S.

Could use more slides

Rachel G.

Interesting overview of issues in an emerging industry

James B.

Very enlightening. Engaging speaker.

Richard A.

Very eye-opening. Didn’t realize all the potential issues raised by this topic.

George P.

great course. covering a modern topic that the law hasnt fully understood yet.

Daniel H.

Good info, raised many relevant issues/questions.

Vicki B.

Really interesting course, great presentation - thanks

ken b.

good speaker

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