Sports Law

Mr. Binns has represented numerous sports figures including a number of world-champion boxers: Michael Spinks (heavyweight), Matthew Saad Muhammad (light heavyweight), Jeff Chandler (bantamweight), Barry McGuigan (featherweight), Orlin Norris (cruiserweight), and Frank Bruno (heavyweight). He recently negotiated contracts with HBO and DiBella Entertainment for Jermain Taylor, the current middleweight champion.

The National Sporting Club, London, England retained him to negotiate multi-million dollar contracts with Don King Productions Inc., in connection with world heavyweight championship bouts between Tim Withersooon and Frank Bruno (London, England 1986) and Mike Tyson and Frank Bruno (Las Vegas, Nevada 1989). He represented Eastwood Promotions, Belfast, Ireland in negotiations with Top Rank Inc. for the featherweight championship fight between Barry McGuigan and Steve Cruz (Las Vegas, Nevada, 1987). The above representations included negotiating site fees, international television rights and the boxer’s purses. The Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino retained Mr. Binns to negotiate with Butch Lewis Productions, Inc. for a heavyweight title fight in Atlantic City, New Jersey. He represented heavyweight challenger, Jessie Ferguson when he challenged Riddick Bowe for the heavyweight championship. Mr. Binns negotiated a series of boxing shows with Madison Square Garden on behalf of Resorts International Hotel and Casino.  He has been retained to advise numerous boxing promoters including: Banner Promotions, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Eastwood Promotions, Belfast, Ireland; Momentum Enterprises, New York, New York; National Sporting Club, London, England; Ramacor Boxing, Maracay, Venezuela; Teiken Boxing, Tokyo, Japan, Madison Square Garden, New York, New York; Harrahs Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey; The Trump Plaza, Atlantic City, New Jersey; Resorts International, Atlantic City, New Jersey. Mountaineer Racetrack & Gaming Resort, Chester, West Virginia; Warriors Boxing, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Mr. Binns represented the World Boxing Association (“WBA”) in the following cases:

Claude Noel v. WBA, C.A. No. 81- 968 (D.N.J. 1981) (Brotman, J.); Butch Lewis Productions, Inc. v. WBA et al., C.A. No. 82-1370 (D.N.J. 1982); Dan Duva v. WBA, 714 F.2d 121 (3d Cir. 1983); Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. WBA, C.A. No. 84-411-PMP (D. Nev. 1984) (Pro, J.); Muhammad Ali v. WBA, C.A. No. 84-3778 (D.D.C. 1984) (Penn, J.); Marvin Hagler v.WBA (I), C.A. No. 85-0077-G2 (D. Mass. 1985) (Layton, J.); James Kinchen v. WBA, C.A. No. 85-3979 (D.N.J. 1985) (Fisher, J); Davey Moore v. WBA, C.A. No. 85-7471 (N.Y. Sup.Ct. 1985) (Callahan, J.); Torres v. WBA, C.A. No. 87-0029 (D.P.R. 1987) (Perez, J.); Marvin Hagler v. WBA (II), C.A. No. 87-372-K (D. Mass. Apr. 1, 1987) (denied preliminary injunction), aff’d, C.A. No. 87-1245 (1st Cir. 1987) (Keeton, J.); David Wolf v. WBA, C.A. No. 87-1795 1987 WL 10033 (S.D.N.Y., Jun 21, 1987) No. 87 Civ. 1795 (Keenan, J.); Tim Witherspoon v. WBA, C.A. No. 87-1489 (S.D.N.Y. 1987) (Greisa, J.); Iran Barkley v. WBA, C.A. No. 87-7113 (S.D.N.Y. 1987) (Sprizzo, J.); Lind et  al. v. WBA, C.A. No. 88-653 (D.P.R.1988) (Gierbolini, J.); Department of Recreation and Sports of Puerto Rico, ex rel. Puerto Rico Professional Boxing Commission v. WBA, 942 F.2d 84 (1st Cir. (Puerto Rico), Aug 21, 1991) (Nos. 90-2166, 90-2167, 90-2168); Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. WBA, C.A. No. 88-4366 (S.D.N.Y. 1988) (Keenan, J.); International Boxing Federation v. WBA, C.A. No. 88-2578 (D.N.J. 1988) (Wolin, J.); Evander Holyfield v. WBA , Passaic County, New Jersey Superior Court, 1990 Docket No. C 4790 (Salerno, J.); Don King Productions v. WBA, C.A. No. 90-1203 (S.D.N.Y. 1990) (Sweet, J); Mike Tyson v. WBA, 1991 WL 415 71 (S.D.N.Y. Mar 18, 1991) No. 90 Civ. 8257 (Martin, J.); Evander Holyfield v. WBA et al., Passaic County, New Jersey Superior Court, Docket No. C 189-90, 18T-199 0802 90 LU (Saunders, J.); John David Jackson v. WBA et al., C.A. Passaic County, New Jersey Superior Court, Docket No. C-33-94, (Saunders, J.), C.A. No. 94-2694 (D.N.J. 1994) (Barry, J.); George Foreman et al. v. WBA et al., Clark County, Nevada District Court, Case No.A336385, Dept. XIV, Docket No. T, (1994) (Mosley, J.); Orlin Norris et al. v. WBA et al., Civ. A. No. 97-9824 (E.D. Pa. 1997) (Shapiro, J.); Lopez et al. v. WBA, C.A. No. 98-04680 (D.N.J. 1998) (Lifland, J.); Lennox Lewis et al. v. WBA, C.A. No. 00-0889 (S.D.N.Y. 2000) (Kaplan, J.); James Page v. WBA et al., C.A. No. 00-8716 (S.D.N.Y. 2001) (Pollack, J.); Top Rank et al. v. WBA et al., C.A. No. CV-S-01-0482 (D. Nev. 2001) (Hunt, J.); Team Freedom Promotions, Inc. et al. v. WBA et al., Broward County, Florida Circuit Court, Docket No. 01-016508 CA 07 (2002) (Williams, J.).

Mr. Binns testified before the United States Senate Select Committee on Investigations as part of its probe into corruption in professional boxing. See S. HRG., 102-1013, 102nd Cong., 2nd Sess. (Aug. 11-12, 1992). He also represented the WBA and Sylvester Stallone in those hearings. He testified before the U.S. Commerce Committee during hearings that resulted in the passage of the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act, Pub. L. No. 106-210 (2000); and conducted the largest purse bid in the history of boxing ($34,000,000) for the James “Buster” Douglas / Evander Holyfield title fight. In Drayton v. Petronelli, C.A. No. 84-5166 (E.D. Pa. 1984) (Ditter, J.) the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania appointed Mr. Binns to arbitrate a case which involved the interpretation of managerial contracts.

Other significant cases wherein Mr. Binns has represented sports figures include:

Philadelphia Eagles v. First Pennsylvania Bank et al. C.A. No 78-1499 (E.D. Pa. 1978) (antitrust); World Cup 90 Italy v. Mundicorp & International Sports Consultants, Inc., C.A. No. 90-1043 (E.D. Pa. 1990) (Lanham Act); Petronelli v. Collins & Eastwood, C.A. No. 91-10999T (D. Mass. 1991) (breach of contract); Kushner Promotions v. Momentum Promotions et al., Index No. 92-30878 (S.D.N.Y. 1992) (contract-interference));  Marley v. Shannon Briggs et al., (USDC, S.D.N.Y.), Docket No. 93 CIV 8846 (breach of contract); Mike Tyson v. Don King et al., (USDC, S.D.NY.), Docket No.98 CIV. 1628 (breach of fiduciary duty); ); Fraser et al. v. USA Cycling Development Foundation et al., C.A. 02-09173 (E. D. PA. 2003 (contract); Johnny Tapia et al v. Guilty Boxing, Inc. et al., CV-S-03-0374-JCM-LRL (D.Nev. 2003) (contract); U.S. v. Robert Mitchell, CR-S-01-301-PMP (LRL) (D. Nv. 2001) (sports bribery).

Mr. Binns also negotiated contracts on behalf of the Penske Corporation with the American Broadcasting Corporation (“ABC”).  He represented Bobby Unser and Penske Racing in successfully overturning a United States Automobile Club (“USAC”) ruling thereby reinstating Unser’s victory at the 1981 Indianapolis 500 mile race (“INDY 500”) which enabled Unser to become a “3 time INDY champion” In the Matter of Two Penske Cars Ltd.

Mr. Binns represents Threshold Sports, the premier promoter of competitive bicycle races in America.