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Contracts play a significant role in any athlete’s career, and, not just employment agreements. Successful athletes will be offered endorsement and sponsorship deals that must be considered carefully and handled in a way that protects the player. Lawyers in Dickinson Wright’s Entertainment, Sports, and Media group have years of experience negotiating and drafting contracts for leading professional athletes. We understand how to protect their rights and interests, both now and in the future. Working side-by-side with our clients, we offer trusted, experienced guidance through the entire process.
Dickinson Wright has negotiated with teams in many major U.S. leagues, as well as with recognized brands, sponsors, and advertisers. We view every deal through a wide-angle lens that considers the impact on an athlete’s entire career and not just what’s on the table at the moment. We look beyond compensation to protecting a client’s valuable name and trademarks, particularly concerning domain names, websites, social media, and other online uses, both now and as technology evolves.
• Negotiating and drafting athlete agreements
• Negotiating and drafting sponsorship, endorsement, and personal appearance deals
• Renegotiating existing contracts
• Managing copyright and trademark agreements