Personally, I think sports have become too professional and too money oriented. One major reason the old Greek Olympics were ended supposedly was that they had become corrupted in that way.
Winning high school, college, and professional sports teams often attract large crowds and big financial support. Thus, it is not surprising that coaches who win can command large salaries. Since those who lose too many games often lose their jobs as well, coaches often include "buy out clauses" in their contracts in case they are fired for "unjust cause."
Personally, the only organized sport I follow reasonably closely is college basketball. And, in Kentucky (where I live), there is an old joke that Kentucky basketball is not a sport, it's a religion.
Since basketball was invented in the United States by a YMCA instructor who later served as a chaplain at one time (James Naismith), it can even be argued that basketball has Christian roots. But, that's a side issue.
You may have read one of several articles reporting about the lawsuit former University of Kentucky men's basketball coach Billy Gillispie filed against the university on May 27, 2009.
Here is a link to an article on the Lexington, Kentucky Herald-Leader's website Kentucky.com about it. In a related issue, the Memphis Commercial Appeal reported on its website on May 27, 2009 about NCAA investigations of alleged violations of NCAA rules while John Calipari (Kentucky's new coach) was at Memphis. Calipari is apparently not directly implicated. Here is a link to the Memphis Commercial Appeal article.
I'm not a lawyer and can't give any legal advice. But, I am confident several lawyers will be seeking to make a lot of money on the situations discussed in the last paragraph. I Timothy 6:10 states ". . . the love of money is the root of all evil. . ." (King James Version). I think that quote may be an exaggeration, but I strongly agree that loving money excessively creates many problems.
I don't know if there were rules violations during John Calipari's reign at Memphis. But, regardless there are far too many rules violations in various sports at various levels, including high school, college, and professional sports.
And, I don't know if Billy Gillispie is entitled to the $1.5 million per year for four years, for termination without just cause due to the terms of the "Memorandum of Understanding" (MOU) that served as a substitute for the contract he never signed.
Allegedly, Gillispie was fired more for off-the-court things than on-the-court events. Perhaps his firing is considered "just cause." Many rumors about Gillispie's off-court activities came out, largely after his firing. I can't verify any of them so I won't discuss them. . And, I doubt he would have been fired for the "off-the-court" issues if the team had won a national championship – I think a reprimand would have occurred instead. But, that's just my opinion.
But, regardless of what the truth is, I think it would be much better for both parties if the disagreement is resolved without a lawsuit. It is a shame it has gone this far already.
Maybe it is time to imitate the example of the Greeks and abolish professional sports and lower the profile of college and high school sports. But, due to the huge number of fans and money involved, I don't expect that to happen soon.
And, after all, I still remain a University of Kentucky basketball fan. But, as a Christian I do support things being done in the right way, and I think James Naismith would, too.