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The increasing economic importance of sports in recent years has resulted in increased legalization of the field. This means that the need for legal advice has significantly increased for sports clubs and for corporations involved in the operations of professional leagues and individual athletes.
From a sports law perspective, this primarily relates to professional athlete contracts, transfer agreements or the imposition of sanctions by governing bodies in the event of a breach of the body’s rules. From an economic standpoint, sponsoring agreements, merchandising contracts and other contracts related to marketing rights are of primary importance.
In all of these areas, we advise both sports clubs and individual athletes and represent them both before the courts as well as judicial panel within the governing bodies themselves (e.g. UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body or the UEFA Appeals Body) as well as the international Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne.
However, our advisory and representation services are not limited to classic sports law issues, but rather also include all fields that surround staging professional sporting events and the management of a sports club with a professional sports division. For example, we advise our clients when renting or letting a stadium and other sports venue, when creating stadium house rules and Standard Business Terms for tickets, issues related to security and catering contracts, structuring articles of association and conducting membership meetings.
In addition, our partner Dr. Stefan Bäune has been a member of the Supervisory Committee of the German Football Association (DFB) since 2010.