Law & Policy: Contract Law
- City Officials Cut the Lights on Youth Baseball Game
by Courtney Cameron April 2017
The Pasadena Pony Baseball League’s first game of the season for youth players aged 13-14 was put on hold Monday when the city’s parks director instructed workers to turn out the lights at Gardner Field.
- Ex-NFL Agent Pleads Guilty to Athlete Inducement
by Courtney Cameron April 2017
Monday afternoon, a list of three-year-old felony charges were resolved when former NFL agent Terry Watson pleaded guilty to violating North Carolina’s sports agent law. An initial investigation was launched in 2010 by the office of the Secretary of State, following up on an NCAA probe into the UNC football program.
- Former Purdue AD: College Athletes Get Enough Benefits
by Steve Berkowitz April 2017
Recently retired Purdue AD Morgan Burke has an answer for those who believe athletes in the most prominent college sports should receive greater benefits than those currently allowed by the NCAA: No.
- Iowa's Treatment of Gay Administrator on Trial Today
by Paul Steinbach April 2017
Former University of Iowa senior associate athletic director Jane Meyer, who claims the university discriminated against her because of her sexual orientation and her willingness to fight gender bias in the athletic department, gets her day in Polk County court today. In actuality, the trial — which will likely hear testimony from Iowa athletic director Gary Barta, board of regents president Bruce Rastetter, football coach Kirk Ferentz, and Big 12 Conference commissioner and former UI athletic director Bob Bowlsby — is expected to last weeks, with much of the college sports world focused on its outcome.
Meyer saw her position at the university eliminated in September 9, 2016. According to the Associated Press, she claims it was the latest act of retaliation for her defense of Tracey Griesbaum, a field hockey coach who was fired in 2014 and with whom Meyer had a decade-long relationship. Griesbaum was fired after complaints over harsh treatment of her players. Meyer, Iowa's senior women's administrator at the time, chastised Barta, who announced before the end of that year that Meyer would be transferred outside the athletic department, claiming that her insubordination made it impossible to run the department. He also claimed that Meyer hadn't disclosed her relationship with Griesbaum, and that it represented a conflict of interest.
Meyer's lawyers counter that she was transferred a day after she handed Barta a memo about alleged department bias, including his termination of other lesbian coaches.
Even before she was transferred, Barta created a position of deputy athletic director, which included some of Meyer's duties, and hired Gene Taylor at a salary of $245,000. At the time she was laid off, Meyer had spent 13 years at Iowa and was earning an annual salary of $176,617. Now 57, she argues the disparity amounts to an equal pay violation.
- Did Costly Contract Lead to New Mexico Coach's Firing?
by Geoff Grammer April 2017
Neal's contract, which was to run through the 2019-20 season, included a $1 million buyout and a requirement to pay him the rest of that contract year's base salary of $300,000 in any fiscal year the school retained him. The contract year started Saturday, which is why talks about his future, and angst among an increasingly frustrated fan base, grew so intense this week. Inside
- USA Hockey, Women's National Team Avert Boycott
by Kevin Allen and A.J. Perez March 2017
Members of the U.S. women's national hockey team agreed to a four-year contract with USA Hockey on Tuesday night to avert a threatened boycott of the IIHF World Championship in Plymouth, Mich.
- U.S. Women's Hockey Team May Boycott Over Pay
by Kevin Allen, Christine Brennan and A.J. Perez March 2017
The women's national hockey team threatened boycott of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Championships as they seek better wages and other support from USA Hockey.
- CSU Investigation Details Coach's Abusive Behavior
by Courtney Cameron February 2017
Colorado State University has released a 90-page report detailing an investigation into the atmosphere among the men’s basketball team and administration under head coach Larry Eustachy.
- NBA's D-League Renamed with Gatorade Sponsorship
by Sam Amick February 2017
The NBA on Tuesday will announce a renaming of its Development League, with the 'D-League' set to be known as the 'G-League' starting in the 2017-18 season because of a multiyear partnership with Gatorade.
- Rift Widens Between Islanders, Barclays Center
by Brett Cyrgalis February 2017
It is not news to anyone who has been around the Islanders during their tenuous first year and a half as residents of Barclays Center that landlord and tenant aren't exactly best of friends. What has become clear over the past few days is that their rift is growing deeper. As reported Monday, Barclays Center put together a proposal for prospective investors with projections of revenues for years to come, and starting in 2019, that report didn't include the Islanders.