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Law professor: Five-year NBA ban enforceable

   Billy Donovan’s return to the University of Florida could be contingent on a clause that would prevent him from coaching in the NBA for five years, the length of the contract he signed with the Orlando Magic. That would appear to be a reasonable provision, according to Thomas Ramsberger, adjunct professor of sports law at Stetson College of Law in St. Petersburg.
   “From straight contract law theory, I think that’s enforceable,’’ Ramsberger said today.
In the case of a breached contract, he added, the Magic can say, “Well, I can’t force you through the courts to be my coach but what I can do is file an injunction against other teams to prevent you from being able to be employed by them because you’re under contract to me.”
   Ramsberger thinks one of the complicating factors would be that Orlando sold several hundred season tickets in the wake of Donovan’s hiring, and now those customers may want their money back.
   “That’s part of the reason the Magic is saying, 'This isn’t as easy as 'Oh, let’s have a mulligan and let’s tee it up again and act like it didn’t happen.’ ''
   — DAVE SCHEIBER, Times staff writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:16pm]


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