Jeff Fannell Speaks to NYC Bar’s Sports Law Committee on COVID-19’s Impact on Sports With the coronavirus pandemic forcing the postponement or cancellation of virtually every major sport, many are wondering when or if sports will return. Members of the New York City Bar Association’s Sports Law Committee recently hosted Jeff Fannell to discuss the issues related to the potential resumption of sports in 2020. In a Zoom conference meeting, Jeff shared his views on the logistical, economic and moral issues associated with the return to play. Included in his remarks was a detailed description of the likely implementation of centralized “Biodomes” that would allow individual sports leagues to closely monitor the health and safety of athletes and others. The Committee meeting was moderated by Committee Co-Chair David Sussman, Special Counsel at Jenner & Block.
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Brian Goodwin won his salary arbitration case and will be paid $2.2 million this coming season. The Angels offered Goodwin $1.85 million, who was coming off the best year of his career in 2019, hitting .262/.326/.470 with 17 home runs and 47 RBI. Goodwin is represented by Dan Lozano of MVP Sports Group. His principal case was presented by Jon Fetterolf of Zuckerman Spaeder, while JFA argued rebuttal on Goodwin’s behalf. This was Goodwin’s first trip through the arbitration process.
Dodgers setup man Pedro Baez won his arbitration hearing against the team and will be paid his requested salary of $4 million, rather than the club’s submission of $3.5 million. JFA represented Baez in the hearing, which was the first win for players in this year’s arbitration proceedings. Prior to the Baez win, teams were 4-for-4. In 2019, Baez was one of the best setup men in baseball, notching a career-high 25 holds, which was tops among Dodgers relievers and third in the National League. This was Baez’s third and final trip through the arbitration process. Now Baez and his agent, Kelvin Nova, of the Nova Sports Agency, can look forward to next winter when Baez will become a free agent.