Athletes & Sports Professionals

If you’re an athlete or other professional in the sports industry, you push yourself to give your all and be your best every day. In turn, you deserve for those who employ you to give their best as well. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.

The truth is that the professional sports industry can be incredibly rewarding – but also uniquely challenging in ways that other professions might not be. At the same time, a professional sports team, professional athletic association, or other employer that hires and compensates athletes remain subject to the same laws and regulations as any other workplace.

Like all employees, athletes and other sports industry professionals are protected by local, state, and federal employment laws. However, employment law in the sports industry can be particularly complex. As a result, a legal team that knows and understands the intricacies and nuances of the law is essential.


At Outten & Golden, our sports litigation practice provides comprehensive legal services for athletes and sports professionals at all levels. We represent:

  • Professional athletes
  • College athletes
  • Coaches
  • Athletic administrators
  • Managers
  • Agents
  • And a variety of other sports industry professionals. 

Athletes, coaches, and other professionals in the sports industry confront many of the same issues that employees in other industries face, as well as specific challenges and issues specific to the sports industry. As a result, our knowledgeable and experienced sports employment lawyers offer representation on a wide variety of matters.


Professional sports, like all places of employment, must comply with the variety of federal, state, and local laws prohibiting discrimination and harassment in employment, including but not limited to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Equal Pay Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), along with other various laws specific to a particular jurisdiction that may apply.

Given the competitive, performance-based nature of the sports industry, issues of discrimination and harassment can quickly become complicated. All athletes and industry professionals should be compensated fairly and treated lawfully. Unfortunately, the opposite is often true, and in those cases, retaining a legal team that is well-versed in addressing these complex issues is essential.

Other common legal issues that athletes and other sports industry professionals face include:

  • Brand protection
  • Endorsements
  • Appearance contracts
  • Unsafe working conditions
  • Wrongful termination
  • Retaliation
  • Enforcement and infraction investigations
  • Negotiating and enforcing employment contracts
  • Equal opportunity and equal pay disputes
  • Various other causes of action vital to protecting athletes and other sports industry professionals.*

There are, of course, numerous other instances in which athletes might need legal counsel. The sports industry is constantly evolving, and as it does, the issues for which athletes and other professionals need representation are growing ever more complicated.


At Outten & Golden LLP, we are committed to protecting and defending athletes' rights. We have extensive experience in fighting for the rights of sports professionals in many different circumstances, and we’ll always pursue the best legal strategies on your behalf.

If you are a professional athlete and you need legal guidance regarding an employment issue, we’re here to help. Please contact us to discuss your circumstances with a knowledgeable and experienced Outten & Golden attorney.

(*Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.)