New York (1999)
Osgoode Hall Law School
Wilfrid Laurier University (BBA)
Stuart Goldfarb is an accomplished business and legal professional with more than 20 years of experience representing and advising clients, with a particular focus on those in the sports, media and entertainment industries. Stuart has practiced with the global law firms Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, and Dorsey & Whitney LLP (as Partner and Chair of the Sports Practice Group).
Stuart has additionally led legal and business affairs for Pelé, working with the soccer legend and humanitarian, and is currently serving as General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer of Electronic Gaming Federation, Inc., an esports company organizing and operating the definitive collegiate and scholastic (high school) esports leagues in the United States.
Stuart has represented regulatory bodies, leagues and teams across several sports, having developed a particular expertise in domestic and international football (soccer). Stuart’s clients in soccer have included the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the sport’s world governing body, and CONCACAF, the governing body for the region comprising North and Central America and the Caribbean, and he has engaged extensively with the United States Soccer Federation and Major League Soccer. Stuart was a key player in the founding of the relaunched North American Soccer League in 2009, which led to a reshaping of the soccer pyramid in the United States. Stuart has additionally advised the near 100 team National Premier Soccer League (the fourth division league in the United States) as outside General Counsel.
Stuart has also represented professional sports teams in the United States and internationally, as well as European leagues and teams in connection with their business activities in the United States. Stuart’s practice additionally includes the representation of buyers and sellers of teams, and technology, marketing, sponsorship, media rights and other businesses (at various stages of development) engaged in the sports marketplace.
Stuart advises clients on all aspects of business, including corporate (acquisitions/dispositions, financings, restructurings and general corporate), intellectual property (trademark, licensing, media rights), regulatory, employment and litigation matters.
Stuart resides in Summit, New Jersey with his wife Marci and their two boys, Dylan (age 16) and Drew (age 14). He spends much of his free time watching his boys on the ice and the pitch, as they are avid hockey and soccer players.
Mixer’s Shuttering and Lessons for the Future of Streaming
At the end of June, Microsoft announced the closure of its esports streaming service, Mixer. Since Microsoft’s acquisition and rebranding of Beam in 2016, Mixer had a polarizing and brief existence. Despite a technologically impressive service and a community of dedicated streamers and viewers, Mixer’s viewership numbers never put more than a modest dent in