Jeremy M. Evans, the founder and managing attorney at California Sports Lawyer® – a firm that represents entertainment, media, and sports clientele, will give a CLE presentation entitled Title: E Sports: The Differences between Entertainment and Sports Dealmaking for CLE Companion, a legal technology company that is changing the CLE industry by offering an affordable and easy way for attorneys to satisfy their CLE requirement.
Evans, an award-winning attorney and community leader based in Los Angeles, will present the course in live-stream fashion on July 18, 2019 at 12 noon PT. Participants can sign up at the CLE Companion. The talk will be available on-demand thereafter.
The presentation will center on the story of Turner “Tfue” Tenney, a popular eSports gamer who was represented by Faze Clan, an eSports organization and digital, social, and streaming content network. As part of the relationship, Faze Clan would take a percentage of Tenney’s endorsement deals and winnings from tournaments on Twitch (owned by Amazon/AMZN), which does not seem much different from a sports agency model for an athlete or an entertainment agency like WME/Endeavor or CAA for entertainment, media, and sports talent.
“The question is what rules apply to Tenney and Faze Clan?” said Evans. “Is Tenney an athlete, entertainer, or an influencer in the media space? Is Tenney all three designations in one under the law? The focus will be on California since the Golden State is where this author is licensed to practice law, but also because California like New York state have robust laws and regulations for the broad-based field and term of talent representation, which includes varying legislative acts for entertainment, media, and sports individuals and business firms (agencies and attorneys, etc.) in the space.”
Evans holds a Master of Laws (LL.M) in Entertainment, Media, and Sports Law from Pepperdine University School of Law, a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Thomas Jefferson School of Law, a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Political Science with an emphasis in American Politics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and is currently a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) candidate at the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School. His client’s range from Fortune 500 companies to athletes, entertainers, models, television and film producers, studios, entertainment, media, and sports businesses in contractual, intellectual property, formation, distribution, negotiation, and dealmaking matters.
Prior to opening California Sports Lawyer®, Evans worked as a Graduate Law Clerk at the Superior Court of California, advising judicial officers in civil and criminal law and motion matters. Prior to law school, he worked in accounting and finance for the number one business-only litigation firm in the world, Quinn Emanuel Uquhart & Sullivan LLP, in Los Angeles. He has also worked as a legislative aide and field representative in the California State Legislature and continues to work on local and national campaigns.
Kristin Davidson, the founder and Executive Director of CLE Companion, said Evans is a recognized leader in the sports law field, whose cutting-edge perspectives are widely respected.
“To have Jeremy come in and speak on an emerging topic like this is quite a coup for CLE Companion,” said Davidson. “He has much to offer, especially to those attorneys considering expanding into the eSports arena.”
CLE Companion’s mission is to start every day with a simple mission statement: “To be the easiest, most cost-effective and complete resource to complete your MCLE online.” With a multitude of offerings in both Live Stream and On Demand formats, CLE Companion’s intent is to “set the bar for Continuing Legal Education in all areas of practice.”