I think Entercom is saying that Howie IS contracted, to
them...because they matched WTKK’s offer, and there’s the rub.
Does the offer include: morning show? on an FM station?
no Red Sox pre-emptions? etc. or is it just a case of salary.
Howie’s WRKO salary was better than WTKK’s actual BASE offer.
WRKO paid him $790k and the orig. offer was for $50k less
per year; WTKK offered him maybe $500k but with a lot
of incentives that would be paid if he hit certain goals.
Entercom can say, “Well, we don’t know yet if he’d hit those goals because he hasn’t started working there, but there you go: we give him $740k, they’re offering $500k. Case closed.”
Or actually maybe WTKK’s offer was closer to WRKO’s
than that, but WRKO argues they MET his offer.
But...what about the incentives...?
>>If an employment contract contains a contingent clause allowing the employer a right of first refusal and/or the right to match an external offer, why isn’t the employee free to accept or reject such an offer at will?
Don’t know but the right of first refusal is why Howie isn’t on WTKK yet.
>>why would he be bound to accept it? If he explicitly agreed to do so at the time the original employment contract was negotiated, then perhaps he ought to get a new attorney.
I thought I remember reading that there were several deadlines that were ignored by WRKO to renew Howie’s contract. So if this is true, why are we even at this point if management at WRKO ignored the deadlines?