Sports law includes a variety of legal issues including contracts, personal injury, labor law and antitrust laws. Sports law is often divided into three divisions: amateur, professional and international sports. 500law attorneys can draft and negotiate contracts for amateur and professional athletes; contracts between athletes and businesses; represent coaches, referees and officials; represent athletic administrators; educational institutions; sports broadcasters; sports equipment manufacturers; sports medicine care providers; businesses that sponsor athletic events or athletes; we are well versed in arbitration and can represent clients in any arbitration dispute. 500law’s entertainment and sports industry attorneys have rare experience litigating, policing, enforcing, defending, consulting, advising and licensing rights of publicity (athlete/celebrity name and likeness rights, or “NIL” rights as they are commonly called). This is particularly relevant now that the NCAA has recently opened the doors to college athletes monetizing their NIL rights through endorsements, celebrity appearance and licensing. This includes pursuing and defending claims for injunctions and monetary damages awards for reasonable royalties, punitive damages and/or disgorgement of the profits of those who use athletes’ or other celebrities’ names, images or other likenesses without consent.
500law’s sports industry clients have included basketball legends Larry Bird and Magic Johnson, Hulk Hogan, Evel Knievel, Robert Smith (NFL), bodybuilder Ronnie Coleman, Extreme Sports TV and All Pro Sports Camps just to name a few.