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MIAMI HEAT 2
I have always been interested in investigating the way law works in sports world,
especially when it comes to contacts. I notice that contracts are what make players do their best
in the field, since their rights are served and protected. Contracts between the players and the
teams are not only to protect both sides, but to address their responsibilities, as well. One of the
most known and successful basketball teams that have grabbed my attention is the Miami Heat.
This team has so many successes throughout the years. The way they are organized among their
peer teams makes it clear that the Miami Heat has something unique about the way they do their
business. In regards to my interest, I have contacted three different lawyers who work as sports
agents. I kept my search limited to the state of Florida since the team is from Miami.
Background of the Sports Organization
The Miami Heat is a basketball team from Miami, Florida. The team is a member of the
NBA and owned by billionaire Micky Arison who bought it in 1995. The General Manager is Pat
Riley, a position he has held since 2003. Riley had initially been brought in by the owner, Arison,
to be the head coach and team president. The current head coach of the Heats is Erik Spoelstra.
Miami Heat was originally found in 1988 as part of the expansion franchises. Since its inception,
the team has managed to win three championships, five conference titles and eleven division
titles. In its title winning seasons, 2012 and 2013 stand out as they did a treble in these two
consecutive years.
The managing general partner of Miami Heat, Micky Arison, has transferred his business
onus and success to the professional basketball team. It is worth noting that Arison spent his
early years learning the ropes of the cruise business. He grew from the sales department to being
the reservation manager. Arison was promoted to the position of passenger traffic VP in 1976 and

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