Sports Law is a rapidly growing practice area for The Potts Law Firm. Athletes, coaches and managers all use sports lawyers to represent their interests from contract negotiation to injury and defamation suits. At The Potts Law Firm, we have the experience to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of your sports-related legal issues.
Sports Employment Law
Careers of professional athletes are typically short-lived. Receiving immediate legal and financial counsel is crucial to optimize your sporting career. At The Potts Law Firm, our sports attorneys are equipped to offer expert legal advice to athletes and sports administrators on negotiating and finalizing employment contract agreements. In the occurrence of a dispute between an athlete and an employer, we can serve as your legal counsel.
Sports Contract Law
Sports contracts are similar to those in everyday life – they are legally binding agreements between two or more parties. Failing to perform any term of a contract, written or oral, without a legitimate legal excuse is a breach of that contract. This may include not completing a job, not paying in full or on time, failure to deliver all the goods, substituting inferior or significantly different goods, not providing a bond when required, being late without excuse, or any act which shows the party will not complete the work (“anticipatory breach”). Breach of contract is one of the most common causes of law suits for damages and/or court-ordered “specific performance” of the contract.
Some common sports-related contracts include:
- Professional Services Contracts
- Endorsement Contracts
- Appearance Contracts
Sports Personal Injury
As with many gratifying things in life, playing sports come with certain physical risks; vigorous exercise and repetition of strenuous movements is bound to lead to some injuries. Most of these injuries, however, can be avoided with proper care and caution. Some cases involving sports injuries can be considered acts of negligent or reckless behavior by coaches, organizations, staff members or even players. Sports administrators are required to provide proper, well-maintained equipment and hold each players safety as one of their primary concerns. When careless acts or intentional disregard for the safety of others instigates a sports-related injury, there may be ground for legal action.
Some common sports-related injuries include:
- Brain Injuries/Concussions
- Broken Bones/Fractures
- Joint Injuries
- Spinal Injuries
- Neck/Back Injuries