Friday Sports Briefs

Calhoun’s Unsigned Contract

Stories concerning Jim Calhoun’s medical leave of absence from the UConn basketball team mentioned that he has yet to sign the contract extension that was nearly complete in December 2009.

Although this may appear unusual, it reminded me of Robert Romano’s article Coaches – How Hard Is It to Sign a Multi-Million Dollar Contract?:

As every lawyer was taught in his or her first year contract course, the essential elements of an agreement between two or more parties are offer, acceptance, consideration, legality and capacity. Additionally, any contract which terms cannot be performed and completed within one year has to be reduced to writing. Said writing must identify all contracting parties, recite the subject matter, provide the essential terms and conditions, and has to be acknowledged by all parties in order to be protected against voidability.

This raises the question, why did it take college basketball coach Billy Donovan over 16 months to sign his lucrative, six year, $19.5 million dollar coaching contract with the University of Florida; all of the time still performing his duties as a basketball coach?

Click here for the entire article.

The Sports Law Professor on Arguments in American Needle

Jeffrey Standen, professor of law at Willamette University, and publisher of the Sports Law Professor Blog, makes two observations from the oral argument in American Needle:

1. Neither position seemed entirely plausible.

2. This case might not be about sports law at all.

Click here to read the entire article.

Legal Analysis of Leach v. Texas Tech

Robert Boland of the National Football Post breaks down the suit between former coach Mike Leach and the university:

The strongest claims Leach makes are that he was deprived due process in being forced to sign a statement of apology or face a suspension, which was not permitted under the terms of his contract, and subsequently fired because he filed a lawsuit to protect his rights to due process.

Click here for the entire article.


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