(CN) – Sportscaster Trev Alberts breached his CBS contract by taking an athletic director job halfway across the country, a New York appeals court ruled.
CSTV Networks, now known as the CBS Sports Network, stopped paying Alberts after he signed on to become athletic director at the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2009.
Alberts sued for breach of contract, but a New York County Supreme Court judge dismissed the case after finding that Alberts was the one who breached the contract.
The Appellate Division’s First Department affirmed last week.
“The agreement between the parties plainly contemplated that plaintiff would be available on a full-time basis for the entire term of the agreement, an obligation he could not fulfill while running a university athletics program 1,500 miles away from defendant’s New York studios,” the unsigned opinion states.
“Moreover, plaintiff’s media appearances were to be exclusive to defendant, an agreement he breached by making media appearances as the head of the university athletics department,” the justices added.
Alberts is a former college football star with the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers, and he also played for the Indianapolis Colts before embarking on a broadcast career.