Sports Law

Sports Law

The attorneys at Mag Mile Law have represented a variety of sports entities and figures, including a soccer association, soccer club, hockey association, hockey club, sports helmet manufacturer, baseball association, and national fitness chain. We have even represented a Designated Player for a MLS club and a player for the Chicago Cubs in closing real estate transactions. We have expertise in negotiating the terms of contracts, drafting contracts and litigating disputes over contract terms in courts of law.

In addition, Mag Mile Law can also represent soccer players on and off the field as a soccer agent (what FIFA now calls an “Intermediary”) through its Partner, Mario Iveljic. Mario was a soccer player himself, having played for highly respected clubs in the Chicagoland area before becoming a 3-year starter for the Yale University men’s soccer team. He then continued his soccer career by playing semi-professionally while practicing law at the same time. Mario has played with and against soccer players who played in World Cups, the UEFA Champions League, and in domestic and foreign leagues. Mario is a registered Intermediary with U.S. Soccer and has developed an extensive network of soccer contacts in the United States and Europe that can assist in the placement of soccer players with clubs both domestically and abroad. Each soccer client works directly with Mario, whose focus is maximizing his clients' earnings potential on and off the field while also preparing them for life after soccer.

If you would like to get in touch with Mag Mile Law to learn more about how we can help with your sports law issue, are an athlete who needs an attorney to review a contract, or would like us to represent you as a soccer intermediary, please send an email to info@magmilelaw.com.

SPORTS LAW NEWS AND BLOG

MAY 18, 2022. U.S. SOCCER FEDERATION AND PLAYERS UNIONS FOR U.S. MEN AND WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAMS AGREE TO COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENTS WITH EQUAL PAY.

After a well-publicized lawsuit and drawn out negotiations over equal pay between U.S. Soccer and the U.S. Women's National Team, it was announced that the parties, along with the U.S. Men's National Team Players Association, agreed to separate collective bargaining agreements that are identical in working conditions and financial components, including appearance fees and game bonuses, prize money, commercial revenue share and more. The Women's and Men's National Teams will pool and share FIFA World Cup Prize money, with 90% of the prize money being paid equally to the Women and Men's National Teams and the remaining 10% going to U.S. Soccer for the 2022 and 2023 World Cups. Both National Teams will have identifical performanced-based bonuses for all games and competitions. The Women's National Team will no longer have guaranteed salaries and will instead have the same pay-to-play structure as the Men's National Team. For instance, a player named to the roster for a match against an opponent ranked in the FIFA top 25 will receive an $8,000 appearance fee and a $10,000 game bonus if they win that match. 

The agreements represent the first time that any soccer federation has achieved true equal pay, including FIFA World Cup prize money.

For more information about this historic achievement, click here. To contact us about our sports law practice, call (708) 576-1624 or email mario@magmilelaw.com

MAY 17, 2022. MLS RELEASES 2022 SALARY GUIDE.

Major League Soccer recently released its 2022 Salary Guide, which contains salary information for all MLS players under contract as of April 15, 2022. The salaries are broken down into two numbers: (1) annualized base salary and (2) annualized average guaranteed compensation (all signing and guaranteed bonuses annualized over the term of the player's contract, including option years). Couple observations about the numbers:

The low base salary is $65,500, and the low guaranteed compensation is $76,333.

The high base salary is $7,350,000 and the high guaranteed compensation is $8,153,000 - both for Xherdan Shaqiri of the Chicago Fire. Javier "Chicarito" Hernandez follows close behind with $6,000,000 base salary and $6,000,000  guaranteed compensation.

New England Revolution and Atlanta United each have 2 of the highest paid players in MLS: Carles Gil and Jozy Altidore of NE Revolution, and Luiz Araujo and Josef Martinez of Atlanta United.

Midfielders and forwards occupy the top 19 slots for top player salaries. Carlos Salcedo from Toronto FC is the highest paid defender.

For a complete copy of the salary guide, click here. To contact us about our sports law practice, call (708) 576-1624 or email mario@magmilelaw.com

APRIL 5, 2022. IVELJIC SIGNS ON TO REPRESENT PROFESSIONAL SOCCER PLAYER NICKY DOWNS AS SOCCER AGENT.

Mag Mile Law Partner and soccer intermediary (agent) Mario Iveljic recently reached an agreement with professional soccer player Nicky Downs to represent him as his soccer agent. Downs is currently in his second season with USL Championship side Loudon United FC. Last season (2021) he was one of the team's most consistent performers, making 31 appearances and achieving 1879 minutes on the field.

His professional career started in 2019 joining USLC side Hartford Athletic. Over two seasons he made 37 appearances, across all competitions.

Before turning professional, Downs played for Yale University from 2015 to 2018, where he scored 9 goals and 15 assists in 65 appearances. 

Iveljic spoke about his delight of working with Downs - “Nicky is an intelligent, hardworking, box-to-box midfielder that has quickly established himself as a top center midfielder in the USL Championship. I have been impressed with his dedication and his desire to improve as a player. I am excited to be a part of his soccer journey.”

The USL (United Soccer League) is one of the most successful professional soccer leagues in the world, reaching a population of more than 84 million and fueling the growth of the game across North America. More than half of the U.S. National Team's 26 man squad for the final three World Cup qualifying matches for Qatar 2022 were alumni of the USL, including Manchester City’s Zack Steffen, RB Leipzig’s Tyler Adams, FC Augsburg's Ricardo Pepi and Venezia FC's Gianluca Busio.

Follow Nicky and Loudoun United here.

MARCH 25, 2022. NEW YORK COURT REFUSES TO ENTER PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION PREVENTING SPORTS AGENCY FROM HIRING AGENT FROM RIVAL AGENCY.

Recently, Excel Sports Management filed a lawsuit in New York Supreme Court against Klutch Sports Group and a former employee who joined the rival agency, seeking a restraining order, preventing him from working for the rival agency for the duration of his non-compete agreement. At issue was an eight month non-compete agreement Excel claims its former agent had agreed to that prevents him from working for the agency’s primary competitors, including Klutch. Excel asked the judge for injunctive relief, saying the move harms Excel’s business interests and likely will harm its goodwill with brand partner relationships. However, the judge refused to issue a court order preventing Klutch from hiring Excel's former agent. The judge stated that noncompete agreements "should only be enforced to prevent direct client poaching," and further finding that the "extraordinary remedy" of a preliminary injunction is "not warranted given the facts at hand."

If you have an issue with a non-compete agreement, contact one of our attorneys at (708) 576-1624 or info@magmilelaw.com

FEBRUARY 22, 2022. U.S. SOCCER AND WOMEN SOCCER SETTLE EQUAL PAY LAWSUIT.

Players from the U.S. women's national team have settled their class action equal pay lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation for a total of $24 million, the two sides announced in a court filing. In settling the suit, the players will receive a lump sum payment of $22 million. U.S. Soccer will also pay an additional $2 million into an account to benefit the USWNT players in their post-career goals and charitable efforts related to women's and girls' soccer. The settlement is contingent on a new collective bargaining agreement being ratified by the players on the USWNT. Once this takes place, final approval of the settlement by the District Court will be scheduled. According to a statement from the players, "This will fully resolve the litigation." The lawsuit was initially filed in March of 2019, and the portion of the lawsuit for equal pay was actually dismissed by the court in May of 2020, although the players timely appealed that decision. In the end, although the players did not receive the $66.7 million in back pay that they initially sked for, the players received a considerable amount of money and raised awareness for equal pay in soccer and other women's sports.

For more info about our sports law practice, contact one of our attorneys at info@magmilelaw.com or (708) 576-1624.