Sports law is an amalgam of laws that apply to athletes and the sports they play. Sports law overlaps substantially with labour law, contract law, competition or antitrust law, and tort law. Issues like defamation and privacy rights are also integral aspects of sports law. This area of law was established as a separate and important entity only a few decades ago, coinciding with the rise of players and agents and increased media scrutiny of sports law topics.
There can be only a few number of times that people have seen this branch of law to come up in the news. But just like the other branches of law, it is as important.
Sports Law Disputes
Every area in the world, there are sports attorney firms that take care of the athletes, entertainers, and other people or organizations in the entertainment industry with regard to their rights. Being in the entertainment industry is a risky business that one cannot simply face the legal matters and affairs alone. There can be discrepancies and questionable clauses in a contract and you need an attorney’s eye to spot those holes that can be used against you in the future or right when you have signed the papers.
The performances or the things that an athlete or entertainer are expected to do are negotiated by the sports lawyers. This is in accordance with what is agreed upon and what is fair for both parties.
The terms of employment are also reviewed by sports lawyers before athletes and entertainers sign on the agreement or contract. This will ensure that the length of stay, the scope of job, standard compensation, any other specific things with regard to the work, etc. are all fairly stipulated, agreed upon, and understood by both parties.
Any requirements that are needed by athletes and entertainers can be ensured by the lawyers to be prepared in order for them to go forward with the contract. Sports lawyers are expected to understand every single detail with regard to the legal matters at hand.
The usual disputes that arise from this branch of law is related to the labour law. There can be a breach of contract when any party decides to go over the limit stated on the contract about the length of stay, performances, disciplinary procedures, terms of employment, etc.
Even though this is just one branch of law, like any other areas, lawyers should always be well-versed with other branches of law, such as criminal law. This is because there circumstances that athletes or performers are associated with illegal things. On another lighter note, athletes or performers may start endorsing products. This will require the lawyers to assist them in ensuring that their rights are covered.
There can also be issues that can arise in supporting a product, a political person or party, or movement that are known in the world. Not weighing the pros and cons of doing so will ensure the downward spiral movement of their career. Therefore, sports lawyers are also advising when it comes to these things.
Sports Law Services
HHS Lawyers & Legal Consultants is a sports law firm in Dubai that offers advices on constitutional regulatory issues including the drafting and interpretation of regulation in relation to sports and governing bodies, including disciplinary tribunals and appeals. Our clients include sports governing bodies, clubs, professional sports men and women, and amateur sporting organizations, institutions, and individuals. We participate in and provide legal advice in relation to disciplinary and regulatory tribunals for professional and amateur sports. Our lawyers have experience in several areas of the sports law, and they have long practice, deep understanding of contract, labour, tort, intellectual property law, and anti-trust. Our lawyers are ready to provide business and legal solution to coaches on a wide array of issues including negotiating of contracts and employment matters and career management.
For more than 10 years, we have been providing sports law services to individuals that are in the entertainment industry or related to that. As one of the leading sport attorney firms in the UAE, we have enough resources and extensive experience for us to aid you in any way possible with regard to your dilemma or issues that need to be dealt with.
The services that we offer are in a wide array, which include but not limited to the following: