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Sports arbitration and enforcing promises: Brian Shaw and labor arbitration
School of Law Faculty Publications (2009)
  • Roger I. Abrams, Northeastern University
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.

Keywords
  • Boston Celtics,
  • arbitration,
  • sports law,
  • Brian Shaw,
  • contract,
  • Rome,
  • Red Auerbach,
  • labor arbitrator,
  • Dan Collins
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Publication Date
January 1, 2009
Publisher Statement

Originally published in Marquette Sports Law Review, Vol. 20, No. 1, pp. 223-234, 2009.

Citation Information
Marquette Sports Law Review, Vol. 20, No. 1, pp. 223-234, 2009.