Sports Litigation

As with any business, disputes arise in professional sports. These can be disagreements over player and coach contracts, licensing and merchandising rights, and all manner of corporate issues. For more than 25 years, lawyers in the Dickinson Wright Entertainment, Sports and Media group have handled the full range of litigation matters that arise in professional sports. We bring this unique depth of experience to bear on behalf of our clients, serving as trusted advocates in protecting and defending their interests.

We have worked with nearly every professional sport worldwide and are certified as player/agents by the MLB Players’ Association, the National Hockey League Players’ Association, and the Professional Hockey League Players’ association, among others. Known globally as a go-to firm for sports litigation, our clients include star athletes, winning coaches, major league teams, agents, management firms, and on-air broadcasters. The firm has handled matters involving the unauthorized use of an athlete’s name and likeness, breach of contract, defamation, insurance, personal injury defense, and more.

Our work in this area includes:

• Representing professional coaches, managers and athletes, sports management firms, player agents, on-air media personalities, sports teams and leagues, sporting facilities, training academies, sports insurers, equipment manufacturers and sports publications.
• Handling a wide variety of sports litigation matters, including contract disputes, employment, intellectual property, defamation, insurance, personal injury, and more.
• Offering a full range of litigation services, from initial case assessment through to trial.
• Mediation, arbitration, and other alternative dispute resolution services.