Law & Policy: Contract Law
- NY Islanders Could Return to Nassau Coliseum
by Robert Brodsky, Jim Baumbach January 2017
Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano said he has met with New York Islanders owner Jonathan Ledecky to discuss the team's possible return to its former home at Nassau Coliseum. Mangano said he requested the Nov. 17 meeting with Ledecky, who co-owns the team with Scott Malkin, to discuss a path for the team to return to Nassau. Mangano said he also holds regular meetings with Barclays management. In a statement, Mangano said "there is a path for the Islanders to return to the new Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum where the best sight lines in NHL remain, improved attractive facilities for fans and athletes and room to add seats to accommodate the Islanders. While the decision remains with the Islanders we believe Long Island fans will make the Islanders successful in the new Coliseum."
- Assault Case Triggers Court Arguments over Arbitration Clause
by John Wolohan and Eric Centner January 2017
Arbitration clauses are intended to keep parties bound by contract out of court by requiring that all contract disputes be settled by arbitration. The benefits of such clauses are that arbitration is usually much faster and cheaper, and the outcome is confidential, all of which has led to arbitration clauses creeping into more types of contracts — especially employment contracts. A good example from the sports and recreation industry of how the courts treat arbitration clauses is the case of Amateur Athletic Union v. Augustus Bray, 2016 Tex. App. LEXIS 7044.
- Wilson Out at Indiana After Player Mistreatment Claims
by Courtney Cameron December 2016
Athletic director Fred Glass of Indiana University announced in a press conference Thursday that six-year Hoosiers head coach Kevin Wilson has resigned.
- Ex-SDSU Women’s Coach Wins Wrongful Termination Suit
by Courtney Cameron September 2016
After a three-year legal battle and four weeks on trial, former San Diego State women’s basketball coach Beth Burns was awarded $1.35 million for past and future economic losses and $2 million for punitive damages by the San Diego Superior Court for wrongful termination.
- 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.