Sports law has been characterised as a sector of law which is not only rising and growing, but also intertwines with several areas of law such as tort, contract, and even constitutional law. It can be considered as a combination of laws that are applicable to athletes, considering the nature of the sports they are engaged in. However, when it comes to sports law, several factors are taken into consideration, such as the status of the athlete.
Legal consultants who advise or represent athletes, have a significant role when it comes to negotiating contracts for the professional athlete they represent. Legal consultants that represent athletes should be skilled and qualified in the fundamentals of contracts, whilst they should also be aware of their clients’ market value in comparison with their colleagues in the same field.
Ostensibly, a sports contract has indeed a very private and exceptional nature, which leads to the decision of the employers and sponsors to ask for an exclusive arrangement. For example, a sponsor might have a contract with an athlete, which states that he/she must wear or use a brand’s products in every appearance. If the athlete involved in the contract fails to do so accordingly, the sponsor will have the right to terminate the contract.
The most essential and fundamental contract of an athlete is the employment contract, and, undeniably, it is the one that raises the most concerns. The contract between the athlete and the employer controls and regulates the rights and responsibilities of both parties. These contracts can reflect the power of the parties involved. A typical athlete's contract is in writing and includes all of his/her constitutional rights and privileges.
If this strict frame of laws that controls the athlete’s conduct, along with several bodies that supervise or manage athletes hadn’t existed, sports would probably be disordered, creating a widespread feeling of confusion and misperception which would have a negative impact on the field of sports law. Fortunately, the status and reputation of sports law has never been better. Sports law successfully protects the legal rights of athletes, something which is evident by the fact that athletes are given the same opportunities to get involved and engaged in the area of sports they are interested in.
Furthermore, sports law prohibits any kind of discrimination that might occur because of factors such as personal beliefs, preferences, race etc. Equality is evident in sports, as every athlete that has the required skills, knowledge, and capability to perform is given the same, equal opportunities. However, what makes this employment area very difficult to be a part of, is the limited number of athletes a team needs. Thus, the procedure of hiring players must be reasonable. This kind of equality emerges from the kind of rules and regulations that exist under sports law.
Our legal consultants are experienced in advising and providing, amongst others, the following legal services to athletes and teams:
- Contract preparation
- Negotiation of the contract
- Manager services
- Representation before the Cyprus Courts and Authorities