Course Description



Sports Law recommended but not required.

LE =20

Text/Casebook Professor Peter A. Carfana, fomer Chief Legal Officer at IMG/Visiting Professor at Harvard Law since 2006, “Negotiating and Drafting Sports Venue Agreements.” $34.

This course focuses on the drafting and negotiation of certain sports law transaction documents. Examples of documents to be discussed in the course are Representation contracts (including merchandising/endorsement income, rights to publicity, conflicts of interest, and suitability, trial period, escape and morals clauses); suite license agreements;  sponsorship agreements, naming rights agreements, sports team acquisition agreements and media rights agreements. This course is intended to be "hands-on" with all students having the opportunity to experience being a "sports law attorney" at a law firm or corporate/sports team legal setting.  There will be three independent writing assignments which will require the students to draft transaction documents based on forms from sports transactions. Students will become familiar with sports negotiation terminology, how to prepare for and conduct negotiations, and understand what to do if a negotiation fails. The final assignment will be a group assignment consisting of negotiating and finalizing a sports transaction document. There will also be periodic negotiation sessions to foster establishing relationships of trust, identifying mutually agreeable and beneficial solutions to some of the intractable contract points, knowing when to make concessions, and negotiating for the long-term. Grading shall be based upon class participation (quality not quantity), attendance, written drafting assignments, and the final negotiation/drafting assignment.