Sports Law image

Sports Law

White & Case's sports lawyers provide information and perspectives that keep pace with the rapid change in the sector, wherever our clients need it.

3 min read

Table of Contents

Sports Publications

The world of sports is changing at a rapid pace. Sports federations, athletes, event organizers, sponsors, and broadcasters are constantly seeking to balance sports and commercial interests in a complex international legal environment. New markets are opening, the world of media rights is shifting, and stadiums are transforming to offer interactive experiences. White & Case’s sports lawyers are involved in landmark disputes affecting the industry at the Court of Arbitration for Sport and the European Court of Justice and have advised sports industry clients on a wide array of issues involving competition and employment law, Swiss law, media and intellectual property law as well as corruption and white collar crime investigations. Our Geneva office provides a foothold in Switzerland, the home of most international sports federations and the seat of the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Clients benefit from our in-depth knowledge of Swiss law and experience of handling arbitrations in Switzerland.

As developments give rise to new legal and regulatory challenges, White & Case’s sports lawyers provide information and perspectives that keep pace with these changes, wherever our clients need it. This page will be updated as events unfold, and we encourage you to visit often. We welcome any questions about the topics covered here.


Advising clients around the world

White & Case has served as outside counsel for both domestic and international sports federations, teams and individual athletes across a number of sports, including Formula 1, Football, Basketball, Rugby, Sailing, American Football, Ice Hockey and Baseball.

Our sports lawyers counsel sports industry clients with respect to dispute resolution, branding programs, endorsement agreements, employment agreements, real estate ventures, tax counseling and estate planning. We have also successfully represented sports clients in a broad range of contentious and transactional matters, including:

  • Arbitration Proceedings;
  • Broadcasting Disputes;
  • Commercial Litigation;
  • Disciplinary Hearings;
  • Advertising Deals;
  • Retail License Agreements;
  • Employment Contract Negotiations;
  • Drafting Association Constitutions;
  • Joint Ventures and Acquisitions;
  • Sponsorship Agreements;
  • Stadium and other Real Estate matters;
  • Television and New Media Rights and Broadcast Agreements; and
  • Trademark and Copyright Disputes.


Sports Publications


AG opinion sides with UEFA in the Super League case

Financial Fairness, Formula-1 and Football

White & Case advises CVC Capital Partners on €1.5 billion equity investment in French professional football league's new commercial subsidiary


The Supreme Court's NCAA Decision and Its Implications for Antitrust Law

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) adds White & Case partner Jasper Wauters to the list of CAS arbitrators as 2020 sees a new record number of cases

Politics at the Court of Arbitration for Sport – the case of the Iranian Judo Federation


EU General Court delivers ruling on the application of EU competition law to sports authorization rules and upholds the role of the Court of Arbitration for Sport

German Monopolies Commission calls for level competitive playing field in sports sector

On Your Skates! Lessons for Sports Governing Bodies and Event Organisers from the European Commission's ISU Decision

COVID-19 and Cancellations of Sports Events: A Story of Force Majeure and the Search for Compensation

The FIFA reform package on football agents: ready for regulation or looking for litigation?

CAS Sun Yang v Wada


This publication is provided for your convenience and does not constitute legal advice. This publication is protected by copyright.
© 2021 White & Case LLP