Jeffrey A. Mishkin joined the New York office of Skadden, Arps on January 1, 2000, after serving as executive vice president and chief legal officer of the National Basketball Association for seven years.
His practice centers on all aspects of sports law and includes antitrust, intellectual property, labor and a wide range of trial and appellate business litigation. For many years, he has represented the NBA as its chief outside counsel.
As executive vice president and chief legal officer, Mr. Mishkin oversaw every aspect of the NBA’s legal affairs, including all litigation, labor relations, commercial transactions, legislation, and enforcement of the league’s intellectual property rights and its anti-drug program, personally trying and arguing the NBA’s most important cases, including NBA v. Williams (an antitrust and labor law case regarding the NBA’s salary cap); Chicago Professional Sports and WGN v. NBA (an antitrust case involving the league’s national television rights); and NBA v. Motorola (an intellectual property case closely watched across the country concerning the unauthorized transmission via pagers and the Internet of real-time scores and statistics of NBA games).
Since coming to Skadden, his sports practice has expanded to include representation of the PGA TOUR, National Football League, National Hockey League, Major League Baseball, National Collegiate Athletic Association, United States Tennis Association, Major League Baseball Advanced Media, Collegiate Licensing Association, Madison Square Garden, New York Knicks, New York Rangers, New Jersey (now Brooklyn) Nets, Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns, Toronto Raptors, Toronto Maple Leafs, Denver Nuggets, Miami Heat and many other sports organizations. Among other notable matters, Mr. Mishkin successfully represented the PGA TOUR in Morris Communications v. PGA TOUR, an antitrust case in which the Eleventh Circuit upheld the right of the PGA TOUR to prohibit the unauthorized sale of real-time golf scores.
Mr. Mishkin teaches Arbitration in Sports.