Originally Posted by Piobaire
I would imagine getting cut for this would trigger and employment suit? Actually, I would imagine getting cut for any reason would lead to a suit it was about this.
Employments suits are few and far between for pro athletes. First off, there are virtually no "suits" in the sense of actual lawsuits, since everything gets grieved/arbitrated under the collective bargaining agreements. Even there, I think (although I'm no expert) it's pretty rare because the contract process (both in terms of what can be negotiated for, and in terms of how they are interpreted/implemented) is pretty standardized).
Originally Posted by brokencycle
My new life goal: get a job where I get paid even if I get fired for poor performance. Preferably it has a 7 or 8 figure salary.
That's a lot of jobs in corporate Murica as well, right? Especially at the senior exec level?
Originally Posted by accordion
Did you guys know that Galileo successfully advanced heliocentrism not from rational arguments but rhetoric and word-play? See Feyerabend's Against Method.
Eh, depends (among other things) on what you mean by "successfully advanced". With Galileo (different person than Copernicus, by the way) the historical significance is really defending heliocentrism against the charge of heresy, an endeavor already rooted in rhetoric and word-play.
More generally, Feyerabend is like the history/philosophy of science version of the most annoying academic "crits" and deconstructionists. He himself relies on rhetoric, word play, and intentionally disingenuous disregard of context and nuance to argue, "see, nobody (but me of course) has ever thought clearly about anything or said anything that has any meaning."
Originally Posted by wojt
these sort of private organizations like NFL or NBA do not have and never had freedom of speech, you can get fined for whole nr of things or get fired or even disowned by private comments not even related to the game vide Donald Sterling
While I'm sure we're all overcome with sympathy for Sterling, he's not really a great example. Owners and players stand in very different situations. The extent to which players may be subjected to sanctions by the league for expressive behavior is primarily governed by the collective bargaining agreement. The extent to which owners may be subjected to sanctions by the league for expressive behavior is largely governed by the league formation/charter documents.
More generally, while it's true that the First Amendment doesn't generally protect athletes or owners from private consequences for their expressive behavior, that's not something that's endemic to sports organizations. That's true of employers and private associations in America generally.