There are a multitude of companies in Florida and elsewhere who provide professional athletes with assistance in maximizing profits through endorsements. When the relationship between an athlete and an agency comes to a sudden end, both sides may have a great deal on the line and each may wish to take steps to protect their interests should the action be deemed unjust. Prime Sports Marketing has recently filed a lawsuit against NBA prospect Zion Williamson, accusing him of breach of contract.
According to reports, Zion initially signed a contract with Prime Sports after declaring his intention to leave Duke University and enter the NBA draft. However, Prime Sports says that in the months after the signing, Zion chose to enlist the services of another agency and sought out ways to end his previous arrangement. After attempts to void the initial contract failed, he reportedly filed a lawsuit accusing Prime Sports of illegally enticing him into signing an agreement.
According to the suit, Zion claimed that the contract he signed with Prime was in violation of the Uniform Athletes Agents Act. This act reportedly prevents athletes from signing an endorsement deal prior to declaring for the NBA draft. However, Prime asserts that Zion had already declared for the draft publicly and the agency is now seeking as much as $100 million in restitution through a breach of contract claim.
With high profile contracts, all parties involved typically have a great deal on the line and the sudden end of such an arrangement could affect each party substantially. Individuals who encounter similar disputes could find it helpful to obtain legal counsel early on for guidance in understanding all their available legal avenues. An attorney in Florida can examine the circumstances a client is facing and assist in developing a strategy to protect his or her interests through the necessary channels.