Sports is an emerging area of practice in India, both from the business as well as the legal standpoint. Our lawyers, however, have been at the forefront of discharging quality legal advice to this nascent practice area. In an industry which is still finding its direction, challenges emerge, on a day-to-day basis, and clients require handholding even before the structure of the entity is formalized.
On account of our in depth understanding of Governing Bodies, Sports Federations, League Owners, Sports Management companies, Sportspersons, Broadcasters, the specialist dispute resolution mechanism, etc., we have been able to deliver solutions that are legally sound and commercially feasible. Our holistic approach to the sector is rooted in our conceptual understanding of sports and its business ecosystem. Operational on ground assistance with multi-disciplinary approach has been the cornerstone of our body of work in this nascent and ever-evolving sector of Law. In addition to the advisory, our lawyers have a large body of work in terms of developing the legal structure in terms of advising on sports policy, authoring books, articles, and even conducting sports law programmes in educational institutions.
We regularly engage with Sports Federations and commercial rights holders, through the entire lifecycle of a Professional League, which include conceptualization, league structuring, contracts for the league, teams, players, etc., sale of commercial rights and due diligence, setting up and administration of the Governing Council, player auctions, operationalization of the league, and dispute resolution. We are also retained by franchisees in the Indian Super League to advise and provide legal support for issues pertaining to transfer of players, sponsorship agreements, player and coach agreements, negotiations, and dispute resolution, etc.
With India being the second largest smart phone market in the world and gaming becoming more and more popularly, we often advise clients on the legality and functioning of a fantasy sports’ mobile applications, e-sports (games of skill) and betting and lotteries in India (games of chance).
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