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Boris Berian’s Bid Caps Stunning 18-Month Rise – HAWI Management

HAWI Management was founded on the belief that clients are best served when they are treated like family.  This means standing by our athletes, especially during the most difficult moments of their career.  Our client Boris Berian (2016 Olympian and IAAF World Indoor Champion) faced a pivotal time in his career in 2016, when he was sued over a contract dispute in the weeks leading up the Olympic Trials.  

Berian’s Nike contract had expired at the end of 2015, and his agent Merhawi Keflezighi (Meb’s brother) had negotiated a new and better deal with New Balance, another shoe-and-apparel company. But Nike argued that it had used its right-of-first-refusal clause to match the contract. Berian was served with papers while watching training partners run at a meet on May 20. “I was chilling by the gate when this guy came up,” says Berian. “It was shocking.”


Keflezighi did not back down, arguing in court that Nike did not, in fact, match New Balance’s offer because the Nike contract contained so-called reduction clauses, which reduce an athlete’s compensation for failing to meet specified goals.

Read the full article at: https://www.si.com/olympics/2016/07/04/boris-berian-olympics-2016-rio-track-and-field-trials

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