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June 2012 


Brody Wilkinson PC is pleased to introduce the first edition of our periodic newsletter covering various legal issues in the field of amateur, collegiate and professional sports. This edition focuses on issues involving college coaches and their contracts.


We hope that you enjoy the content and find it informative. Please feel free to contact Dan Fitzgerald with questions and comments. 


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Camps Bring Additional Income, Legal Issues for College Coaches


It's the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen. -John Wooden


The popularity of sports camps continues to rise across the American sports landscape. These camps can be mutually beneficial to coaches and athletes. For athletes, camps often bring superior instruction and exposure to the coaches at the next level of play. For coaches, camps offer an opportunity to earn extra income during the offseason and perhaps more importantly, coach prospective players and assess their skills.


The increased emphasis on specialization in youth sports and the economic incentive to receive athletic scholarships have undoubtedly contributed to the proliferation of summer sports camps at colleges and universities. Another factor of this growth is that camps also offer coaches the opportunity to supplement their salaries and the salaries of their assistant coaches.


The structure of camps can vary widely. One of the most common, and most lucrative, arrangements allows the coach to own, operate and receive all profits from the camp. The school provides the facilities and often some equipment for a specified fee. Ownership of the camp allows the coach to build brand equity, which may last beyond his or her tenure at the school. Significantly, ownership also allows the coach to control every aspect of the operation, from hiring coaches to entering agreements with local vendors. The camp essentially becomes a separate business venture for the coach. As with any business, there are legal issues to consider. The following are some primary legal issues for coaches involved in running a sports camp.


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How Colleges Can Keep the Coaching Stars of March Madness

Seemingly each year a mid-major exceeds expectations and plays deep into the NCAA tournament. This year, Ohio University, a thirteen seed, advanced to the Sweet Sixteen. The first round also offered a number of upsets, as Lehigh, VCU, and Norfolk State defeated Duke, Wichita State and Missouri respectively. The coaches for these schools often become hot prospects - recent examples include Butler's Brad Stevens and VCU's Shaka Smart.

Considering the virtual free agency that exists in college coaching, schools must consider whether they have taken measures to retain their up and coming coaches. A good place to start is with the coaching contracts. Smaller schools may always have less bargaining power than their larger brethren, but they still have legal rights. Here are three suggestions to enhance those rights:

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Brody Wilkinson PC's
Sports Law Practice

Brody Wilkinson provides legal services to professional athletes, coaches, teams and other individuals and organizations involved with sports. The firm's attorneys are uniquely experienced in handling the wide range of legal issues that arise in the rapidly emerging business of sports.


The firm serves as general counsel to professional athletes and professional and amateur teams and organizations handling all legal matters, including licensing, product endorsement and sponsorship agreements, name and intellectual property protection and portfolio management (in conjunction with specialized counsel), charitable foundation organization and operation, and contract and employment matters.


The firm advises and counsels high school and collegiate athletes and their families in connection with recruiting, transfer, eligibility, and NCAA issues and also provides a full range of legal services to coaches, including contract drafting, negotiation and employment issues. In addition, the firm represents a variety of businesses and organizations involved in sports and athletics. In all matters, clients benefit from our knowledge of the sports business and its unique legal issues.

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In This Issue
Camps Bring Coaches Additional Income, Legal Issues
How Colleges Can Keep the Coaching Stars of March Madness
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About the Author
DANIEL B. FITZGERALD is an associate of Brody Wilkinson PC and a member of the firm's Business and Litigation Groups. His practice is focused in the areas of sports law, litigation and business law.

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