The University of Oregon Ducks aren't the only team that uses speed and laser focus to get the job done. Owen Blank and his colleagues at Tonkon Torp applied their experience in sports, entertainment and real estate law to help client SportsOne with a fast track joint venture to create an elaborate entertainment village and weeklong festival for fans attending the BCS National Championship on January 10, 2011.
In October 2010, the Scottsdale Convention and Visitors Bureau awarded the opportunity to Beaverton-based special events company SportsOne and its joint venture partner, Phoenix-based M Culinary. Their concept was to transform a barren, 3.5 acre lot into an entertainment village with a replica football field and end zone areas for live stage acts, food, beverages, spa services and fan games.
Tonkon Torp helped SportsOne structure and secure critical legal agreements for the fast track project, including a joint venture agreement between SportsOne and M Culinary, a real estate agreement with the land owner and an event agreement with the convention bureau.
About winning the deal and bringing it to fruition in such a short timeframe, SportsOne president and founder, Jim Etzel, was quoted in The Oregonian saying, "We're very collaborative and we're reactive...We're able to jump on potential opportunities pretty quick and bring it to life."
The same can be said of Tonkon Torp.