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Sportscaster Loses New York Breach of Contract Lawsuit

Posted on Jan 01, 2016

Television sportscaster Trev Alberts has lost his New York breach of contract court battle with CSTV Networks. A New York appeals court recently ruled that the sportscaster breached his contract with the network, now known as the CBS Sports Network, by accepting a job as an athletic director in another part of the country. The new job was at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Alberts accepted the position in 2009.


When Alberts accepted the position as athletic director, CBS Sports Network stopped making any further payments called for under the contract between the parties. As a result, Alberts filed a breach of contract lawsuit. A New York County Supreme Court judge found in favor of the network and dismissed the case, stating that it was Alberts who had breached the contract with the network.


In the recent appeals court decision, New York’s Appellate Division’s First Department affirmed the earlier decision. It held the following in the court opinion:

  • The agreement between Alberts and CBS Sports Network called for Alberts to be available full-time for the entire length of the agreement between the parties.
  • When Alberts accepted the job as athletic director at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, he was no longer capable of upholding this obligation. The school is 1,500 miles away from the network’s studios in New York.
  • Under the terms of the agreement, media appearances made by Alberts were to be exclusively on behalf of the network. Since Alberts made appearances in his role as athletic director for the University, he breached the agreement.


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