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The Effects of the Evolving Media Industry on the Sports Industry's Legal Environment

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Produced on February 12, 2018

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Course Information

Time 1h 36m
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

This program, presented by Jenner & Block Special Counsel David Sussman, will review how the ever-evolving media industry is affecting the sports industry. Sussman will begin by providing an overview of each industry before exploring the many ways in which the industries overlap, particularly in the area of sports programming content. He will then offer an analysis of recent changes to the sports-media legal environment, before considering prospective future changes to the industries.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Review traditional platforms in the media industry and the traditional economic model, and analyze new and emerging platforms and the corresponding new economic model
  2. Provide an overview of the sports industry, and understand media industry payments to sports leagues and teams
  3. Explore how media and sports intersect to provide sports programming content
  4. Examine how various changes in the media industry, such as net neutrality, retransmission consent & carriage disputes, copyright and content protection, a la carte programming, and more, present legal issues and changes in the legal environment for the sports industry
  5. Consider the legal ramifications of potential future changes to the sports and media industries, including sports format changes and the shifting definition of sports

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David Sussman

Jenner & Block

Mr. Sussman has more than 25 years of experience in legal and leadership positions at some of the most prominent companies in the media industry, having served as the chief legal officer at a division of an international media conglomerate, the general counsel, head of business affairs and executive vice president of a major television network and the general counsel and chief operating officer of a well-known professional sports team.

Over the course of his career, clients have valued Mr. Sussman for being a “hands-on” lawyer and strategic business advisor responsible for critical deals and litigations. He has extensive experience handling complex transactions including the launch of new networks and products, distribution agreements and other complex rights negotiations, as well as handling the corporate aspects of certain professional sports matters, including media deals, team ownership or P & L structuring, facility arrangements, revenue-sharing and investments. Additionally, he represents sports organizations, network, studio and online distributors and other media companies in mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures and strategic alliances and advises senior management regarding potential business risks of new competitive, legal or regulatory developments as well as with respect to compliance with regulatory, corporate and contractual obligations.

Prior to joining Jenner & Block, Mr. Sussman helped establish an entertainment and media practice at an international law firm, where he represented companies on transactions, licensing arrangements and litigation in the entertainment and media industry. He also served as an operating partner at a middle-market private equity firm, where he developed and led acquisitions of businesses across the entertainment, sports and media sector.

Mr. Sussman was selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America in entertainment law in 2012 and was listed in Variety’s annual “Legal Impact Report 2013,” recognizing the top lawyers in the entertainment industry. He was also recognized in the 2017 edition of Legal 500 United States as a recommended lawyer in Media, Technology and Telecoms - Media and Entertainment. Mr. Sussman currently serves as co-chair on the New York City Bar Association's Sports Law Committee.


Christina P.

Excellent and thorough overview of current trends and issues in media/sports industries.

Richard G.

Excellent overview, well worth the time.

Alfred S.

The speaker was extremely knowledgeable and the program was enjoyable.

Richard D.

Enjoyed it.

Laura F.

Bravo Mr. Sussman!

Gregg M.

Generally good.

Reginald D.

Thank you!

Christopher B.

good. thanks

B.A. S.

The slideshow in the middle of the presentation was a great way to break up the presentation.

Antoine M.

Informative, well-prepared presentation

Christina C.

Great speaker!

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