Sports Law

Employment law in sports

The careers of athletes, trainers and other sportsmen and sportswomen are generally short-lived. Ensuring that they make the right legal and economic decisions during their sports careers calls for sound advice. Our long-standing experience in the sports industry equips us to offer proficient, expert advice on negotiating and concluding employment contracts – for athletes and employers alike. Moreover we also advise on issues concerning eligibility to participate in sporting events.
In the event of a dispute between an employer and an employee, or between a sportsman/sportswoman and their federation/association, we can serve as an advisor and as counsel.

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Notable cases
  • Advising Xabi Alonso on the occasion of his transfer to FC Bayern Munich
  • Advising Radomir Antic on terminating his employment contract with a Chinese club
  • Advising the former national trainer of the German men’s national volleyball team in respect of the termination of his employment contract by the German Volleyball Association
  • Advising ProAthlete B.V. and Edson Braafheid on whether it was admissible under employment law to establish a “Training Group 2” at the club TSG 1899 Hoffenheim