Sports Law

Spotlight: Upcoming UFC TV Rights Negotiations

At Heitner Legal, we are often asked to conduct diligence on and draft/negotiate contracts for various types of rights deals. One common rights deal negotiation in the world of sports relates to TV rights. Bleacher Report recently asked Darren Heitner to opine on how/if ESPN layoffs will in any way affect the bidding for TV […]


UFC Investigated by FTC

The following article was written by Cyle Kiger. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has closed its non-public investigation of the  Ultimate Fighting Championship  (UFC).  After the UFC merged with four of its competitors, the FTC was reviewing possible violations of Section 7 of the Clayton Act and Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act.  Strikeforce, […]

First Amendment

UFC in Legal Battle with State of New York

The following article was written by Spencer Wingate. The increasing popularity and growth of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has not spread to New York State Legislature. The government believes their ban of mixed martial arts in 1997 is still valid. The ruling stipulated that fighting matches with kicks, punches, or blows to the opponent were […]


Fighter Association Next for UFC?

The following article was written by Spencer Wingate. Recently, ESPN aired a controversial piece on Outside the Lines examining Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighter pay. It detailed how the UFC is not required to disclose its revenues since it is a private company. ESPN seemed to be projecting the view that the UFC drastically underpays its […]

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Lawsuit Filed To End New York’s Live Professional MMA Ban

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), through its parent company Zuffa, LLC has filed a Complaint (along with a variety of popular Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighters, people who cover the sport on websites, trainers, and others named as Plaintiffs) in the U.S. District Court Southern District of New York.  The gist of the Complaint is revealed […]