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A-Rod and the Yankees: Claiming Breach if You Violated the Agreement


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1/1/2016
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Alex Rodriguez, commonly known as A-Rod, is one of the most well-known athletes in professional sports today. Unfortunately, the first baseman for the iconic New York Yankees has come under scrutiny recently due to allegations that he was involved with the use of illegal performance-enhancing drugs. As a result, his employer, the Yankees, is now looking to terminate his contract. Rodriguez still has nearly half of the contract remaining and over $100 million in salary is owed to him. If the Yankees terminate the agreement, could Rodriguez sue for breach of contract?

Maybe not. This is because under New York contract law, if the party bringing the action for breach has not upheld his end of the bargain, he cannot succeed in his claim. The court would assess several factors surrounding the breach, including the following:

  • Is the contract between the Yankees and Rodriguez a legally binding agreement?
  • Was the agreement modified?
  • Did the terms of the contract require Rodriguez to not use the drugs in question?
  • Did Major League Baseball determine that Rodriguez is guilty of having used the substances?
  • Did Rodriguez otherwise fulfill his obligations under the contract?
  • Did Rodriguez himself breach the agreement by using the drugs, even if it is not specifically addressed in the contract?


Breach of contract matters are complex and require the guidance of a knowledgeable legal professional. To learn more about breach of contract when one party has violated the terms of the agreement, contact an experienced New York business litigation lawyer today. Call our office at (888) 497-3410 for a free consultation.



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