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In the current sporting world, Mediation is quickly becoming a popular way to resolve disputes and disagreements. There are several reasons for this, including the increase in confidentiality, a focus on a fair outcome, a non-biased mediator, and a quick, future-focused resolution.
So, how does the mediation process work?
- Both parties work together with a mediator to come to a fair decision that benefits both of them
- The parties involved stay in control of the process, which allows for compromises outside of a formally imposed solution
- The process is completely confidential, meaning nothing is made public at any time
- Typically, mediation is a lot quicker than a drawn-out court case, which is especially beneficial for short sporting seasons and careers
- Mediation is a more cost-effective solution that other options like litigation
- Mediation can be done online, making it simple in regard to travel and additional associated travel costs
- Mediation encourages an ongoing, future relationship, instead of ending in a harsh, final result
While mediation first became popular in the business world, it is now becoming more and more popular when it comes to sports, for the reasons listed above (and much more).
Not only that, but in the world of commercial court, mediation is now often included as a requirement in contracts, making it easier than ever to resolve problems in a swift, private, and mutually beneficial way.
That said, it is very important to make sure that you choose a mediator who specializes in sports disputes. Business disputes, or family disputes are typically handled very differently from those in the sporting world.
Additionally, something that could cause great harm to an athlete’s career, might seem insignificant to someone without the proper understanding of the sport, or the industry in general.
As such, it is critical to ensure you consider someone who not only knows the law, but also has a good working knowledge of the sporting industry at hand and specializes in these kinds if disputes.
Additionally, make it clear to those involved that if no mediation is resolved, the legal and professional costs to take an issue to court can b extreme, and career-damaging. This encourages a quick and respectful solution in the shortest amount of time, which is the most beneficial solution for everyone involved.
One a resolution is reached, consider making a formal or public statement about the resolution, to clear up any speculation, and remove any doubt about the fairness of the final conclusion.
Interested in learning more about the sports mediation process?
The team of legal mediation experts at SRDMS are here to help guide you through the mediation process and reach the best possible outcome for all parties. You can do it 100% online or opt to use a managed service where the SRDMS personnel do everything for you, from start to finish.
Want to know more, or enquire about your sporting dispute? Simply fill out the form on the contact page and they’ll be in touch.