Bless Their Hearts (RBNJ Talk Here)

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TBH, this is a real dangerous situation for MLS and all the other teams. This is debatable whether team options in player contracts are in fact legal. Previous cases have all been settled before reaching CAS. Obviously there is more to it with the whole sending notice to wrong person thing, but if this dispute reaches CAS they could potentially make a ruling that team options in player options are illegal.

And also of this for a player they should have sold two seasons ago. Hard to feel bad for the Red Bulls when they fucked Aaron Long this transfer window. Who's going to sign for them now?
 

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TBH, this is a real dangerous situation for MLS and all the other teams. This is debatable whether team options in player contracts are in fact legal. Previous cases have all been settled before reaching CAS. Obviously there is more to it with the whole sending notice to wrong person thing, but if this dispute reaches CAS they could potentially make a ruling that team options in player options are illegal.

And also of this for a player they should have sold two seasons ago. Hard to feel bad for the Red Bulls when they fucked Aaron Long this transfer window. Who's going to sign for them now?
According to the ESPN article it sounds like the Red Bulls screwed up. :D Kaku has the backing of the MLSPA on this.

""Kaku's option notice was sent by NY Red Bulls Sporting Director Denis Hamlett on February 28, 2020, via email to Scott Pearson," the letter reads. "Mr. Hamlett's email attached the option exercise letter and asked Mr. Pearson to '[p]lease share this with the player and let us know if you have any questions.' That email was not copied to Kaku. Despite several requests to MLS for evidence to the contrary, that February 28, 2020 email to Scott Pearson was the sole means of delivery to Kaku of the notice to exercise the 2021 option in his contract.

"You have stated that the option exercise notice was emailed and hand delivered to Kaku. It was not. Despite several requests, MLS has not provided evidence to support its assertion that the notice was delivered to Kaku. Mr. Pearson is not designated as Kaku's authorized representative on his contract, nor has MLS produced any evidence that Mr. Pearson has, in accordance with Section 26.1 of the CBA, signed a form provided by MLS designating him as Kaku's authorized agent.""

https://www.espn.com/soccer/soccer-transfers/story/4313648/new-york-red-bullsmls-dont-want-kaku-transfer-certificate-released
 

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According to the ESPN article it sounds like the Red Bulls screwed up. :D Kaku has the backing of the MLSPA on this.

""Kaku's option notice was sent by NY Red Bulls Sporting Director Denis Hamlett on February 28, 2020, via email to Scott Pearson," the letter reads. "Mr. Hamlett's email attached the option exercise letter and asked Mr. Pearson to '[p]lease share this with the player and let us know if you have any questions.' That email was not copied to Kaku. Despite several requests to MLS for evidence to the contrary, that February 28, 2020 email to Scott Pearson was the sole means of delivery to Kaku of the notice to exercise the 2021 option in his contract.

"You have stated that the option exercise notice was emailed and hand delivered to Kaku. It was not. Despite several requests, MLS has not provided evidence to support its assertion that the notice was delivered to Kaku. Mr. Pearson is not designated as Kaku's authorized representative on his contract, nor has MLS produced any evidence that Mr. Pearson has, in accordance with Section 26.1 of the CBA, signed a form provided by MLS designating him as Kaku's authorized agent.""

https://www.espn.com/soccer/soccer-transfers/story/4313648/new-york-red-bullsmls-dont-want-kaku-transfer-certificate-released
looks like a red bulls blunder to me! for something as simple as notification to a player, providing evidence of such should be fairly simple to procure. if they are unable to do it quickly, they simply don't have it. too bad, so sad.
 

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Finally, a question that involves my professional expertise (law) and not my wife’s!

Properly sending notices is a big part of following a contract. Most business contracts of any complexity have an entire section covering notices that states who gets the notice, where it goes, and the form it has to take.

Not sending something in strict accordance with the agreement is a big fuck up. Now, maybe there are extenuating circumstances- like a vague notices section or some ambiguous instructions from Kaku’s side, but it doesn’t look good for the Red Bulls.
 

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I think the board consensus on Marsch has developed into he's a whiny jerk with respect to refs and game interviews, and that he's a talented coach. This certainly is an impressive career progression, now officially set to take over the likely second place team in the Bundesliga. I expect nobody outside the RB organization foresaw this when they fired Petke and brought Jesse in. I'm not even sure RB management expected it to work out this well for them.