Law & Policy: Contract Law
- Kentucky Boys' Basketball Champs Under Investigation
by Paul Steinbach October 2017
Did illegal recruiting help the Bowling Green High School boys' basketball program win its first Kentucky state championship last season? The Kentucky High School Athletic Association is currently looking into alleged recruiting violations by the school, which won its final 29 games during a 36-2 season, including in a 67-56 victory over Cooper in the title game.
- SMG Terminates U.S. Bank Stadium Security Contract
by Courtney Cameron September 2017
In a public statement Tuesday, U.S. Bank Stadium operator SMG announced the termination of a three-year contract with Monterrey Security after only one year due to inadequacies in record-keeping, employee training and background checks.
- How to Avoid Iowa’s Costly Discrimination Mistakes
by Kristi Schoepfer September 2017
In May, the University of Iowa settled two lawsuits filed by former members of its athletic department: Jane Meyer, former senior associate athletic director, and Tracey Griesbaum, former women's field hockey coach. Both Meyer and Griesbaum alleged the university was liable under the Iowa Civil Rights Act, Chapter 216, for sexual orientation discrimination, gender discrimination and retaliation. Further, Meyer's lawsuit alleged wage discrimination and unequal pay based on gender.
- Valpo, MVC Seek Venue Change in Horizon League Suit
by Pat Hickey August 2017
Why did the NCAA Division I Horizon League file a lawsuit in Vanderburgh County? That is what the defendants, Valparaiso University and Missouri Valley Conference, look to dismiss and transfer for improper venue, according to a memorandum filed on Friday.
- College Game Contracts: Bands, Mascots, Sponsors
by Steve Berkowitz August 2017
Here are some of the more notable provisions from contracts for this weekend's games.
- NFL Works On Contract Extension for Goodell
by Dayton Daily News August 2017
The league is working on a five-year contract extension for Goodell, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Monday because the deal is not complete. Sports Business Journal first reported the negotiations.
- L.A. Has Business to Settle Before 2028
by Eddie Pells August 2017
Sometime over the next five weeks, leaders from LA and the U.S. Olympic Committee have to iron out financial details about their joint marketing agreement.
- Family Fitness Ordered to Retract Cancellation Policy
by Courtney Cameron July 2017
Family Fitness Center of western Michigan has been issued a cease and desist order regarding its cancellation fees from the Michigan attorney general’s office.
- Planet Fitness Privacy Suit Decision Appealed
by Courtney Cameron July 2017
Yvette Cormier, whose Planet Fitness membership was cancelled after she complained about seeing a transgendered person in the club's locker rooms, says she's taking her case to the Michigan Supreme Court.
A Midland County Court dismissed Cormier's suit on Jan. 4, 2016, and the decision was affirmed by the Michigan Court of Appeals on June 1 of this year.
- Marlins Seek Seizure of Ticket-Holder's Property
by Paul Steinbach July 2017
As the baseball world turns its attention to Miami for tonight's MLB All-Star Game, the host Marlins organization is looking to seize property of one if its season-ticket holders.
According to court documents obtained by the Miami New Times, the Marlins have sued Kenneth Sack to take a $725,000 property he owns in Oakland Park. It marks the ninth time since 2003 that the Marlins have pursued the unusual legal action (by professional sports standards) of suing their own fans — for reneging on long-term season ticket and suite lease agreements initiated in 2012, the team's first season in its new Little Havana Stadium. Since then, fans, including Sack, have felt victimized by a perceived Marlins bait-and-switch.
In exchange for his four-year commitment to season tickets, Sack was promised a premium parking space, a private entrance and food buffets before and after games. However, fans who made such commitments claim that as soon as the team's fortunes on field went south, the perks either never materialized or fell short of expectations.
ESPN.com notes that the Marlins won a judgment against Sack in January, with the court ruling that Sack owed the team the full $97,200 he owed as part of the ticket agreement. His attorney appealed, saying a heart attack and lengthy hospital stay had caused him to miss key hearings and filings. That civil case remains open.
In March, the Marlins began foreclosure proceedings for Sack's Oakland Park commercial building, arguing that they can seize the property to fulfill the $97,200 he owes them.
"I don't understand why Major League Baseball continues to allow Jeffrey Loria to behave like this," Daniel Rose, an attorney representing another former season-ticket holder being sued by the Marlins, told the New Times. "At the end of the day, what is the motive to go after fans like this? It just shows their greed and a complete lack of respect for their fan base."