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Women's hockey team finally resolves contract dispute

Years ago, California sports enthusiasts would be hard-pressed to find examples of female athletes competing at national or international levels in sports widely catered to males. For example, major league baseball, football and hockey were traditionally considered "male sports;" however, much has changed. In fact, not only are there now women's teams in most of these arenas, many women are achieving high levels of fame and fortune for their talents. The U.S. Women's hockey team's progress was recently stalled by a contract dispute.

The contract dispute nearly kept them out of the IIHF World Championship. It seems negotiations were not going so well at the time, and the tournament was nearing its starting date. The athletes were reportedly fighting for fair treatment and equitable pay.

Many say that hiring an attorney to review a contract before it's signed often helps prevent such disputes. There are several reasons for this, including the fact that an attorney can craft an agreement with terms that favor the client. Also, an experienced business and commercial law attorney knows how to carefully review a proposed contract to make sure it includes crucial components, such as what will happen if one or more parties breach the agreement.

A contract reviewed by an attorney is often easier to enforce in court. So, too, do the chances of obtaining successful results increase when enlisting help from an attorney to resolve a contract dispute. As for the U.S. Women's hockey team, at last report they were prepared to skate in the semi-finals. Anyone in California facing similar contract problems can contact a business attorney for guidance.

Source:, "After Contract Dispute, U.S. Women's Hockey Is Into World Championship Semifinals", Laura Wagner, Accessed on April 6, 2017

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