Terminating a sportsperson’s contract for private conduct: the Todd Carney case
Tuesday, 15 July 2014
By Judith Miller, Kirk Simmons
On 28 June 2014, a photo was posted on social media of Cronulla Sharks' Football Club five eighth Todd Carney engaging in a lewd act in a nightclub bathroom. The Cronulla Sharks acted swiftly, organising a teleconference with the Sharks board of directors, and subsequently terminating the remaining 3 years of Carney's contract (Contract), rumoured to be worth around $650,000 a season.
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Judith is a partner at DLA Piper Australia. Judith is the head of the Sports, Media & Entertainment sector in Australia and she has considerable experience advising clients in the entertainment, film, television, music and media industries. Judith advises on all aspect of brand management and exploitation, including advertising and marketing agreements, sponsorship and trade promotions.
Kirk is a Senior Associate at DLA Piper Australia. His practice involves the resolution of commercial disputes in a cost-effective manner, through courts, tribunals and alternative dispute resolution.