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Creativity in Employment Contracts

Seattle Seahawks football player Eddie Lacy recently received a $55,000 employment bonus – not for his performance on the field, but for weighing a required weight at the beginning of training camp.

ESPN.com reported on this and other clauses in the employment contracts of professional athletes, including:

  1. why Michael Jordan’s “love for the game” clause specifically allowing him to play basketball anytime, anywhere;

  2. why Baseball Hall of Famer Rollie Fingers was paid a bonus to grow his famous mustache; and

  3. why English footballer Stefan Schwarz was prohibited from traveling into space.

The takeaway from these unique clauses: when drafting your employment contracts, don’t be afraid to think outside the box.  A creative contract may be just what is needed to attract or retain a talented employee.

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