Ballard Spahr advised BBS Capital in the acquisition of Arizona United Soccer Club, a professional soccer team and member of the United Soccer League (USL).

BBS Capital, a Phoenix-based investment group, is led by Berke Bakay, the CEO of Kona Grill. Investors in the group include Mark Detmer, the Managing Director of JLL; Tim Riester, the Founder and CEO of RIESTER Advertising; Dave Stearns, the Co-Founder and CEO of Connect Wireless; Jim Scussel, the Co-Founder of Four Peaks Brewing Company; Richard Hauser, the President and owner of Capital Real Estate, Inc.; and Brandon McCarthy, a pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Arizona United SC is Arizona's only professional soccer franchise.

Ballard Spahr represented BBS Capital in all aspects of the sale. The firm's team was headed by Business and Finance Partner Travis J. Leach along with Associates Laura C. Brooks and Lauren E. McKeon. Mr. Leach is co-leader of the firm's Sports practice. He counsels professional sports organizations, athletes, and coaches in contract and licensing negotiations and other business ventures.