Sports Law

Brody Wilkinson’s Business Group provides legal services to professional athletes, coaches, teams and other individuals and organizations involved with sports. The firm’s attorneys are uniquely experienced in handling the wide range of legal issues that arise in the rapidly emerging business of sports.

The firm serves as general counsel to professional athletes and professional and amateur teams and organizations handling all legal matters, including licensing, product endorsement and sponsorship agreements, name and intellectual property protection and portfolio management (in conjunction with specialized counsel), charitable foundation organization and operation, and contract and employment matters. The firm advises and counsels high school and collegiate athletes and their families in connection with recruiting, transfer, eligibility, and NCAA issues and also provides a full range of legal services to coaches, including contract drafting, negotiation and employment issues. In addition, the firm represents a variety of businesses and organizations involved in sports and athletics. In all matters, clients benefit from our knowledge of the sports business and its unique legal issues.

Representative matters include:

Representation as general counsel to professional golfers.

Representation of a purchaser in the acquisition and operation of a regional youth premier soccer program.

Representation of a lacrosse equipment company in negotiating a contract with an athlete endorser.

Representation of an aspiring professional golfer in connection with an investment opportunity to finance the athlete’s training.

Representation of a college basketball coach in connection with an employment issue.

Representation as general counsel for a minor league professional hockey team.

Representation of a professional soccer team fan club in negotiating a licensing agreement between team and fan club.

Representation of a Connecticut-based health club in connection with the preparation of contractual documents, including a membership agreement and liability waiver.

Representation of a high school student-athlete in an appeal to the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC).

Representation of a Major League Baseball player’s charitable foundation in connection with trademark applications.

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