If you’re a college athlete, you probably have a lot on your plate: performing well in your sport, maintaining a good GPA, participating in promotional opportunities, preparing for your future athletic career, and much more. As a result, you may be tempted not to dedicate as much time to contract review in sports as is necessary.
However, athletic contracts can be highly complex, and not fully understanding your contract could cause you to agree to something you have no intention of upholding. As a result, before you sign an athletic contract, you should enlist a qualified lawyer to review the agreement and explain the fine print.
At Coach NIL, our team has over 12 years of experience reviewing contracts across several practice areas. We’re well-versed in the complex language, fine details, and ambiguous terms standard in athletic contracts. We also know the contractual clauses and language athletes tend to overlook, allowing us to provide tailored assistance for our clients.
Why Hire A Contract Review Lawyer?
Many athletes assume that they can turn to their athletic department or university employees for assistance with contract reviews. While your university may be able to help you review a contract in some instances, hiring a lawyer can be more beneficial.
Here are a few reasons why seeking a lawyer’s assistance with contract review is essential:
- Lawyers can provide a third-party perspective: While your university may be able to benefit from your contracts, lawyers do not have anything to gain from your NIL opportunities and other legal agreements. As a result, you can trust a lawyer to provide unbiased, outsider advice in your best interest.
- Lawyers have extensive knowledge of contractual language: Lawyers know how to interpret and translate contracts into language you can understand.
- Lawyers can provide legal guidance: University athletic departments cannot provide legal services to their students. While your university may be able to help you understand a contract, it cannot give you sound legal advice like a lawyer can.
Overall, working with a qualified NIL lawyer is essential to fully understanding a contract before signing it.