Sports Law is an expanding area of the law, encompassing a wide variety of legal issues. As a professional sports person the process of contract negotiations can be an incredibly daunting task, especially when dealing with large national and multinational media and marketing companies.
Farleys’ sports lawyers regularly advise sports people on entering into contracts and are experienced in helping sports people get the most out of any sponsorship or marketing deal. In addition, we can explain to you in plain English the implications of entering into a particular deal, which may limit other opportunities that become available to you.
For professional legal advice from our sports law solicitor, call 0333 331 4986 or alternatively, you can contact us by email and we will respond to you as soon as possible.
Why obtain legal advice on sports contracts?
Obtaining professional legal advice prior to entering into a contract ensures that your interests are fully protected and you can maximise on the earning potential of any agreements. If you do not, you run the risk of flimiting your earning potential – both in the short term and in terms of future earnings.
Many sports contracts contain specific conditions that may limit what you can and cannot do in the future. Increasingly, contracts of this nature are being entered into without the full understanding of the individual involved. We have acted in several cases where this has been the case and individuals found themselves being sued for breach of contract having unwittingly broken the terms of an agreement. This can be extremely stressful and expensive and as such, obtaining comprehensive advice so you have a full understanding from the outset is vital.
At Farleys, we have a team of lawyers who are up to date with the latest legal developments in this area and possess an unrivalled commercial awareness. We have considerable experience in advising individuals, clubs, agents and media companies on the maximisation of image and naming rights through expertly drafted contracts and agreements. We have recently provided expert advice to high profile sporting individuals including Premier League footballers and Olympic athletes on the protection of their intellectual property rights. Specific issues that our expert solicitors are able to advise you on include the following:
- Image rights agreement
- Agreements for appearances by players
- Presenter’s agreement
- Columnist’s agreement
- Sponsorship agreement
- Endorsement and merchandising agreements
- Player transfer agreements
- Agency agreements
- Brand rights
- Agreements with broadcasters, event managers and promoters
- Anti-doping rules and regulations