Law & Policy: Contract Law
- 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.
- AD Reassigned as Iowa Braces for Her Partner's Lawsuit
by Emily Attwood December 2014
Pending a wrongful termination lawsuit filed by her partner, an athletic administrator for the University of Iowa has been reassigned. Jane Meyer, a senior associate athletic director, has been reassigned to the school’s facilities management office, where she will assist with construction contract quality and compliance.
- Dealing with Members’ Attempts to Cancel Their Contract
by Rob Bishop October 2014
We know that cancelling a health club membership can be confusing. After all, it can be spelled "cancelling" or "canceling." It's quite maddening, really.
- How Tech Failure Can Impact Sponsorship Agreements
by Kristi Schoepfer-Bochicchio, J.D. September 2014
The Toyota Center, site of Houston Rockets home games and other sports and entertainment events, is operated, maintained and managed by Clutch City Sports and Entertainment, L.P. Prior to the facility opening in 2003, Clutch City entered into a naming rights agreement with Gulf States Toyota to have the facility named the Toyota Center.
- Raiders, A's at Odds Over Coliseum's Future
by Andrew Brandt, Athletic Business Intern July 2014
The A's are inking a deal to remain in the O.co Coliseum for 10 years; the Raiders are making separate plans to tear it down and build a new stadium on the exact location. Forget Orange County — real California drama happens in Oakland.
- Wages, 'Jiggle Test' Cited in Bills Cheerleader Suit
by Paul Steinbach April 2014
Perhaps following the lead of their counterparts in Cincinnati and Oakland, five former members of the Buffalo Bills cheerleading squad, known as the Jills, have sued the team, as well as the Jills' current and former management companies.
- Wage Issues Halt UConn Facility Construction
by Michael Gaio March 2014
Construction of the University of Connecticut's new $33 million basketball practice facility has been put on hold due to illegal payments to workers by two of the construction companies working on the project.
- Risk Management Audit at Heart of Rope-Climbing Lawsuit
by John T. Wolohan January 2014
In the sports and recreation industry, it is common to hire outside consultants to conduct risk management audits. Typically, these audits involve a site visit to inspect the facility, observe some of the activities or programs taking place in the facility, and interview members and employees of the organization. A review of the organization's policies, procedures and insurance coverage is also conducted. At the end of the visit, a written report — which usually includes a series of recommendations on how the organization can reduce its risks and legal exposure — is provided.
- Sports Venues Facing More Legal Battles Over Captioning
by Kristi Schoepfer-Bochicchio, J.D. December 2013
In September, the National Association for the Deaf filed a lawsuit against the University of Maryland College Park under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA, 1990) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 for its "long-standing and continuing failure to provide captioning of announcements and commentary made over the public address systems during athletic events at Byrd Stadium and the Comcast Center." Specifically, the plaintiffs seek court-ordered display captioning on Jumbotrons and scoreboards for announcements made over the PA system.
- Youth Coach Plans Team Party at Hooters, Gets Fired
by Michael Gaio November 2013
Youth coaches get fired for all sorts of reasons. But this be might a new one: Randy Burbach, a middle school football coach in Oregon was fired for choosing to host his team's end-of-season party at Hooters.