The other day, I received a pop up on my Rdio app. It was a blue bubble that read “Terms of Service”, no text, with the two options “Read” or “Agree.” This was the most blatant example I’d seen in a while of a service provider understanding that I probably don’t give a crap about whatever legalistic junk they’re contractually obligated to tell me about.
Still, I felt a little uncomfortable with the easy offer, so I clicked read (I’m ashamed to admit I read the first four sentences and then scrolled to agree).
Reading terms in your contract tends to be important. And now Harry Redknapp knows as much. He hinted his complex, clause-ridden contract with Spurs was what ultimately prevented him from taking the England job:
“I wouldn’t take it [the England job] now, no. Not now, not in the future,” Redknapp said in an interview with Twentyfour7 Football magazine. “That was my time, really, if I was going to get it. Last year there were a lot of things that went against me surrounding that massive contractual clause. People will always deny that is the reason, the FA couldn’t say that and I won’t say, but it didn’t help me.
“I had such a badly loaded contract it was crazy, in Tottenham’s favour. That’s what you get for not reading your contract properly. It was a massive amount that someone would have had to pay to get me out of it.”
So remember kids, read your contracts. Or at least make a cake for a lawyer friend to help you read your contract.