Business and Commercial Dispute Negotiation Role-Play:

Fie’s Agent

Jeremy Bird under the supervision of Melissa Manwaring
Two-party integrative e-mail negotiation between a soccer star and her long-term representative over the terms of a potential new agency contract

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SCENARIO:

It is the year 2030. Football (formerly referred to as “soccer” in the United States but now known as “football” worldwide) continues to be the most popular international sport. Women’s football has surpassed men’s football as the most attended, watched, and marketed sport in the world.

Three years ago, in the 2027 Women’s World Cup, a previously unknown Ghanaian forward named Ama Ata Fie emerged as one of the most prolific goal scorers in the world. Kofi Mwenchena, a Ghanaian sports agent, has represented Fie for the past six years, even before she surfaced as one of the world’s most popular and successful football stars. Fie and Mwenchena signed an official contract six years ago, just before Fie was drafted to a Ghanaian club team. Mwenchena’s contract with Fie has now expired, and the two have not yet been able to agree on terms of a potential new contract.

International club rules state that official free agent negotiations begin in less than one week. Fie is still in Brazil completing some marketing obligations for Maccabi Wireless, while Mwenchena is back in Ghana to attend his brother’s wedding ceremony, but he and Fie have agreed to try to finalize their contract negotiations via e-mail.

 

TEACHING PURPOSES:

This simulation is a good vehicle for discussing the dynamics of negotiating via e-mail versus face-to-face or through other media. It also highlights issues regarding the principal-agent relationship, contract drafting, integrative and distributive bargaining, and the challenges in balancing substance, process, and relationship concerns.

 

Participant Materials Include:

  • General Instructions

 

Confidential Instructions for:

  • Ama Ata Fie (player)
  • Kofi Mwenchena (agent)

 

Teacher’s Package Includes:

  • All of the above
  • [Teaching note forthcoming]

 

Please note that the time required refers to actual online negotiating time. This simulation is typically conducted over several days of asynchronous e-mail communication.

 

Fie's Agent Attributes

Time required:
2-3 hours
Number of participants:
2
Teams involved:
No
Agent present:
Non-lawyer
Neutral third party present:
None
Scoreable:
No
Teaching notes available:
No
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If you wish to order multiple copies of a role simulation for use in a course or workshop, simply enter the total number of participants in the box next to “Participant Copies.” There is no need to calculate how many of each role is required; the Teaching Negotiation Resource Center will calculate the appropriate numbers of each role to provide, based on the total number of participants. For example, if you wish to order a 2-party role simulation for use with a class of 30 students, you would enter “30” in the box next to “Participant Copies.” You then would receive 15 copies of one role and 15 copies of the other role, for use with your 30 participants. As another example, if you ordered 30 participant copies of a 6-party role simulation, you would receive 5 copies of each role.

In the event that the number of participant copies you order is not evenly divisible by the number of roles in the simulation, you will receive extra copies of one or more roles. Participants receiving the extra roles may partner with other participants playing the same role, thus negotiating as a team. So, for instance, if you ordered 31 copies of a 2-party role simulation, you would receive 15 copies of the first role and 16 copies of the second role. One of the participants playing the second role would partner with another participant playing that same role, and the two would negotiate as a team.