The Florida Bar

Sports Law

December 13, 2022

Sports law covers both professional and amateur sports. An attorney who practices this area of law typically provides legal services such as contract negotiation, agent representation, labor law, merchandising, and licensing. This is a broad practice area encompassing both state and federal laws across several legal disciplines, including:

  • Copyright: A person’s exclusive right to reproduce, publish, or sell his or her original work of authorship.
  • Agent: A person or entity authorized to act on behalf of and under the control of another in dealing with third parties.
  • Licensing: The sale of a license permitting the use of patents, trademarks, or other technology to another.
  • Contract: An agreement between two or more parties that creates in each party a duty to do or not do something and a right to performance of the other’s duty or a remedy for the breach of the other’s duty.

Any party to a contract or production involving athletes may need the counsel or advice of a sports attorney. Agents representing actors or professional athletes often are licensed attorneys.

Changes may occur in this area of law. The information provided is brought to you as a public service, and is intended to help you better understand the law in general. It is not intended to be legal advice regarding your particular problem or substitute for the advice of a lawyer.