The ongoing disputes of MLB players and threats of contract termination provide an opportunity to discuss how contract law impacts everyone.
August 29, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Baseball players, steroids and contract law
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Milwaukee Brewer baseball star Ryan Braun is the most recent in a string of Major League Baseball (MLB) players busted for using performance enhancing drugs. ESPN reports that Braun's role in the drug scandal will ultimately cost him over three million dollars in lost compensation.
Critics are calling for harsher penalties, including cancelation of the remainder of Braun's contract with the team. Although this may seem appropriate at first glance, the "one strike and you're out" approach may not be a viable option. In fact, according to the rules of employment and contract law, cancelling his contract may not be an option at all.
The role contract law plays for baseball players
Contracts are legally enforceable documents that offer a good, in this case playing baseball, in return for some form of payment, in this case millions of dollars. Baseball players often sign multi-year contracts spanning many baseball seasons. Many sports reporters and analysts say these contracts are more akin to a marriage than the shorter contracts offered for sports like football.
Most contracts are governed by state law. If one party to the contract fails to fulfill the terms, he or she is said to be in breach of the contract. When a party breaches the contract, the other party has a variety of remedies available. If informal methods do not work, the courts can be involved. This could include a suit to have the terms of the contract enforced or one designed to recover any financial harm that resulted from the breach.
Although the Brewers will not likely cancel Braun's contract, the discussion is valuable. Baseball players and the MLB are not the only ones who battle with these issues. Granted, the use of steroids causing an issue with an employment contract is not a common concern in everyday business, but contract issues do arise.
Contract issues that can impact you
An employment contract offers both the employer and the employee with a certain level of protection. Generally, these contracts outline the type of performance an employer expects the employee to complete in return for a set level of compensation.
Contract issues that may arise can include:
-Failure to perform the agreed upon task on time.
-Failure to perform the task to the standards agreed upon within the contract.
-A complete failure to perform.
-Early termination of the contract.
If you are facing an employment contract issue, remedies are likely available. Contact an experienced employment contract lawyer to discuss your situation and better ensure a favorable outcome.
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