Recap: TPG Sports Group 2016 Sports Agent School

This weekend I had the opportunity to visit Chicago, Illinois for the first time and attend the 2016 TPG Sports Group Sports Agent School. The conference was 2 days long and covered 6 panel topics. Attendees ranged from undergraduate students to professionals in different industries. The Introduction to Athlete Representation panel

International Basketball Image Rights Contracts: How They Cost Players Tax Money And Why Players Shouldn’t Sign Them

By Charles Bennett, J.D. Image rights contracts increase players’ taxes, and teams can breach them without any liability to the player. Over the last ten or so years many European teams have begun signing players to image rights contracts in addition to the players’ salary contracts. Teams get significant tax advantages

The Unappealable BAT Arbitration Award And Its Effectiveness Under FIBA

The following is a guest contribution from Charles Bennett J.D. Basketball Arbitral Tribunal (“BAT”) awards are essentially unappealable. That, along with the Arbitrator’s ex aequo et bono power, which is already a very subjective standard based on the Arbitrator’s determination of fairness for the parties, has created an almost uninhibited decisional

Regulation Of Sports Agents In Europe May Be Causing More Problems Than It Solves

The following is a guest contribution from Charles Bennett J.D. A recent trend in European Union (“EU”) countries is for individual leagues to enact sports agent regulations. The regulations have caused confusion amongst agents as to their scope and applicability, and have done little to alleviate the issues they were meant

An Introduction To The Basketball Arbitral Tribunal (BAT)

The following is a guest contribution from Charles Bennett J.D. This article discusses the Basketball Arbitral Tribunal––its inception, purpose, and procedures. First, what is the Basketball Arbitral Tribunal (“BAT”) and how did it get its start? The BAT was established by FIBA in 2006 under the name “FIBA Arbitral Tribunal (FAT)”. In accordance

Octagon Basketball Grows Presence In Europe

Global sports and entertainment agency, Octagon, recently announced its expansion in Europe with its Basketball Division. Octagon Basketball’s European headquarters will be based in Athens, Greece. Giorgos Dimitropoulos has been named Senior Director of Octagon Basketball Europe and will be managing player representation across the continent. Before joining Octagon Basketball, Dimitropoulos

Follow up on NBA D-League vs. European Basketball: Why don’t more players go to Europe?

The following article is a guest contribution by Benjamin Haynes, Esq.   Haynes is a former Division 1 Basketball Player at Oral Roberts University and currently practices law in the State of Florida. In this follow up article (click here to read the original article), I interviewed three professional basketball players in order to