According to some news reports, LeBron James made a promise that he would win an NBA championship for the city of Cleveland. On July 8, the fulfillment of that promise evaporated when James announced his “decision” to play for the Miami Heat. Just like the fans in Cleveland, we all experience broken promises. But while sports fans cannot enforce an athlete’s promise to deliver a championship, the law does protect innocent parties to a broken contract. In many situations, such protection does not have to come through litigation.