Charles M. Greenberg
Charles M. Greenberg is a partner in the Pittsburgh office of Pepper Hamilton LLP.
He is head of Pepper's sports practice and a past member of the firm's Executive Committee.
Mr. Greenberg is an experienced business lawyer who concentrates his practice in the areas of sports and entertainment, emerging companies and business counseling.
The following matters are representative of his
Stadium Negotiations for Pittsburgh PenguinsIn
2007, Mr. Greenberg
led the firm's representation of the Pittsburgh Penguins
in complex negotiations with the city, Allegheny County and the state government that resulted in the agreement to construct a new $290 million arena, which assured the Penguins of the opportunity to stay in the city and remain a viable franchise for decades to come.
also has assisted the Penguins with a wide range of other corporate, finance, employment, real estate and other matters for many years.
Sale of Salem AvalancheMr.
represented the ownership group of the Salem Avalanche
, the Class A affiliate of the Houston Astros in the Carolina League
, in the 2007 sale of the franchise to Fenway Sports Group
, a wholly owned subsidiary of New England Sports Ventures, which owns the Boston Red Sox and Fenway Park.
Purchase of State College Spikes and Myrtle Beach PelicansMr.
Greenberg led the investor groups that in 2006 acquired the New Jersey Cardinals, a minor league affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals in the New York Penn League (subsequently relocated to State College, Pennsylvania and renamed the State College Spikes); and the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, the single A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves in the Carolina League.
Mr. Greenberg also is president and managing partner of both clubs, overseeing all operations.
In leading the Spikes, Mr. Greenberg
worked closely with Penn State University
on the financing, construction and operating agreement for Medlar Field at Lubrano Park in State College, which is home to the Spikes and Penn State's NCAA baseball program.
The unique relationship between the Spikes and the university has become a model in the industry for facilities shared by a major university and a professional sports franchise.
Purchase of Fort Wayne WizardsMr
represented the investor group that in 2006 purchased the Fort Wayne Wizards, the Class A affiliate of the San Diego Padres in the Midwest League
The same investor group also owned the Salem Avalanche
until its 2007 sale to Fenway Sports Group
Purchase of Altoona CurveIn April 2002, Mr. Greenberg led a group of investors in purchasing the Altoona Curve, the Class AA affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Mr. Greenberg is president and managing partner of the Curve.
He oversees all of the club's business operations and leads the franchise's group of investors, which includes Pittsburgh Penguins owner Mario Lemieux and former Steelers star running back Jerome "The Bus" Bettis.
The club has become one of the most well-respected in the country, including earning Minor League Baseball's
John H. Johnson President's Trophy for overall excellence in 2006 and numerous other awards, as well as greatly increasing fan attendance.
Purchase of Florida PanthersMr
represented a group of South Florida business leaders, led by entrepreneur Alan Cohen, in its 2001 acquisition of the Florida Panthers NHL franchise.
represented the deal team led by Mario Lemieux
that purchased the Pittsburgh Penguins
NHL franchise out of bankruptcy in 1999.
has overseen corporate reorganizations; led senior management search teams; negotiated employment agreements for coaches and other front office executives; negotiated credit facilities; successfully renegotiated arena leases; testified before a Governor's Sports Facilities Task Force (Pennsylvania); analyzed merits of a renovation program vs. a new arena; conceived and overseen a successful arena renovation program; and negotiated with public officials the public funding of renovations.
has been featured in numerous articles and has made frequent television and radio appearances concerning the business and economics of sports, particularly regarding sports franchises and facilities.
In 2008, he was elected to the Minor League Baseball Board of Trustees, which has exclusive power to determine policies and enact rules and regulations for Minor League Baseball.
Mr. Greenberg also was named to the Sports Business Research Advisory Board at Penn State University, representing team owners in the work of the Center for Sports Business Research, which focuses on the development of first-rate academic and applied empirical research in the sports industry, while helping to define educational opportunities for students looking to start careers in sports business.
e is a member of the National Sports Lawyers Association
, and the American, Pennsylvania
and Allegheny County Bar Associations
He also serves on the board of directors of the Mario Lemieux Foundation and is on the executive committee of the Mario Lemieux Celebrity Golf Invitational.
Charles M. Greenberg