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Under NM Unemployment Law, the general rule is unemployment benefits
shall not be paid to individuals on the basis of services substantially all of which consist of participating in sports, athletic events or training or preparing to participate in such activities for any week of unemployment which occurs between two successive sports or athletic seasons.
NM Law specifically states in Section 51-1-5G NMSA 1978 –
"Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, benefits shall not be paid to any individual on the basis of any services substantially all of which consist of participating in sports or athletic events or training or preparing to participate for any week which commences during the period between two successive sport seasons, or similar periods, if such individual performed such services in the first of such seasons, or similar periods, and there is a reasonable assurance that such individual will perform such services in the latter of such seasons or similar periods."
So because there employment was for participating in or training for athletic events, they should not be eligible for any unemployment benefits for being a seasonal athletic employee.