While the term “sports law” invokes images of basketball superstars, this field actually relates to a wide variety of clients who need legal services that actually require knowledge of several areas of law. Yigal Arnon & Co. has vast experience in representation of many different players in this field. Our Sports Group includes partners and lawyers from different legal disciplines, such as commercial law, intellectual property, labor law, litigation and arbitration. Our clients include club owners and purchasers, players, coaches, athletes and officials, sports federations, local and foreign equipment manufacturers, sports channels and broadcast rights holders, sports-related hi-tech companies (video and smart cameras, management and registration of leagues and teams, digital and online advertising and marketing, fan engagement, injury prevention, performance enhancement, medical equipment, smart stadium, gaming and e-sports).
We serve as legal advisors to various sports teams, associations and clubs, helping them with the contractual and managerial aspects, including board and NPO meetings, drafting and compliance with bylaws, disciplinary rules and regulatory compliance. The firm consults athletes, coaches and other officials, and assists them in negotiating agreements with the largest sports teams in Israel.
The firm represents buyers and sellers of sports teams, investors in sporting ventures and funds, parties in negotiations and permit procedures vis-à-vis the relevant associations and against budget controls.
The firm helps in drafting and execution of player and coach contracts and sponsorship and marketing agreements, and in managing claims and arbitrations under the auspices of the Israel Football Association and the Israel Basketball Association. Our lawyers also have vast experience representing TV sports channels on various legal matters, including litigation, class actions and purchase of broadcasting rights. Some of our partners serve in senior positions in the Sports Committees of the Israel Bar Association.