Contract Negotiation

The Moral Clause

If a couple years ago most player contracts contained moral clauses, you better believe that in the wake of the Michael Vick case, almost every athlete will encounter such a clause when signing a deal with a team and/or sponsor.  The clause often gives the team or sponsor the right to terminate the contract and may even call for the return of any signing bonus handed out after the parties sign.  Criminal behavior will undoubtedly bring the clause into effect, and oftentimes, it takes much less for one side to threaten calling it into action.

Brian Socolow recently wrote an article in Moves Magazine, titled, What Every Player Should Konw About Morals Clauses.  It is a very interesting and short read.  Go check it out here.

HT to Michael McCann of Sports Law Blog for the heads up on the article.

By Darren Heitner

Darren Heitner created Sports Agent Blog as a New Year's Resolution on December 31, 2005. Originally titled, "I Want To Be A Sports Agent," the website was founded with the intention of causing Heitner to learn more about the profession that he wanted to join, meet reputable individuals in the space and force himself to stay on top of the latest news and trends.

Heitner now runs Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011-2014, where he created and taught a course titled, Sport Agency Management, which included subjects ranging from NCAA regulations to athlete agent certification and the rules governing the profession. Heitner serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches a Sports Law class that includes case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules.

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