BRADENTON, Fla. - Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP announced Tuesday that the firm has hired sports business consultant Rick Horrow.

Horrow, of counsel in sports law and facilities finance and development, is working in the firm's West Palm Beach and Miami offices.

Known as "the sports professor," Horrow has served as lead strategist on more than 100 public finance and infrastructure development transactions totaling more than $13 billion over the past 13 years, according to Frederick R. Nance, who heads up Squire Sanders' national sports and entertainment practice.

"Rick has quarterbacked some of the most prominent sports and public infrastructure projects in the country, such as Miami Arena/Miami Heat and Ford Field in Michigan. He's the leading sports business analyst," Nance said in a statement. "His wide-ranging experience with high-impact development and high-stakes negotiation is a tremendous addition to our work in the sports and entertainment and infrastructure development fields."

Horrow founded the consulting company Horrow Sports Ventures, which is now owned by Omnicom. In 2003, he authored the book "When the Game Is on the Line," which chronicles his experiences in stadium, arena, and speedway projects throughout the U.S. Horrow also serves as sports business analyst for CNN, FOX Business Channel, FOXSports.com, and FOX Sports Radio.

"I'm thrilled to join a global firm that truly understands the market and has participated in the development of key facilities across the country," Horrow said.

The firm said it has assisted private entities and governmental bodies in planning and financing many professional league arenas and training facilities, including the Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns, Florida Panthers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Coyotes and Washington Nationals, as well as tennis centers and motor sports complexes.

Squire, Sanders & Dempsey ranked third in the top 100 bond counsel firms in 2007 working on 275 deals totaling $21.24 billion, according to The Bond Buyer/Thomson Financial 2008 Yearbook.

The firm has more than 850 lawyers in 32 offices and 15 countries.

 

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