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Dec. 8, 2014 — A prelude, or a popgun?

Last weekend, it was reported that Terry Walsh, the former technical director for USA Field Hockey, had sent a notice through lawyers in California accusing his former employers of a breach of contract. The breach, it is alleged, is the revelations of a secret deal which allowed him to pocket some $176,000 in payments for a software package leased to the national governing body.

The revelations were made in USA Field Hockey’s board minutes more than a year ago, and the details wound up derailing contract negotiations between Walsh and Hockey India in October.

“Not only were the accusations wrong, they were made in breach of the USA Field Hockey contract with Mr. Walsh. Mr. Walsh has struck back at USA Field Hockey and demanded that it comply with its contract or face serious financial consequences,” the text of the letter said.

And herein is the problem. What was sent was a letter.

Until a thick document with the typed words “Terry Walsh v. USA Field Hockey” is drafted, this correspondence, is, frankly, meaningless.

And I’ll be interested to see if this ever comes to pass, especially since USA Field Hockey never sought recovery for the money it could have saved if it had actually bought the license for the software package rather than leasing the trial version from Walsh.


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