Former announcer suing Mighty Ducks
Chris Madsen, the voice of the Mighty Ducks from day one through the 2001-2002 season, is suing the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and Disney for defamation and breach of contract according to an article in today's OC Register.
Madsen was let go after his contract expired in 2002 and claims that the Mighty Ducks have defamed him when talking to potential employers ever since. Madsen's lawyer, Michelle Reinglass, had this to say:
"Each time he would get close to closing a deal, it would suddenly stop when they would do their background check with the Ducks. The bottom line is it's one thing for the Ducks to have not renewed his contract, to basically fire him. It's another thing when they've gone out of their way to keep him from getting employed."
Madsen also claims that he was told he had nothing to worry about by Ducks officials as his contract neared expiration. Ducks officials also said that Madsen was "difficult to work with" and, according to the suit, insinuated to the media and the public that he wanted too much money.
Personal note: I met Chris Madsen outside of JT Schmidt's restaurant when I was raising money for the Beat the Avalanche fund. Chris was at a table across the way from me selling a book that he had co-written. He was very nice to me, my wife and my parents and was extremely nice to all the people he talked with that night. Even if he was "difficult to work with" while he was with the Mighty Ducks, that does not mean that Disney should do anything to keep him from being employed by others. If they are guilty of what he is accusing them of, I hope he wins his case. I also hope that he lands on his feet and we hear him on the air again someday. I always liked the job he did as Mighty Ducks announcer and I have nothing but good memories of him both on and off the air.