The career of a professional athlete is relatively short. As a result it is vital for every athlete to negotiate contracts that reflect market value. JFA provides complex market analysis, comprehensive statistical research and strategic and tactical solutions to assist agents and players in contract negotiations.
Salary arbitration is one of the most important rights for professional athletes. For many players it represents the first time they will have their salaries determined against the backdrop of a marketplace. To help players take full advantage of this valuable opportunity JFA closely examines the player’s performance and develops creative and effective ways to present the player’s case before an experienced panel of arbitrators.
Agent Fee Disputes
Far too often the player-agent relationship breaks down and a dispute arises over fees. Increasingly, fee disputes also arise between rival agents. JFA is adept at handling both types of disputes on behalf of players and agents, whether it involves negotiating a settlement or taking the case to arbitration.
The leading North American professional team sports are governed by collective bargaining agreements negotiated under principles of labor law. With over 20 years of labor relations experience, JFA has advised organizations such as the MLBPA, NHLPA, and scores of independent sports agencies in their dealings with league officials and team front office personnel on a variety of hot topics and complex labor issues.
Negotiating lucrative player contracts requires a detailed understanding of the player contract market. Clubs utilize a variety of statisticians and other experts for this purpose. Players are wise to do the same. JFA provides its clients with thorough market analyses to help players and agents understand the relevant market and thus maximize the player’s bargaining position.
Terms in a player’s contract, the CBA or other agreements set forth important rights and obligations for both players and clubs. Enforcing these terms is vital for players and for the agents who represent them. JFA helps ensure that the terms of a deal are understood by the player and his representative and are honored by all parties to the agreement.
Contract disputes in professional sports are an inevitable part of the business. Whether these disputes arise under the individual player’s contract, the collective bargaining agreement or other agreements, JFA brings a wealth of grievance arbitration experience to help resolve such matters through settlement or through litigation of the matter before a neutral arbitrator.
Marketing and Endorsements
Marketing deals provide valuable off-the-field income for players and other sports figures. JFA assists its clients in securing such deals, particularly in the emerging world of digital marketing, which includes monetizing websites, social media and other digital platforms. We are also focused on 360 integrated solutions to offer our clients the best opportunities to maximize exposure.