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SBJ/Nov. 11-17, 2013/People and Pop Culture
Adam Klein, Katten Muchin Rosenman
Published November 11, 2013, Page 3
“You have to have a sense of reasonableness and compromise to a certain extent in figuring out what is really important to the client. [Sports leagues] are monarchies, not democracies.”
On soaring franchise values: The media rights of teams have continued to become increasingly valuable. Will there be a time when that changes? I don’t see it right now.
Why not?: Sports is true reality TV that people want to see live. The leagues are healthy, and interactive media is helping as well. We are still going to have a rising tide. In baseball, the [San Diego] Padres and [Texas] Rangers were large valuations. It sets the expectations among owners, and I’m not sure in the near future when that is going to change.
On billionaire buyers: We are starting to relegate [team] sales to the billionaires of the world. You are seeing Guggenheim and other funds become more interested in these assets. They see the value, but the leagues have also become more flexible in dealing with these types of buyers because the world is more limited in finding individuals who have that wealth.
On the next NBA television deal: You try and lock in as many years as you can at the highest number. You will see a healthy growth rate in the dollars, but I’m not sure on how many years. There are more suitors. More bidders helps in a competitive landscape, and the rights go up nicely.