Sports law can often be viewed as the application of other areas of law to the world of both amateur and professional sports.
Sports law often involves labor, antitrust, contract and tort law. Entertainment or media law similarly involves a myriad of legal disciplines applied to the entertainment industry. Entertainment law frequently involves intellectual property law and defamation, first amendment and right of publicity issues. It can also involve labor and employment law, corporate finance, bankruptcy, insurance, and many other areas of law.
Law students are often able to gain exposure to this world by working for a sports team or for the in-house legal department of a media company. But following graduation, they often begin their careers developing expertise in one of the substantive areas of law mentioned above before becoming a “sports lawyer” or an “entertainment lawyer.”
- Variety Magazine’s Top Dealmakers Report
- American Bar Association, Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries
- National Public Radio
- Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts
- National Labor Relations Board
- Chambers Top-ranked Sports law firms
- Chambers Top-ranked Media & Entertainment law firms