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September 29, 2004
WASHINGTON, D.C., September 29, 2004 - Covington & Burling represented the D.C. Sports & Entertainment Commission in its agreement announced this afternoon to relocate Major League Baseball's Montreal Expos to Washington.
The D.C. Sports & Entertainment Commission, together with the Government of the District of Columbia, today entered into a baseball stadium agreement and related agreements with Baseball Expos, L.P. and Major League Baseball. The agreements call for the relocation of the Montreal Expos' franchise to the District of Columbia beginning with the 2005 MLB season, to play in the Washington Senators' former home, Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium. The stadium agreement also contemplates the construction of a new ballpark on Washington's Anacostia Riverfront by 2008.
W. Andrew Jack, a corporate lawyer in the firm's sports practice group and a long-standing advisor to the Sports & Entertainment Commission, was at the center of Covington's efforts culminating in today's agreement. Other members of the Covington legal team included Eric H. Holder, Jr. (government relations), Bruce S. Wilson, Doug Gibson and Sean P. Reid (sports transactions), Edward West (real estate), Stephen Weiswasser (television and media) and Tod Ackerly (municipal finance).
Covington & Burling is a pre-eminent sports industry legal advisor, with an active practice representing the NFL, NHL, NBA, and other major sports leagues, clubs, investors and other participants in transactional, litigation and regulatory matters. Since 1999, Covington has represented the D.C. Sports & Entertainment Commission, an independent agency of the District of Columbia government that is responsible for the management and operation of Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, the D.C. Armory and their adjacent facilities and for presenting and promoting sports, entertainment and special events in the District and the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.