Sr. Lecturer Ken Dam is Arbitrator in Jeremy Lin Contract Case

Hearing Held on Lin’s Contract Status
Howard Beck
The New York Times
June 13, 2012

An arbitrator will decide in the next two weeks whether to grant so-called Bird rights to Jeremy Lin and three other N.B.A. players in a case that could have a profound effect on the Knicks’ roster.

Lawyers for the N.B.A. and the players union spent more than three and a half hours on Wednesday presenting their arguments to the arbitrator, Kenneth Dam, a professor at the University of Chicago law school.

The union contends that a player claimed on waivers should retain his Bird rights, which allow a team to re-sign a player without respect to the salary cap. The league contends that Bird rights are lost once a player is waived.

Kenneth W. Dam