Arbitrator George Nicolau has asked attorneys for Major Soccer League forward Dale Mitchell and Kansas City Comets owner Chris Clouser to hit the law books.
After listening to nine hours of testimony in a grievance suit brought by Mitchell, Nicolau said he would make a ruling within 48 hours of receiving the research information, due in his office by next Tuesday.
Mitchell, who was traded by Kansas City to the Blast last month, is asking to be made a free agent. He is charging the Comets "fraudulently induced" him to sign and then traded him.
Mitchell claims the Comets made promises "above the actual contract, knowing they could not be put in writing, knowing no other team would have a responsibility to abide by a verbal agreement."
Nicolau agreed to hear this case just one day after ruling on a $100 million collusion suit in major-league baseball.
This is Nicolau's first grievance hearing in the MSL since last September, when he upheld a grievance by goalkeeper Chris Vaccaro, who asked to be allowed to sign with the Tacoma Stars, when Wichita did not match the Stars' offer "in every detail."
Attending yesterday's hearings were Mitchell and his attorney Tim English; Clouser and his attorney Leland Shurin; Comets coach Dave Clements; MSL commissioner Earl Foreman; and Blast general manager John Borozzi.