Irwin Kishner is Executive Chairman and a member of the Herrick’s Corporate Department. He represents a number of professional sports franchises and has acted as primary counsel on several high-profile team acquisitions and dispositions in all of the major sports leagues; cable television and radio contracts; internet and intellectual property rights; joint ventures; credit facilities; advertising and sponsorship contracts; development and naming rights agreements; franchise transfers and financings; major event and tournament promotions; and seat license agreements for stadiums and arenas. He has acted as lead counsel in all aspects of 11 major stadium transactions, most significantly Yankee Stadium, and also represents financial institutions and bond insurers in stadium finance matters and loans to teams and team owners. Irwin’s experience includes representation of the New York Yankees in their joint venture effort with Manchester City to create MLS’s NYCFC, and the continuing representation of the club across a range of transactions. He advised Legends Hospitality in the deal to develop and operate the observation deck at the top of One World Trade Center, and was lead counsel to the New York Yankees and Yankee Global Enterprises in the multi-billion dollar sale of the YES Network to 21st Century Fox. Irwin’s sports experience also includes the formation of two of the country’s largest regional sports networks (YES and SNY), and the ongoing representation of both networks. He has also negotiated many significant televisions, radio and digital media rights agreements for NBA, MLB and MLS teams – including radio rights agreements for the Chicago Cubs, the New York Yankees and the NYCFC. Irwin has also advised on many high-profile sponsorship, marketing and advertising agreements for teams and their stadiums, as well as sponsorship agreements for major sporting events. Irwin provides corporate and tax-related advice to the New York Racing Association in addition to his primary role as their Integrity Counsel.