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Sports Arbitration and Enforcing Promises: Brian Shaw and Labor Arbitration

13 Pages Posted: 10 Apr 2012 Last revised: 15 Apr 2012

Roger Ian Abrams

Northeastern University - School of Law

Date Written: 2009

Abstract

This article discusses the important Sports Law case involving Brian Shaw and the Boston Celtics. It explains how the Boston Celtics used expedited arbitration with subsequent summary court enforcement to secure the services of its prized point guard. In exchange for a multi-year contract and a signing bonus, Shaw promised to return to the Celtics after a year in the Italian Basketball League. He then reneged on his promise when informed he could earn a much higher salary after playing another year in Rome. The club invoked arbitration and compelled Shaw to fulfill his promises. The article includes profiles of Shaw, Celtics president Red Auerbach and labor arbitrator Dan Collins.

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Abrams, Roger Ian, Sports Arbitration and Enforcing Promises: Brian Shaw and Labor Arbitration (2009). Marquette Sports Law Review, Vol. 20, No. 1, pp. 223-234, 2009; Northeastern University School of Law Research Paper . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2037964

Roger Ian Abrams (Contact Author)

Northeastern University - School of Law ( email )

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Boston, MA 02115
United States

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