Sports Employment Lawyers

Employment Contracts & Claims

Like any other employee, athletes and other sports industry professionals, such as coaches and managers, are afforded certain rights under state and federal laws. However, employment law as it relates to the sports industry is extremely complex. If you are currently facing a contract issue or another employment-related matter, you need an attorney who understands the specific nuances inherent in sports law.

At Potts Law Firm, we have a long track record of representing professional athletes, college athletes, coaches, managers, agents, athletic administrators, and other sports industry professionals at all levels in a wide variety of employment-related matters. From negotiating and enforcing employment contracts to bringing claims for unpaid wages and wrongful termination, our sports employment lawyers are well-versed in the ins and outs of this complex area of law. If you are facing a dispute with an employer, our firm is fully prepared to serve as your legal counsel.

Contact us online or by phone at (888) 420-1299 to request a complimentary and confidential consultation with a member of our team.

Common Issues in Sports Employment Law

Athletes, coaches, and other sports industry professionals face many of the same employment law issues other types of employees in different industries face. They also face certain unique employment challenges specific to the sports industry.

Some of the most common issues in sports employment law include:

  • Equal opportunities
  • Equal pay
  • Unpaid wages
  • Wrongful termination
  • Sports contract disputes
  • Breaches of contract
  • Sexual harassment
  • Discrimination
  • Misclassification
  • Retaliation
  • Unsafe workplaces/conditions
  • Contract negotiation and renegotiation
  • Endorsements
  • Appearance contracts

At Potts Law Firm, we assist clients nationwide in all types of sports employment law cases. Whether your employer wrongfully terminated your employment in breach of your employment contract, or you were the victim of harassment by a coach, manager, or athlete, we can help.

Discrimination in the Sports Industry

Just as discrimination can exist in any workplace, it can arise in both professional and amateur sports settings.

Employment discrimination can take many forms, including:

  • Unfair treatment based on a “protected class”
  • Harassment, including sexual harassment
  • Failure to provide reasonable accommodations
  • Disclosure of confidential genetic or medical information
  • Retaliation for reporting discrimination or participating in legal proceedings involving allegations of discrimination or harassment

Discrimination can happen in all areas of employment, including interviewing, recruiting, hiring, firing, promoting, and everyday employment. Employers in the sports industry may be liable for discrimination, harassment, unfair treatment, and retaliation. If you believe that your rights have been violated, reach out to the Potts Law Firm team today to learn how we can help.

What Are the Protected Classes?

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 bans unfair treatment of any individual based on one of the following protected characteristics:

  • Race
  • Color
  • Religion
  • National origin
  • Sex, including pregnancy

Additional federal and state protections prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, age, and more. Certain laws also protect employees—including those in the sports industry—from unfair treatment due to union activity.

Who Is Protected?

All employees—including all types of professional and amateur sports industry employees—are protected from discrimination in the workplace by state and federal laws.

This includes but is not limited to:

  • Professional athletes
  • College athletes
  • Olympic athletes
  • Professional coaches
  • College coaches
  • Olympic coaches
  • Managers
  • Agents
  • Athletic directors
  • Athletic administrators
  • Trainers
  • Exercise physiologists
  • Kinesiologists
  • Physical therapists
  • Officiators

Antidiscrimination laws also extend to venue and facility operators, marketing managers, and others who work in or adjacent to the sports industry.

Why Hire the Sports Employment Team at Potts Law Firm?

When you are engaged in an employment dispute, you need a legal team you can trust to protect your best interests. Potts Law Firm is that team. We have extensive experience in the world of sports law and understand the many unique challenges our clients face. Our attorneys have the resources, knowledge, and skill to handle a wide range of sports employment law matters, including contract negotiations, renegotiations, employment agreements, disputes, discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, and more.

When you hire Potts Law Firm, you get:

  • An experienced and dedicated legal team
  • Personal attention and service
  • Consistent communication and case updates
  • Innovative legal solutions

Our award-winning team has earned national recognition and a prominent reputation for success. We are known and respected within the legal community, and we always prioritize our clients’ best interests. When you call us for help with your sports employment issue, you can trust that we will move swiftly on your case.

Our team is ready to assist you with your legal matter today; call (888) 420-1299 or contact us online to request a free and confidential consultation.

When to Seek Legal Assistance for a Sports Employment Law Matter

If you believe your rights have been violated by an employer, or if you have been subjected to unlawful discrimination or harassment, it is very important that you reach out to an attorney as soon as possible. You have the right to take legal action against any employer who fails to uphold your rights, and the team at Potts Law Firm can help.

We represent professional, collegiate, and amateur athletes in a wide range of sports employment-related matters. Whether you have suffered unfair treatment, were denied just pay, or sustained significant financial loss due to a breach of contract, our sports employment lawyers are prepared to advocate for you. Our team will handle every detail of your case, all while providing clear and consistent communication throughout the process.


If you are unsure if you have a case, don’t hesitate to call us today for a free consultation. Our team of experienced attorneys are ready to review your claim and fight for you.


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