Yahoo! Columnist Sued For Failure to Meet Deadline for Jim Valvano Bio
The New York Post reported that Penguin Books has filed a suit in federal court in Manhattan seeking to recoup a $140,000 advance from Adrian Wojnarowski, an NBA columnist with Yahoo! Sports. The suit maintains that Wojnarowski originally promised a 130,000-word book on Valvano by August, 2007. When he didn't meet that deadline, the Post reported, the initial advance of $400,000 was reduced to $325,000.
According to the Post, Penguin gave Wojnarowski a final deadline of June 1. When that deadline came and went without a manuscript, Penguin canceled the contract and demanded a repayment of $140,000. Penguin maintained that Wojnarowski ignored the cancellation letter as well as a July letter offering terms for repayment of the $140,000.