At BMDW Advocaten, we have extensive experience in advising and representing a varied range of clients in sports–related legal matters, including:

  • Athletes;
  • Clubs;
  • Sport intermediaries/agents;
  • Coaches/staff;
  • Professional leagues;
  • Event/tournament organizers;
  • Federations; and
  • Other rights holders.

Areas of Expertise

While there is no specific understanding of what exactly sports law entails, we provide expertise in a diverse array of fields which comprise sports law. This includes providing legal capacities in the following domains:

Dispute Resolution in Sport

At BMDW Advocaten, our experience in dispute resolution cases allows us to provide our clients with exceptional services and representation for the prevention and resolve of disputes at high–profile sport institutions, such as the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and FIFA Players’ Status Committee and Dispute Resolution Chamber. We provide expertise not only in sport arbitration, but also in mediation and civil proceedings at the national level in various countries.

Labour Law Towards Sport

Labour law in sport occupies a particularly distinctive domain, as it requires an understanding of the complex regulatory framework encapsulating professional sports in both a national and an international context. Thus, we take a scrupulous approach to understanding, applying and advising on labour law. This subsequently includes service offerings such as:

  • Concluding employment contracts;
  • Representation in litigation proceedings involving employment contract disputes; and
  • Legal advice on third–party ownership and UEFA Financial Fair Play compliance.

General Contract Law

We provide legal advice and services in the initiation, negotiation, drafting, and review of contracts, which includes, but is not limited to:

  • Contract negotiation for individual athletes, clubs and between clubs;
  • Training compensation and solidarity contribution; and
  • Transfer and representation agreements.

Intellectual Property Rights

At BMDW Advocaten, we provide the necessary legal capacities to assist our clients in all matters encompassing protection of intellectual property. Thus, we offer services in:

  • Consultation and structuring of image rights for professional athletes, including service agreements and sponsorships;
  • Image protection for clubs; and
  • IP protection of sports’ rights holders, with special consideration for governing bodies, clubs, athletes, federations and event–organizing bodies.

Privacy

While privacy might not seem the most evident area of sports law, the EU’s enforcement of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will constitute sweeping changes to individuals’ digital privacy. This legislation will heavily impact the relation between companies and individuals and will induce new issues regarding the boundaries of data collection and usage. This measure will particularly affect the online presence of the gaming industry, where eSports companies must consider the data protection of their clienteles. We provide legal advice and competencies on privacy issues relevant to eSports in regards to governmental regulations on data protection and privacy.