Case Studies

The Business of Sports

  • IGI was retained by a law firm representing the NFL to conduct detailed background due diligence on a leading prospective owner, a high net-worth individual, of a professional football team. Our assignment included uncovering red flags and potential liabilities related to the candidate’s personal and professional reputation, financial profile and other potential risks. Our investigation included analyzing substantial material related to the candidate’s lengthy career, which included complex financial transactions, and discreet interviews of individuals who had been involved in business arrangements with the candidate. The results of our interviews yielded unique and relevant perspective on the candidate’s reputation and record.
  • On behalf of an incumbent team owner, IGI conducted its gold standard due diligence investigation of a prospective new owner of a Major League Baseball team. IGI was retained to investigate the background and qualifications of the prospective buyer as well as his suitability to own the team.
  • The NFL hired IGI to conduct detailed background inquiries of prospective purchasers of the Washington Redskins and its stadium (We typically do not identify clients or the focus of our investigations. In this case, the client publicly disclosed the engagement). IGI examined the financial and reputational backgrounds of three individuals, and developed an accurate assessment of the candidates’ financial means and assets.
  • IGI worked on behalf of a Major League Baseball team owner on the West Coast involved in litigation brought by an international labor union regarding rights to the team stadium. The outcome of the litigation had resulted in a substantial judgment against our client. IGI identified, located and interviewed members of the jury who entered the unfavorable settlement against our client to determine whether the jurors may have been improperly influenced.
  • IGI provided litigation support to a New York law firm, working on behalf of the NFL, by developing information on the financial condition and background of an individual closely-affiliated with a team owner. Our investigation uncovered significant information related to the individual’s financial profile, including evidence that he had defaulted on a significant transaction and did not possess sufficient liquid assets to satisfy the court’s judgment.
  • Led by seasoned litigators, IGI has extensive experience supporting clients in the sports industry in significant litigation and arbitration disputes. For example, IGI has been retained for litigation support by the owner of a Major League Baseball team; a sporting and music entertainment presenter; and a high-profile professional boxer.
  • IGI has developed strong capabilities in combating the theft of intellectual property and the illegal sale of clothing bearing counterfeit logos and trademarks.  IGI investigated the theft of intellectual property from a sports franchise by another company.  And current IGI personnel have led successful investigations into the mass production and sale of counterfeit clothing, including a criminal case against perpetrators replicating Nike shoes.
  • Working for the owner of a professional football team, IGI obtained and analyzed information and documents related to a college football coach’s recruitment of staff for a professional expansion team in another state.
  • For a prominent university, IGI recently conducted comprehensive background investigations into multiple candidates for the Athletic Director position, including the individual who was ultimately named.  (This university routinely retains IGI for our gold standard executive background searches, including of candidates for other high profile positions such as President, Provost and Dean.)  Operating under a tight deadline, we assigned senior investigators to coordinate each of the five respective investigations. The results of IGI’s work armed the university with relevant and previously-unknown information about certain candidates that assisted the client in rendering informed decisions related to a high-profile appointment.
  • In regards to collegiate athletics, IGI’s team of lawyers and investigators has been called upon to conduct discreet internal investigations into allegations of misconduct by players and coaches.  For example, on behalf of a West Coast university we conducted an internal investigation into allegations involving a Division I football coach; IGI investigated allegations by a female collegiate athlete that she had been sexually assaulted by a male athlete at the school; and we looked into allegations involving improper gifts and favors from a sports agent to players on a Division I football team.
  • IGI was retained by a company involved in the sale of tickets for sporting events to develop competitive intelligence on an adversary engaged in questionable commercial practices.  Our investigators uncovered allegations and evidence supporting the client’s claims against the competitor.
  • Illustrating IGI’s versatility and experience in a variety of different sports, IGI successfully uncovered and analyzed the terms of a deal between the governing body of a professional tennis tournament and a corporate sponsor of the tournament.