The Sports Law Group offers a wide range of legal services to athletes, coaches, agents, marketing representatives, schools, sports businesses, administrators, teams, and leagues. These services are provided by highly regarded attorneys featured by sports outlets nationwide with notable experience across both the transactional and litigation arenas.
Sports Deals. The stakes are high in sports deals and we take great pride in the results we deliver. With the help of our robust network of sports-specific contacts, we help ensure that our clients maximize their value on any industry deal they choose to enter. Our experienced team negotiates, drafts and reviews deal terms for a variety of sports contracts including: player contracts, coaching contracts, agency contracts, representation agreements, equity agreements, speaking engagements, public appearance deals, sponsorship deals, NFTs, influencer deals, media deals, and NIL deals. Additionally, we offer services in Trust & Estates, Tax, and Real Estate for those clients that can benefit from sports specific counsel in those disciplines given the unique issues that arise in the space. We pride ourselves on helping to ensure that the agreements we draft and negotiate for our sports clients are clear and unambiguous and devoid of the kinds of predatory provisions which unfortunately have trapped many athletes who were not properly represented.
Sports Intellectual Property. When it comes to IP, we handle a wide variety of matters involving both copyrights and trademarks before the United States Copyright Office and United States Patent and Trademark Office. We assist our clients with registering their unique trademarks, growing and developing the recognition of their marks and branding, and ensuring trademarks are protected against trademark infringement, dilution, or counterfeiting. Our attorneys advise clients regarding what is copyrightable and how to protect those rights through registration and enforcement under copyright law. In the area of licensing, we regularly represent our clients in negotiating complex agreements and represent both licensors and licensees across a wide spectrum of businesses. This representation includes structuring the business deal (and in a manner that is the most tax advantageous for our clients), negotiating the financial and business terms, and drafting the deal documents.
Sports Litigation. No client of our firm is in the business of litigation. However, when litigation is unavoidable, we recognize that the litigation process can be utilized to position our client for an advantageous resolution of a contentious dispute, whether through settlement, verdict or the tactical use of alternative dispute resolution measures. We utilize sports-specific leverage points to best position our clients We bring a vast knowledge of sports-specific precedent and a well-deserved reputation as both aggressive adversaries and skillful negotiators. We regularly represent clients before state and federal trial and appellate courts, administrative hearings and arbitration panels. We also have experience representing Major League Baseball players in their salary arbitrations against their teams under the MLB Collective Bargaining Agreement as well as National Football League players in filing grievances against their teams under the NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Our clients call us to handle a wide variety of matters knowing that our team is ready, willing, and able to jump in – and add unique value – to any matter at the intersection of Sports & Law. We understand the difficulty in working in and around the sports space and are committed to maintaining strict confidentiality when it comes to our clients’ endeavors but we have the platform to bring tremendous attention to an issue if and when it benefits our client’s position.