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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Good day, Sir! Contract Prevents University Student From Receiving $10k Prize

During a basketball game at West Chester University in Pennslyvania, freshman Jack Lavery was randomly picked for the $10,000 halftime challenge.  Lavery had 25 seconds to make a lay-up, shot from the free throw line, shot behind the three-point line and a half-court shot. Lavery successfully made a lay-up, a shot from the behind the free throw line, and then a shot behind the three-point line.  As the clock was winding down, Lavery attempted the half-court shot, but missed.  With one hand, he made the half-court shot on his second attempt just as the buzzer went off.  As Lavery explains it:

"I stopped and did that one handed shot and it happened to go in. I ran to the other side of the court just high fiving everyone and then I went and bear hugged my dad," said Lavery.

See for yourself:

 As you see, the crowd cheered, but the University refused to award the prize money.  Why?  The contract.

Intrepid reporting by Action News obtained a copy of a contract signed by Lavery.  The rules of the contest provide:

I shall have as many opportunities as necessary at each of the first three (3) locations to make a shot; however, no more than ONE (1) attempt may be made at the HALF COURT shot, provided that there is still time left on the shot clock.

Lavery took more than one attempt at the half court shot and, therefore, the University claims that he is inelgible for the prize.  Nevertheless, apparently his father intends to "challenge the wording of the contract."

Additionally, the contract reportedly states that anyone who played basketball in high school would be ineligible to collect the prize money.  Lavery played high school ball, another reason for his ineligibility.

Reminds me of this:

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/contractsprof_blog/2014/02/good-day-sir-contract-prevents-university-student-from-receiving-10k-prize.html

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