last.chance wrote: pinkcamellia wrote:
last.chance wrote:http://www.law.fsu.edu/academic_programs/jointdegree/JD_sportsmanagement.pdf <---someone asked abt Sports Law.
I hate to sound ignorant, but what exactly would one do in Sports Law?
Sports agent or front office jobs in professional sports organization would be the goal.
You do not want to go to law school and focus on sports law. Plain and simple, it is a waste of time and money, and it will not help one bit at getting you a job in sports. If you are looking at the agent route, then you would want to get a clear understanding of the following areas: corporate law, tax law, employment law, intellectual properties, negotiations and contracts, these areas of law will benefit your client the most. If you are looking at the front office route, then you would focus mainly on tax, employment and corporate law, these are the areas of law that would be most beneficial to an organization/business. Either route you choose to go, sports law is not the answer for your studies, as these courses focus heavily on collective bargaining agreements that will most likely be outdated by the time you reach the level of employment where you would be referring to these cba's (such as negotiating a contract for a client as an agent or dealing with an injury/payment dispute in a front office position).
The sports industry is never going to be about what you know, it is always going to be about who you know. One can possess a vast amount of knowledge in sports law, but it will never help you get a job. Therefore, it is pointless to focus your studies in law school on sports law. If you want to work in the sports industry you should focus on making networking connections and getting an internship within the industry to get your foot in the door. Focus on one of the areas of law I mentioned above that will be beneficial to your employer, keeping in mind that your employer is an athlete wanting you to manage their finances and negotiate their contract or an owner of a business. Many people forget that first and foremost, the sports industry is a business, just like any other industry. While sports law will play a part in the duties these employers require, it is going to be an extremely small part, and the majority of the work will revolve around general business aspects.
This is just my advice, take it with a grain of salt, I am a 0L as well. Many current law students may dispute what I have said about it being pointless to focus your studies on sports law if this is the field of law in which you wish to work. However, I am speaking only from my own experiences in the sports industry, not experiences in law school. I have interned with an NFL agency for a year (a well-known agency representing over 50 NFL athletes) and I am the president of the sports marketing association at my undergrad university. I may not know much about the law aspect yet, but I do know about this industry and what it takes to make it. If you have any questions about agencies or other sports industry related questions, feel free to shoot me a PM. Sports is my passion, and I am always down to talk about it.