Sports Lawyer Salary
The average salary for a Sports Lawyer is $90,000 per year. People in this job generally don't have more than 10 years' experience.
Job Description for Sports Lawyer
A sports lawyer is a specialized attorney who represents professional athletes, teams, and even coaches. While most work with contracts and some even serve as agents for players, not all in this position are actually licensed attorneys/lawyers. Sports lawyers generally help to establish contractual provisions and make recommendations to their clients, and they may also be called upon to represent a player or team in matters of disagreement over an existing contract. They may also serve as the first point of contact for a player or coach who encounters legal difficulties or represent a player's or team's labor interests in the event of sanctioned disciplinary action separate from a court system.Read More...
Much of the work of a sports lawyer focuses on contracts. A lawyer representing a player may be part of a larger firm with multiple agents, in which case he/she reviews contracts, recommends counter-offers, and points out discovery on problematic areas in a submitted proposal. Sports lawyers also review contracts involving sponsorship and third-party offers to ensure that they represent the player or team in the best-possible light while adhering to existing contractual obligations.
Sports lawyers may also represent the interests of teams and owners and assist teams with contractual negotiations with players. They may also help negotiate contractual language on revenue streams such as stadium advertising, naming rights, and broadcast rights.
Generally, a sports lawyer is the first call for an athlete, coach, or team which requires legal assistance in a civil or criminal matter; the lawyer will either take action as a representative or enlist the help of specialists in business or criminal law for assistance. Sports lawyers may also represent their clients in the event that a league or governing body chooses to sanction them (the clients) in order to help reach the best-possible outcomes and/or reductions of penalties in those situations.
A sports lawyer must complete a full law school education, including passing all certification and bar exams in his/her jurisdiction. Most sports lawyers specialize in contract law during school and take dedicated classwork in this area, some of which may focus on the public relations aspect of the job. Most sports lawyers work in offices during regular hours of the week, but the unique needs of the clients they represent may occasionally require irregular hours or weekend-work, as well.
Sports Lawyer Tasks
- Gather evidence to formulate defense or to initiate legal actions; evaluate findings and develop strategies and arguments for presentation of cases.
- Analyze and interpret laws, rulings and regulations with probable case outcomes for individuals and businesses.
- Represent clients in court or before government agencies, present and summarize cases to judges and juries.
- Advise clients in business transactions, claim liablility, advisability of prosecuting or defending lawsuits or legal rights and obligations.
- Select jurors, argue motions, meet with judges and question witnesses during the course of a trial.