Sports Law

Darren A. Heitner, Esq. wrote the book on Sports Law titled, How To Play The Game: What Every Sports Attorney Needs To Know.  He is regularly asked to opine about Sports Law-related matters on television, online and in newspapers.  He is a regular contributor to FORBES’ SportsMoney beat, where he oftentimes writes about Sports Law matters.  Further, he created the sports agent themed Sports Agent Blog in 2005, formed his own sports agency in 2007 (which he voluntarily dissolved in 2011), consults for university athletic departments, taught Sport Agency Management at Indiana University Bloomington for three years and now teaches at the University of Florida and University of Florida Levin College of Law.

Darren is one of the great legal minds in the sports & entertainment community. If there was such a thing as hitting for the cycle in law, Darren has done it. Darren is an accomplished legal scholar, litigator, and transactional attorney. I highly recommend this attorney. – Martin Fischman, Attorney and NFL Agent

It takes an experienced, knowledgeable and well-versed practitioner to be able to handle the wide array of Sports Law matters that may exist.  We not only take on lawsuits in this realm, but also dedicate a large chunk of our practice to transacational matters, which include drafting, revising and negotiating of performance and endorsement contracts, promissory notes, appearance deals, autograph signings, life rights grants, etc.

Litigation in the world of sports also varies from the typical practice of law.  The vast majority of disputes are governed by mandatory arbitration proceedings, oftentimes required pursuant to regulations created by players’ associations or collective bargaining agreements.  We are well versed with all of the major players’ associations regulations governing agents, collective bargaining agreements entered into between players and owners, and nuances in the laws that affect athletes, agents, and other professionals in the sports industry.

Clients represented in this area include sports agents, professional football players, professional hockey players, professional basketball players, professional hockey players, professional boxers, BMX athletes, Supercross athletes, a college football player against the NCAA, managers, businesses, publicists, a former NBA referee, and a popular magazine.

Those clients include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Arron Afflalo
  • Alex Avila
  • Andrew Wiggins
  • Anthony Davis (NFL)
  • Aroldis Chapman
  • Atari Bigby
  • Athlete Originals
  • Big Health
  • Bill Raftery
  • Cleodis Floyd
  • Cole Seely
  • David Sugarman
  • Draymond Green
  • Dyron Dye
  • Ed Barham
  • Ervin Santana
  • Euro Motorsport
  • Evander Kane
  • Evlution Nutrition
  • FanHold
  • FanJam
  • FanMouth
  • First Round Management
  • Fourth Quarter Sports Group
  • Greg Hardy
  • Hot Shot Sports Management
  • J.J. Hickson
  • Jack Johnson
  • Jason Belmonte
  • Jason Mercier
  • Jon “Bones” Jones
  • Jumaine Jones
  • LeGarrette Blount
  • Luis Castillo
  • Luther Davis
  • Marc Lillibridge
  • Mark Recchi
  • Mario Manningham
  • Matt Ramker
  • MGT Capital Investments
  • Miami Sports Consulting
  • Mike Silverman
  • Mike Spinner
  • Morgan Advisory Group
  • Moves Media
  • Official Brands
  • Panda eSports
  • PJ Hairston
  • Quincy Acy
  • Rafael Furcal
  • Rashad Butler
  • Richard Goodman
  • Rosenhaus Sports Representation
  • Shane McElrath
  • Sportsmanias
  • STARS Sports Training
  • Sure Sports Lending
  • Terrell Owens
  • Tim Donaghy
  • Tyler Faoro
  • Vinny Milano (“Bald Vinny”)
  • Wilin Rosario
  • Yuandale Evans

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