Matt Weingast ’10 will be working at the Madison Square Garden (MSG) Company this summer, as the sole Summer Legal Associate, supporting 18 attorneys.
Currently enrolled in Georgetown University’s Law School, Weingast will mainly be engaged in work coming from the MSG Sports division, which represents the New York Knicks, New York Rangers, and New York Liberty. In addition, he will be involved in MSG Entertainment, which operates venues such as MSG, Radio City Music Hall in New York and The Forum in Los Angeles, as well as in MSG Media, which manages the MSG and Fuse cable networks.
“This summer position in the MSG Sports group will provide me the opportunity to work on both the team side and the operations side,” said Weingast. “Team side assignments deal with player contracts and potential labor disputes, while assignments for the operations side focus upon revenue generating opportunities, including team and venue partnerships, sponsorship deals, and intellectual property issues. I look forward to gaining substantive experience that will benefit my effort to achieve my professional goals and combine my passions for sport and law.”
In the midst of pursuing his undergraduate degree in Economics and Sport Management at Rice, Weingast also worked with several professional sports teams in Houston.
“While interning for the Houston Aeros, I gained valuable experience working on grassroots marketing efforts,” said Weingast. “That work enabled me to attain the Risk Management Intern position with the Houston Astros in 2008, which affirmed my desire to work in the sports industry. During my time as the President's Intern for the Houston Texans in 2009 and 2010, this desire was solidified, as was my aim to work in a legal capacity in sport.”
Upon graduation from Rice University, Weingast spent two years at the New York office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in the firm’s Intellectual Property Litigation practice before pursuing his J.D. His portfolio of experiences in the sport and legal industries eventually landed him the opportunity to work at MSG.
Looking ahead, Weingast expects his summer to be a tremendous learning experience and one where he “will continue to establish industry connections”.
Dylan Mah, a junior from Singapore, is an exchange student from Nanyang Technological University and is majoring in Sport Science & Management and minoring in Entrepreneurship.