Counselling in Polish sports law

Sport is an important area for most of us. Whether it is ourselves enjoying sports in a variety of disciplines or attending sporting events as spectators or watching transmission of sporting events on television. On the subject of sports, everyone has an opinion. This applies particularly to the sports in which the player changing clubs or transfer of top athletes, as well as the dismissal and the recommitment of coaches are widely represented in the media.

Sport and its legal framework

Both national and international provisions provide the necessary legal framework for individual and team sports at its different levels. Sports clubs and federations on the one hand and athletes on the other hand are confronted more than ever with sports-related legal questions from the areas of association law, labor law, company law, general civil law and administrative law, taking into account the European legal influences at the same time. This applies in the same way to other participants of sporting events such as sponsors, sports consultants, suppliers, marketers, sports officials and of course the media.

Both the professional sport and the mass sport are not bound by national borders. This also applies in particular to Polish sport. The number of top foreign athletes in Polish sports associations has not yet reached the levels, such as in Germany, France or Italy. However, in recent years, we have seen a noticeable increase in contracting of foreign athletes and coaches by Polish sports clubs in certain disciplines. This applies i.e. to cycling, volleyball or even handball.

Essential national provisions of sports law arise in Poland from following legal acts:

  • Act of 25th June 2010 on sports,
  • Act of 20th March 2009 on safety at major events,
  • Labor Law of 26th June 1974,
  • Civil Code of 23rd April 1964,
  • Association Law of 7th April 1989.

Furthermore, a variety of legal regulations must be observed, passed as implementing ordinances by the Ministry of Sports, Labor and Health to the acts mentioned above.

Our counselling service in the area of Polish sports law

Our attorneys are pleased to assist you with the following consulting services:

  • Consulting and assisting in negotiations between athletes, coaches and sports clubs,
  • Establishment of civil contracts and labor contracts for the cooperation of athletes, coaches and sports clubs,
  • Counselling and assisting in negotiations at international transfers and Club changes,
  • Consulting in the field of association law (statutes and internal rules),
  • Consulting in negotiations of sponsorship contracts and equipment agreements,
  • Establishment of sponsors and equipment contracts,
  • Counselling in the field of transfer agreements of sports rights,
  • Consulting in preparation and realization of sporting events on different levels,
  • Counselling and assisting in negotiations for the conclusion of event contracts in the field of sport events,
  • Consulting and legal representation in proceedings in doping matters,
  • Representation of sports clubs and athletes before arbitral tribunals and ordinary courts, as well as administrative courts in Poland,
  • Consulting in the field of protection of personality rights and representation in the violation of personal rights.

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