GEM made mistake by signing Sadler long-term, will likely have to pay
The problem is that last May, Sadler and GEM agreed to a 3-year deal, but after A.J. Allmendinger showed some great potential at the end of the season, the team decided to go in a different direction. While I agree with the decision to switch drivers, GEM really screwed this one up by hurrying to sign Sadler so early in the season, even though he hadn’t shown them much reason to do so. I was scratching my head when I first heard the news, and whoever made that decision at GEM really needs their logic sensors checked.
While I’m no lawyer and haven’t seen the contract, I’m fairly confident that if you tell someone you’ve hired them for three years, then fire them 6 months later, it’s pretty clear that you are in breach of contract. The only possible out they might have is if there was a performance clause, but I doubt Sadler would have agreed to something like that. So unless they were 100 percent sure Sadler was the guy they wanted, why sign the contract?
It’s very likely the team will have to hand over a pretty large check to Sadler, who will probably find a ride elsewhere … if not now, then once the season starts and drivers start to get fired … or maybe go into the broadcasting business. The mistake is all GEM‘s, and they wouldn’t have any problem right now if they had just been patient enough to wait until the end of the year to decide whether to sign Sadler to an extended contract.
The lesson of all this is simple: Don’t go all in with a pair of eights when the next card dealt might give you a flush. Timing is everything, and GEM missed this one by a mile.
NASCAR’s Mafia connection?
News came out this week that couple of ex-employees of ISC (NASCAR’s “sister” company that is completely separate … wink, wink) were sentenced to probation for their role in the failed efforts to bring a speedway to Staten Island, New York. It appears the Gambino crime family was throwing extra money in the direction of these ISC officials in relation to the trucking of dirt for the speedway. Also, the indictment indicates that several Gambino family members were working to make the speedway a reality, which indicates they had something to gain from its creation.
I fully recognize that NASCAR was founded by moonshiners, and I have no issue with that, but dealing with real-life gangsters is a whole new deal that I hope was isolated to this incident. When I buy my $4 hot dog at Daytona, I don’t want to be supporting the next whacking by the Gambinos.