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Sports Law

What is sports law? Principal areas of Sports Law would include: the regulation of sports associations, sports event marketing and event structuring, player and/or team representation, sports litigation, commercial sports businesses organization and structure.

The Regulation of Sports

The legal areas involved may include the drafting of a sports' association's constitution, its procedural rules and the monitoring and review of such rules. Commercial matters related to the successful running of a sports' club involve corporate legal advice, property related work, employment matters, liaising with the respective governing associations, merchandising of the club's logo and negotiating with the club's sponsors.

Sports Event Marketing

The legal areas include television broadcasting agreements, ownership of the copyright of the broadcast or transmission, game license agreement, sponsorship agreement and consideration of the ticketing rights associated with the event. There are certain parallels between this area of sports law and the broader arena of entertainment law.

Player Entertainment Representation

Such individual needs to be advised in relation to the player's fundamental playing or performance contracts, their management contracts and any commercial contracts which may arise out of that profile. In cases where the income generated is substantial, the player's tax and financial planning must be considered.


The area is broad ranging from enforcement of contractual rights to law suits over injuries, drug testing, restraint of trade, defamation, video piracy and general intellectual property disputes.

Commercial Sports Businesses

This involves legal advice to major sports goods manufacturers and sportspersons contracted to such manufacturers, and any sports related licence.

Entertainment Law

Principals of Entertainment Law would include: the structuring of the "entertainment organization"; regulatory and compliance issues; licensing applications; joint venture agreements; concert and event agreements; licensing contracts; recording agreements; distribution and agency matters; premium and promotion subcontracts; intellectual property issues including piracy and passing off; litigation support; commercial structuring and implementation.

Parties involved in Entertainment Law include:

  • Foreign investors
  • Distributors
  • Production companies
  • Financial institutions in connection with film investments for major Hollywood productions.