The Devoit Mis, Inc. & Sims V. Artgoitz Case

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The DETROIT LIONS, INC. & SIMS v. ARGOVITZ case involve three separate parties: the defendant Jerry Argovitz, President of the Houston Gamblers, Inc.; the plaintiff Billy Sims, who was a running back for the Detroit Lions; and the Detroit Lions, a corporation and a professional American football team based in Detroit, Michigan. Jerry Argovitz was acting as Billy Sim’s agent when he was negotiating contracts between the Detroit Lions, Inc. and the Houston Gamblers, Inc. throughout the months of April and July of 1983. In March of 1983, Argovitz was in the process of applying for a Houston franchise in the United States Football League (USFL). Argovitz was later approved for a franchise in May 1983, when he was still acting as Sims agent and …show more content…
The Detroit Lions made a counter offer with a lower payout and longer contract. Negotiations continued and by late June of 1983 the parties were close to an agreement. Throughout these months Argovitz was communicating to Sims that the Lions were “dragging their feet” and not negotiating wholeheartedly. White negotiating simultaneously between the Lions and the Gamblers, Argovitz made the decision to pursue an offer from the Houston Gamblers. Argovitz knew that Sim’s would be the next face of the Gamblers and bring the team to victory. In late June of 1983, Argovitz brought Sims and his wife to Houston to negotiate a contract with Bernard Lerner, a partner of Argovitz in Gamblers, Inc. The negotiations started the morning of June 30, 1983 and ended that same day. Lerner had offered Sims a five-year three and a half million dollar contract with three years of injury and skills guarantee. Argovitz then explained to Sims that the Lions could potentially match the financial component of the offer, knowing that the Lions would not be matching the offer. Argovitz then broke his fiduciary duty by not calling the Lions, allowing them to make one last offer, and then presenting both offers to his client, Sims. Billy Sims then …show more content…
Lerner then advised Sims that he can find another agent to represent him or hire an attorney due to Argovitz breaking his fiduciary duty. This led to Sims and the Detroit Lions filing a complaint against Argovitz in December of 1983 in hopes to invalidate the contract Sims signed with the Houston Gamblers. In the end, the court found the contract between Sims and the Gamblers,

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