The answer depends on the Franchise Agreement you signed. I would also check the FDD you received to see if this was disclosed in Item 18 of the FDD. You can also contact the CA Attorney General's office and see if the Franchise/FDD is registered with the state. If not, you may be able to rescind (terminate) your contract and get your monies back.
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None of this makes sense.
Do you mean a real franchise with a franchise agreement and disclosure document?
You are a sports franchise? You obviously can't mean a professional sports franchise since every other person you would know would be a lawyer. If you are not a professional sports franchise, what are world champion athletes doing with you?
Your lack of details make this impossible to analyze.
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If you are a franchisee in a business format franchise, and other franchisees in the same system are celebrities who are receiving special treatment from the franchisor, then this MAY be a violation of your franchise agreement and/or a violation of state non-discrimination laws (which, in some states, prohibit unequal treatment of similarly-situated franchisees in the same state). Further analysis would depend on: (1) the specific language in your franchise agreement; (2) the choice of law provision in your franchise agreement; (3) whether your state has franchise laws for the benefit of the franchisee (if you are a California franchisee, then there are state franchise laws that may help); and, of course, (4) other particular facts of the situation.
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I agree with Rob's response. One additional point:
California also has a special rule relating to "negotiated sales," meaning franchise sales that are on terms other than those in the franchisor's registered franchise disclosure document. The franchisor's failure to comply with California's negotiated sales laws would be a serious issue, but many more facts would need to be known before you could determine whether that law has been violated. You may want to consult with an attorney familiar with California's franchise investment law, and in particular, the negotiated sales provisions of that law, to help you further.
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