Law & Policy: Contract Law
- Minor League Baseball as Part-Time Job Debated
by Amy Moritz; News Sports Reporter July 2016
The price of chasing the baseball dream came back into focus when the House of Representatives proposed legislation called the "Save America's Pastime Act." The bones of the bill would exempt minor league baseball players from the Fair Labor Standards Act, meaning they would not be subject to rules such as minimum wage.
- Soccer Club Claims Racism in Field-Use Suit
by Kelly Puente July 2016
A youth soccer club is suing Vanguard University, alleging that the Christian college in Costa Mesa broke a contract over use of its athletic field after nearby homeowners complained that the games drew too many Latino families to the neighborhood.
- Ethics Clause in Coaching Contracts Could Become Trend
by Jeff Schultz June 2016
In the aftermath of Baylor's poor handling of sexual-assault cases, the school made the extraordinary decision to fire coach Art Briles with eight years and more than $40 million left on his contract. The message from the board of regents: Winning doesn't trump everything -- now there's a novel thought in major college football -- and the school is comfortable with its legal position in impending buyout talks, given Briles' apparent ethics violations in this matter.
- Sports Authority Wants Out of Sponsorship Deals
by Colorado Springs Gazette June 2016
Bankrupt Sports Authority wants to shed its sponsorship agreements with nine professional sports teams -- including the Denver Broncos and the Colorado Rockies.
- Gross Negligence, Waiver Validity at Issue in Treadmill Injury Case
by John Wolohan February 2016
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- St. Louis Season Ticket Holders Sue Rams for $50M
by Jason Scott February 2016
A month after NFL owners approved Rams owner Stan Kroenke’s plan to relocate the team to Los Angeles, jilted fans in St. Louis are calling for their money back.
- Judge Rules Against Parks and Rec Employees in Lawsuit
by Emily Attwood August 2015
A Shawnee County, Kan., judge has ruled in favor of the city of Topeka in a lawsuit filed by 10 former parks and recreation employees. The lawsuit was filed in May 2012 by the 10 employees following the merger of the city’s parks and recreation department with the county of Shawnee’s parks and recreation department. The case was brought before Shawnee County District Judge Rebecca W. Crotty in April and a verdict issued last week.
- Calif. Bill Would Pay Pro Cheerleaders Minimum Wage
by Laura Godlewski July 2015
Cheerleaders for professional teams in California might soon receive minimum wage as well as overtime and sick leave if the governor signs a bill that has already been approved by the state Senate.
- Ex-NFL Players Object to $765M Concussion Settlement
by Stuart Goldman April 2015
Several former National Football League players have objected to the terms of a $765 million settlement in a class action lawsuit over concussions and brain damage.
- Breach of Contract Debated in Coach Reassignment Case
by Attorney John T. Wolohan and Scott Kevy March 2015
The most important decisions any athletic director will likely make are personnel decisions. Unfortunately, with the pressure to win greater than ever, most new coaching hires will be lucky to make it past their third year. As a result of the tenuous nature of the profession, it is essential that the language within coaches' contracts be as clear as possible, especially when a decision is made to terminate a coach's contract.