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Sports Law

The world of sports has become a world of big business, and it has quickly become a truly global business. The sports industry involves a wide range of legal issues across an ever-changing athletic and legal landscape, which includes rapidly evolving concepts of what constitutes professional sports, together with the emergence of cutting-edge types of sports and sports venues. Each has its own unique set of issues and challenges.

Archer’s sports law team has long-standing experience in the sports sector providing comprehensive services to athletes and players, sports leagues and organizations, owners and operators of sports facilities, as well as college and university sports programs. We have a deep-rooted understanding of sports from both a competitive and business perspective.

As a full-service law firm, we bring a great deal of value to our clients by drawing on our broad-based combined experience in a variety of services areas, including, among others, corporate and transactional, immigration, labor and employment, litigation, real estate, bankruptcy, intellectual property, media and communication, personal injury, civil rights, insurance, nonprofit, estates and trusts, and tax law.  By being able to readily draw upon the resources of the entire firm, we can provide our sports clients with a comprehensive understanding of solutions and opportunities that exist in all aspects of their industry.

Our experience spans the full spectrum of sports industry legal matters, including, but not limited to:

  • Contracts/Agreements
  • Immigration Issues
  • Sports Betting
  • Cannabis
  • Intellectual Property
  • Sponsorship, Naming Rights and Licensing
  • Labor and Employment Issues
  • Crisis Management
  • Litigation/Arbitration/Investigative Matters
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Financing
  • Media-Related Transactions
  • Insurance and Risk Management
  • Internal Governance
  • Not-For-Profit Designations
  • Personal Injury Matters
  • Insurance Matters
  • Tax Matters
  • Regulatory Affairs & Compliance Counseling
  • Criminal Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Reorganizations and Bankruptcy Proceedings

Both laws and administrative regulations play a role in sports law for collegiate athletics. Colleges and universities must comply with a myriad of federal and state laws, as well as governing body regulations when they run college athletics programs. These regulations cover everything from equal opportunities to banned substances, practice schedules and other regulations for the health and safety of athletes. Colleges and universities must understand these laws and regulations and implement them to the satisfaction of law enforcement or sport governing bodies like the NCAA. Organizations that violate laws may find themselves the subject of discipline by enforcement agencies.

Our Sports Law practice related to NCAA and other collegiate and high school associations includes the following areas:

  • Title IX and gender equity issues
  • Title VII and coaches compensation issues
  • Procedural due process issues
  • Drug testing programs
  • Athlete eligibility requirements
  • Collegiate licensing and intellectual property protection
  • Exploitation concerns
  • Employee benefits and tax issues

From innovative technologies and platforms to new regulations and industry players, the sports industry continues to evolve at a rapid pace, which includes the growing popularity of esports, which presents new challenges and legal questions in the sports world. To learn more detailed information about Archer’s unique esports services, please click here for our esports services overview.

Archer’s sports attorneys are dedicated to addressing the unique legal needs of our clients in the sports industry. Our group understands the way the sports industry works, resulting in long-standing relationships with our sports clients.


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