Two boxing gloves with a contract arbitrator standing between themWhen you’re facing anti-doping allegations, arbitration is mandatory for dispute resolution. In a commercial contract, however, you have the ability to choose how you want to resolve a dispute: arbitration or litigation.

3 Key Benefits of Arbitration

If you’re in the process of negotiating a sponsorship agreement, endorsement contract, or another type of commercial contract, there are three key reasons why arbitration is the preferred choice over litigation.

  1. Arbitration protects your privacy. As a public figure, you can avoid having the details of your case be public. Arbitration lets you handle a dispute privately and keeps the details of the case away from the media.
  2. Arbitration provides certainty of outcome. When the other party is located in a different state—or even a different country—jurisdiction issues can complicate the dispute resolution process. Determining in advance which laws will apply to arbitration lets you know what to expect.
  3. Arbitration helps you reach a quicker resolution. As an athlete, you understand that time is money. Every day that passes without a resolution to your dispute results in missed opportunities and takes your focus away from excelling in your chosen sport. A dispute litigated in court can take years to resolve. Arbitration will result in a much quicker decision.

Protect Yourself by Hiring a Sports Law Attorney to Review Your Proposed Contract

Nobody anticipates having a contract dispute, but it’s vital that you understand how any potential disputes will be handled before you sign on the dotted line. Having a sports attorney review the proposed contract can help you avoid potential misunderstandings and ensure that you will be treated fairly if a dispute does arise.

Courts are likely to find arbitration clauses in sports contracts are enforceable. Your attorney can create a clause that is most likely to withstand any potential challenges and provide you with the best possible way to resolve any potential dispute.

Why You Need an Attorney to Represent You in Arbitration

If you’re currently in the middle of a breach of contract dispute, you aren’t required to obtain legal representation. However, the other party will almost certainly have lawyers at their disposal. To protect your interests throughout the process, you need a lawyer who understands what rules are in place and can help you avoid making statements that might inadvertently hurt your case.

Another key advantage of retaining a lawyer experienced in sports arbitration is that you’ll no longer have to handle all communication with the other side’s attorney. All case updates will be handled by your lawyer—giving you more time to focus on your athletic performance.

Do You Need to Speak With an Experienced Sports Law Attorney?

At Global Sports Advocates, attorneys Paul Greene and Matthew Kaiser have represented athletes from over 50 countries spanning nearly every sports category. Our firm is devoted solely to the practice of sports law and is well-equipped to handle any contract disputes you may have.  Contact us online or call us directly at +1-207-747-5899 to schedule a free consultation.

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