The Shoe Head ‘Round the World: Zion Williamson, Nike, and Contract Law

When the best player in the game falls to injury, not by happenstance, but because of the shoe his University contractually obligated him to wear…who is left holding the bag?

What happened to Zion Williamson and his shoe on the night of February 20, 2019?

What happened to Nike’s stock price?

And just what is in those “all-sports” contracts Nike signs with Universities like Duke, anyway?


Discussed in this episode:

“Zion Williamson Wrecked His Shoe And Also Maybe His Leg [Update]”
Deadspin, February 20, 2019
(https://deadspin.com/zion-williamson-wrecked-his-shoe-and-also-maybe-his-leg-1832772771)

“Duke loses Zion Williamson to mild knee sprain when shoe blows out”
ESPN, February 20, 2019
(http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/26042130/duke-loses-zion-williamson-mild-knee-sprain-shoe-blows-out)

“Duke’s Zion Williamson blows out his shoe, injures knee, and Nike gasps in horror”
MarketWatch, February 20, 2019
(https://www.marketwatch.com/story/zion-williamson-blows-out-his-shoe-injures-knee-and-nike-gasps-in-horror-2019-02-20)

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill All-Sport Agreement
June 29, 2018
(https://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/greensboro.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/0/b8/0b8c22ea-03b3-11e9-9a99-2f254044716b/5c1a7ef9e48bb.pdf.pdf)

Definition of “Negligence”
The Law Dictionary (featuring Black’s Law)
(https://thelawdictionary.org/negligent/)


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