For every salary arbitration case, JFA typically begins work in earnest in September, continuing through late February. However, occasionally requests for assistance are made on short notice.
The second Friday in January, salary arbitration eligible players and clubs who are unable to agree on a contract for the coming season exchange salary submissions. Typically, this signifies that the case will proceed to hearing before a panel of arbitrators in as little as three weeks. After salaries were exchanged, a client called JFA seeking help for a case that was slated for hearing. Although JFA had not been involved in the case up to that point, JFA took on the matter, and three-and-a-half weeks later argued the case before the arbitration panel.
Working closely with the agent and the Players Association, JFA helped secure a victory for the player, resulting in a contract that was worth over $500,000 more than the club’s final offer.