Sports and entertainment law is the broad practice of various legal disciplines as applied to athletes, celebrities, and entertainers within the sports, media, and entertainment industries.
Providing guidance and counsel in sports and entertainment law requires vast experience in contract law, commercial litigation, business law, corporate law, employment law, intellectual property, and tort law as well as experience in the following areas:
- Athlete-agent laws
- Salary arbitration
- Contract negotiation
- Crisis management
- Appropriate social media use practices
- Misappropriation issues.
Sports Law Issues
The practice of sports law focuses on a target industry as opposed to being a separate and distinct body of law. The most common issues focusing the sports world are labor issues, contract issues, unfair competition and antitrust issues, and torts.
The most challenging part of sports law is the variety of organizations governing different levels of sports. These organizations include:
- The National Collegiate Atletic Association (NCAA)
- Internation Olympic Committee
- National Labor Relations Board
As each of these organizations have their own distinct set of rules, they all involve a unique set of legal issues. This is why it is so important to have an experienced sports law attorney to assist you in navigating the sports world.
Additionally, recent issues legal issues have emerged in the sports world, including:
- the expansion of the definition of amateurism within the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA®),
- name, imagine, and likeness (NIL) legislation;
- gender pay equality
Entertainment Law Issues
Entertainment law involves various intellectual property questions issues surrounding copyright, trademark, licensing, defamation, privacy, and first amendment issues. Within the arena of intellectual property law you have issues surrounding trademarks, copyright laws, and the right of publicity.
Some of the hottest issues in the entertainment world are:
- The theft of ideas
- Distribution of materials
- Licensing issues
- Copyrights on social media posts
In the entertainment industry it is vital that you draft agreement and protections for yourself and your ideas as early as possible in order to prevent future theft of ideas and work product. Therefore, it is important that you work with an attorney experienced in entertainment law to insure that you are adequately protected.