Sports Litigation

Hagens Berman has pioneered the area of sports litigation, fighting for the rights of student-athletes across the nation, and our firm continues to expand this area of practice through our novel applications of the law.

Hagens Berman has one of the nation’s most highly regarded sports law practices. Our pending litigation seeks to address multiple concerns and injustices held by major sports governing bodies, including concussion and head trauma, scholarships and payment for the use of athletes’ likenesses in video games.

Our attorneys are the vanguard of new and innovative legal approaches to protect the rights of professional and amateur athletes in cases against large, well-financed interests, including the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the National Football League (NFL) and the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA).

Cases of particular nationwide interest for fans, athletes and the general public involve numerous cases filed by Hagens Berman against the NCAA. The most recent, and potentially far-reaching, case involves a suit on behalf of NCAA student-athletes against the NCAA and its most powerful members, including the Pac-12, Big Ten, Big-12, SEC and ACC, claiming these entities violated federal antitrust laws by drastically reducing the number of scholarships and financial aid student-athletes receive to an amount below the actual cost of attendance and far below what the free market would bare.

"The lawsuit puts Berman at the lead of an effort that could rebalance the relationship between athletes and the Indianapolis-based NCAA, which reported $841.1 million in revenue in the fiscal year ending in August 2012. His firm, Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP, is also leading three lawsuits against the NCAA that seek to increase athletes’ control over their finances, including one that seeks money for those whose likenesses appeared without their permission in video games."

- "NCAA Faces Legal Push Led by Litigator With Tobacco Stash," Bloomberg  

In addition to the firm's class actions, Hagens Berman has filed several individual cases to uphold the rights of athletes and ensure a fair and safe environment. The firm has filed multiple individual cases to address concussions and other traumatic head injuries among student-athletes at NCAA schools and in youth sports. Hagens Berman continues to represent the interests of athletes and find innovative and effective applications of the law to uphold players' rights.

Sports Litigation Cases and Investigations:

FIFA Concussions 08/27/14 Personal Injury Litigation, Sports Litigation Settled
Craig Morton Concussions 12/10/13 Sports Litigation Active
Donnovan Hill 11/05/13 Personal Injury Litigation, Sports Litigation Settled
EA/Madden NFL Video Game Development 03/30/11 Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment, Sports Litigation Settled
Major League Baseball - Foul Ball Injuries 07/13/15 Consumer Rights, Sports Litigation Active
NCAA Transfer Antitrust 07/25/12 Antitrust Litigation, Sports Litigation Active
NCAA Concussions 09/28/11 Personal Injury Litigation, Sports Litigation Settled
NCAA Concussions: Alex Isaac 06/19/14 Personal Injury Litigation, Sports Litigation Active
NCAA Concussions: Cody Silk 08/08/13 Personal Injury Litigation, Sports Litigation Settled
NCAA Concussions: Zachary Walen 08/28/14 Personal Injury Litigation, Sports Litigation Settled
NCAA Scholarships Class Action 07/11/14 Antitrust Litigation, Sports Litigation Damages Claims Settled; Injunction Granted After Trial
NCAA/EA Video Games Name and Likeness Litigation 05/05/09 Consumer Rights, Media & Entertainment, Sports Litigation Settled
Pop Warner 03/06/14 Personal Injury Litigation, Sports Litigation Settled
USA Water Polo 02/03/15 Personal Injury Litigation, Sports Litigation Active
NFL Concussions - Personal Injury Litigation, Sports Litigation Settled
T3Media 08/25/14 Media & Entertainment, Sports Litigation Active

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Why Select Hagens Berman?

Selecting a sports litigation attorney will have a significant impact on the outcome of your case.
When searching for a sports litigation attorney to represent you,
you want a firm with a record of success at the top of the profession.

Stellar Reputation

Stellar Reputation

Hagens Berman fights with the creativity and tenacity to continue to raise the bar and take on every case with the goal of achieving the best outcome for the largest group of individuals.

No Cost to You Unless We Win

No Cost to You Unless We Win

Our firm operates on a contingency fee basis, meaning the victims we represent pay nothing at all unless we win. Attorney fees are paid based on an industry percentage of overall settlement terms, allowing plaintiffs to reap the rewards.



At the basis of all that motivates Hagens Berman is our mission for corporate reform. It’s through our work that we continue to uphold and fight for the rights of those most vulnerable to corporate greed and negligence.

Real Results

Real Results

We achieve results, and our track record proves it. While many class-action or individual plaintiff cases result in large legal fees and no meaningful result for the client, Hagens Berman finds ways to return real value.

Sports Litigation Blog Posts:

Sports News: Foul Ball Fan Protection

A 2014 Bloomberg News analysis estimated that more than 1,700 fans are hurt each year by foul balls, home runs and some broken bats more »

Written July 11, 2019 Sports Litigation

Amtrak crash survivor has to give up dream of being police officer due to...

SEATTLE — Tiffani Vincent had her whole life planned out. Following her career as an Air Force military police officer, she hoped to work for a civilian police department. "Unfortunately... more »

Written May 14, 2019 Personal Injury

New York Passes Child Victims Act for Survivors of Sexual Abuse

For victims of sexual abuse, mere moments can affect lifetimes, and short windows can predicate decades. When the New York state legislature passed The Child Victims Act last month, the... more »

Written February 22, 2019 Child Sexual Abuse, Steve W. Berman, Sexual Harassment

The CFPB Does Its Job. Will Congress Let It Stand?

It is 775 pages long. I have not read all of it. But I know this: it is a great win for consumers. more »

Written July 25, 2017 General

"Class counsel has consistently
demonstrated extraordinary skill and effort."

— U.S. District Judge James Selna, Central District of California

In re Toyota Motor Corp. Unintended Acceleration Marketing

"...the track record of Hagens Berman['s] Steve Berman is...impressive, having racked...a $1.6 billion settlement in the Toyota Unintended Acceleration Litigation and a substantial number of really outstanding big-ticket results."

— Milton I. Shadur, Senior U.S. District Judge

Naming Hagens Berman Interim Class Counsel in Stericycle Pricing MDL

Hagens Berman has been featured
on the Plaintiffs' Hot List eight times

— The National Law Journal

The NLJ's List of the Year's Hottest Firms

"If it has to do with class-action litigation,
Berman's the go-to guy."

— I. Basso, client

Source: Avvo

The firm's "innovative approaches to litigation
have earned significant recognition"

— The Law Business Insider

"[A] clear choice emerges.
That choice is the Hagens Berman firm."

— United States District Court for the Northern District of California

In re Optical Disk Drive Products Antitrust Litigation (appointing the firm lead counsel)

"All right, I think I can conclude on the basis with my five years with you all, watching this litigation progress and seeing it wind to a conclusion, that the results are exceptional..."

— Judge Hamilton, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

In re Dynamic Random Access Memory Antitrust Litigation (Hagens Berman was co-lead counsel and helped achieve the $325 million class settlement)

Recent Recognition:

Hagens Berman is a plaintiffs’ class-action law firm that helps victims of auto accidents, sports injuries, defective products, dangerous drugs and business fraud pursue their legal rights. We take on large corporations for negligence and fraud, and hold them accountable.
Our attorneys are champions of consumer rights. The size or clout of the corporations we pursue is never a deterrent to our pursuit for justice. Over the years, we have built the resources we need to thoroughly investigate these personal injury and product defect cases, and achieve the best possible outcome for our clients. Our work is consistently recognized for industry excellence.

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