Newark star ledger:Similarly, Pritchard Sports and Entertainment of Maryland said the Devils “unjustifiably disparaged” the quality of its cleaning services during hearings last year before an American Arbitration Association panel weighing the company’s claim to some $2.3 million in unpaid bills.
In January, the Devils sued Pritchard for negligence, claiming it did a poor job cleaning the arena.
The Devils also claimed that the team had terminated its three-year contract with Pritchard in September 2010 — a claim Pritchard denied.
The termination came two months after the Devils offered their marquee player, Ilya Kovalchuk, an eye-popping 17-year, $102 million contract. That contract was rejected by the NHL and the team signed Kovalchuk to a revised offer of 15 years at $100 million. Kovalchuk retired this summer to return to his native Russia.
After September 2010, Pritchard continued working at the arena without a contract, the team said. The Devils said Pritchard employees showed up for work drunk, slept through shifts, punched in for work and immediately left, and stole from Devils employees.
And, the Devils claimed, Pritchard workers regularly finished off half-empty alcoholic beverages left behind by fans during their cleanup.
“These employees and/or agents were visibly disoriented and could only perform basic work assignments in a shoddy and careless fashion,” according to the lawsuit filed by Devils attorney Murphy Durkin in January.
Pritchard denied the Devils’ claims.
In February, an arbitration panel ordered the team to pay the $2.3 million in outstanding invoices to Pritchard plus 1 percent per month interest, according to court papers filed by Pritchard. In addition, the Devils were ordered to pay Pritchard’s $145,000 in legal fees.
Remember that time in the 80’s when the Great One called the Devs a “Mickey Mouse organization?” Yea pretty much holds true still. It’ll probably turn around now with the new ownership but Christ. That Kovy deal looks even more remarkably awful considering it lead directly to the complete degradation of everything else under that roof.
Serious question though: how was I not aware of the complete cake of a job opportunity of being a Pritchard arena cleaner guy? Literally all of the behavior displayed by their crew I’ve done at multiple jobs in the past, each of which i’ve received promotions. If I worked for them at the rock I woulda climbed their corporate ladder in probably under a month. So basically I should be president of that company by now and instead I’m blogging over here. I’m placing blame on multiple people I know that work and have worked for the devils that I know personally. Bullshit.