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IRWIN RAIJ

Partner
O'Melveny & Myers

Irwin Raij Partner 
New York D: +1-212-326-2120 iraij@omm.com 
 
 
As Sports Industry Group Co-Chair, Irwin P. Raij has extensive experience advising clients on a wide range of sports business issues, on both the professional and the collegiate levels. He has represented owners and acquirers of professional sports teams, leagues, universities, and state governments. His experience includes matters related to MLB, MiLB, MLS, NBA, NHL, NFL, and EPL, along with major colleges and universities. Irwin also is an owner of the Oklahoma City Dodgers (MiLB), and the MLS Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC). Irwin has handled new stadium development projects, project program and development counseling, financing, construction, license/lease agreements, construction agreements, management agreements, concessions, merchandising, ancillary development, licensing arrangements, promotional and advertising agreements (including naming rights), sports technology counseling/ventures, ticketing arrangements, stadium service agreements, RSN formation, and television, radio and media rights agreements. A consensus builder, Irwin also has experience successfully negotiating complex public-private partnerships. Previously, he served as assistant counsel to the Gore/Lieberman presidential campaign, responsible for compliance with Federal Election Commission regulations, drafting committee contracts and leases, conducting research and providing other legal guidance. Irwin also served as an attorney in the White House Office of Counsel to the President and later as associate counsel in the White House Office of Counsel to the Vice President. 
Admissions 
Bar Admissions  District of Columbia Florida New York 
Education 
Washington University, J.D. University of Miami, B.B.A. 

 
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Irwin began his career as an attorney advisor for the Department of Housing & Urban Development, and returned to that Department to serve as special assistant in the office of the general counsel and as acting managing attorney for the FOIA Department. 
Experience Mergers & Acquisitions • Advising Phoenix Rising Football Club on various aspects of a potential MLS expansion team. • Led the team that represented Guggenheim Baseball Management (headed by Mark Walter, Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Stan Kasten and Peter Guber, among others) in the acquisition of the Los Angeles Dodgers, the single largest transaction ever for a professional sports franchise. • Represented Rangers Baseball Express (the investment group led by Chuck Greenberg and Nolan Ryan) in its acquisition of the Texas Rangers. • Represented former Milwaukee Bucks President and Owner Herbert Kohl in the $550 million sale of the basketball franchise to New York investment firm executives Marc Lasry and Wesley Edens. • Represented multiple entities seeking to acquire both minority and majority interests in Major League Soccer franchises. • Represented client in acquiring an e-sports team. • Multiple additional representations of individuals seeking minority or majority interests in professional teams in various leagues. Stadiums and Related Development • Represented EB-5 provider related to possible financing for new soccer-specific stadium for DC United. • Represented the State of Hawaii's Aloha Stadium facility with site analysis to facilitate planning possible new stadium and ancillary development. • Represented Syracuse University on sports facility development matters, including stadium finance and project management. • Represented Hillsborough County in its ongoing efforts to build a new ballpark for the Tampa Bay Rays. • Represented MLB in its successful efforts to facilitate the negotiation and approval of new stadiums for the Miami Marlins and Washington Nationals. • Appointed by MLB Commissioner Bud Selig to serve on a three person committee to determine feasibility of developing a new stadium for the Oakland A's in Northern California. • Represented the Orlando City Soccer Club with respect to stadium agreements for original site.  • Counseled New York State in support of Governor Andrew Cuomo's efforts to keep the Buffalo Bills in Buffalo, including the assessment of a new building and successfully negotiating a lease extension and non-relocation agreement in 2013. • Assisted with matters related to development of the Milwaukee Bucks' new arena and ancillary development. 

 
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• Represented MLB and the Washington Nationals in the relocation of the Montreal Expos, now the Washington Nationals, to Washington, DC. Following the sale of the team by MLB to the Lerner family, represented the team in all matters related to the construction of the new, over $600 million ballpark. • Represented Stephen Ross, Chairman and CEO of the Related Companies, in the purchase of the Miami Dolphins football franchise and Dolphin Stadium.  In addition, represented Team on certain Stadium improvement matters. • Served as member of the Sacramento First Task Force, which assisted the City with evaluating options for the new Sacramento Kings arena. • Represented University of Miami on its basketball arena naming rights deal with Watsco. • Representing the West Villages Improvement District with respect to the development of a spring training facility for the Atlanta Braves in Sarasota, Florida. Media • Represented Guggenheim Baseball Management (the ownership group for the Los Angeles Dodgers) in the formation of American Media Productions, LLC (AMP) which launched SportsNet LA and the related media agreement between the Dodgers and AMP to air Dodger games. • Represented University of Oregon for its $57 million multimedia rights deal with IMG College. • Represented Syracuse University in negotiation with IMG College for its multi-media license agreement. • Represented Combate Americas, the first US Hispanic Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) sports franchise, in its agreement with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) to air events on UFC Fight Pass, UFC's over-the-top (OTT) digital streaming service. 
Professional Activities Speaker • Panelist, “Legal Aspects of Major Sports Venue Management,” Sports Lawyers Association Conference (May 19, 2017) • Speaker and Panelist at numerous universities, including UCLA, University of Miami, Marquette University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Maryland, Notre Dame, Cal-Berkeley, Duke University, and St. John’s University, among others • Corporate Ticket Impact Conference (CTIC) Author • “Public Development for Professional Sports Stadiums,” Oxford Handbooks, (2017, release date forthcoming) • Multiple articles on topics such as facility development, ADA, ancillary development and stadiums, the business of college athletics, and media Member  • National Board of Directors for the Development Corporation for Israel • Board of advisors for the University of Miami School of Law’s Graduate Program in Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law 

 
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• Board of directors of the Washington DC Jewish Community Center and the Greater Washington Jewish Federation (2013 and 2014) • Former member of the Jewish Federation of North America’s National Young Leadership Cabinet and the Israel Bonds New Leadership Board • Former member of the National Alumni Association Board of the University of Miami, and is a member of Iron Arrow • Former member of the Board of directors of Amigos for Kids®, a Florida nonprofit 
Honors & Awards • Recognized as a “Dealmaker” in Variety’s 2017 Dealmakers Elite: New York • Recognized nationally for sports law in the 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 editions of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business • Selected as part of Sports Business Journal’s “Power Players: Sports Lawyers & Outside Counsel” 2016 list • Recognized by The Legal 500 for work in sports law in 2010, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 • Recognized by Who’s Who Legal: Sports and Entertainment in 2015 • Named to the 2011 Sports Business Journal/Daily 40 Under 40 list  • Selected for inclusion in the 2013 Washington, DC Super Lawyers® list for work in entertainment & sports  • Recognized by the South Florida Daily Business Review as the 2012 Top Dealmaker of the Year in the Corporate Domestic category  • Recognized by the Washingtonian’s list of Washington’s Top Lawyers in 2011 and 2013  • Named a 2009 Young Guns Top Washington Lawyer by the Washington Business Journal  • Named the 2008 Young Alumnus of the Year by the Washington University School of Law  • Highlighted by Washington Lawyer magazine for his work on the Washington Nationals deal in the cover story of its November issue in 2007  • Recipient of the 2004 American Marshall Memorial Fellowship  • Named a 2003 finalist by the South Florida Business Journal as an “Up and Comer” in South Florida’s legal community  • Selected as a 2001 recipient of the “Spotlight of Achievers” award from the Latin Auxiliary of the Jewish Home of Miami