Gentlemen's agreement

In Company Shocked at a Lady Getting up to Ring the Bell (1805) James Gillray caricatured "A widow and her suitors, who seem to have forgotten their manners in the intensity of their admiration."

Informal and legally non-binding agreement between two or more parties.

- Gentlemen's agreement

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Baseball color line

The color line, also known as the color barrier, in American baseball excluded players of black African descent from Major League Baseball and its affiliated Minor Leagues until 1947 (with a few notable exceptions in the 19th century before the line was firmly established).

William Edward White
Moses Fleetwood Walker of the Toledo Blue Stockings, circa 1884
Chief Bender
Jackie Robinson in 1954
Larry Doby in 1953
Bud Fowler

Racial segregation in professional baseball was sometimes called a gentlemen's agreement, meaning a tacit understanding, as there was no written policy at the highest level of organized baseball, the major leagues.

Gentlemen's Agreement of 1907

Japanese Day parade on Seattle's Second Avenue, 1909

The Gentlemen's Agreement of 1907 (日米紳士協約) was an informal agreement between the United States of America and the Empire of Japan whereby Japan would not allow further emigration to the United States and the United States would not impose restrictions on Japanese immigrants already present in the country.

Suzuki Hayabusa

Sports motorcycle made by Suzuki since 1999.

1999 Hayabusa
Fairing decal of the Japanese character 隼, peregrine falcon
Hayabusa cockpit
Burnout at the Brighton Speed Trials, 2008
Custom trophy winner with Hayabusa logo tattoo at Black Bike Week 2008
Oklahoma Highway Patrol Hayabusa
Suzuki GSX-R/4
Radical SR8
Bugatti 100P replica in progress in 2011

The response was a so-called gentlemen's agreement between the Japanese and European manufacturers to electronically limit the speed of their motorcycles to 200 hp.

Speed limiter

Governor used to limit the top speed of a vehicle.

Cut-away drawing of steam engine speed governor. The valve starts fully open at zero speed, and is closed as the balls rotate and rise. The speed sensing drive shaft is top right

BMW, Mercedes and others have entered into a gentlemen's agreement to a limit of 250 km/h, but may 'unhook' their speed limited cars in Europe, and Mercedes will provide some vehicles in the U.S. without limiters for an additional price.

Intention to create legal relations

Doctrine used in contract law, particularly English contract law and related common law jurisdictions.

The reasonable man would deem that the promise of a reward was intended to be binding.
Business transactions are presumed to be binding contracts.

However, "honour clauses" in "gentlemen's agreements" will be recognised as negating intention to create legal relations, as in Jones v Vernons Pools (where the clause "this agreement is binding in honour only" was effective).

Iron Chef

Japanese television cooking show produced by Fuji Television.

The seven Iron Chefs and Chairman Kaga in Kitchen Stadium. Left to right: Sakai, Ishinabe, Morimoto, Michiba, Chen, Nakamura, Kobe

Dr. Yukio Hattori: A gentlemen's agreement went on between the Chairman of Gourmet Academy (Kaga) and the President of Culinary Academy (Hattori) where the Doctor agreed to battle an Iron Chef. If he won, he would be given a spot alongside the Iron Chefs and if he lost he would keep working for Kaga. As he remained a commentator until the end of the series, one can easily deduce the outcomes of his two battles. Joël Robuchon was invited as a guest judge for the event, and Honorary Iron Chef Ishinabe served in a commentary role in Hattori's place for the battle. Hattori also battled Nakamura in his final battle with tuna as the theme owing to the longstanding Hattori-Nadaban rivalry, with Nakamura prevailing with tuna as the theme.

Risk (game)

Strategy board game of diplomacy, conflict and conquest for two to six players.

A game of Risk being played
Eight 'territory cards' from the 1963 UK set and the same from 1980 UK set. The latter were more accurate maps (northern 'Ukraine' and Greece in 'Southern Europe' are more accurate) and the cards were made of higher quality material.
A representation of the Risk game board, showing the different territories, an approximation of their borders, and an approximation of their usual coloring, the asterisk denoting the missing link in the 40th Anniversary Collector's Edition.
Example of matching up attacking (red) and defending (white) dice; in this dice roll, the defender loses two armies.
The Risk game board as a graph with intercontinental routes in grey and the asterisk denoting the route missing in the 40th Anniversary Collector's Edition

Thus players often form unofficial treaties for various reasons, such as safeguarding themselves from attacks on one border while they concentrate their forces elsewhere, or eliminating a player who has grown too strong.

Governor (device)

Device used to measure and regulate the speed of a machine, such as an engine.

Cut-away drawing of steam engine speed governor. The valve starts fully open at zero speed, and is closed as the balls rotate and rise. The speed sensing drive shaft is top right
Porter governor on a Corliss steam engine

German manufacturers initially started the "gentlemen's agreement", electronically limiting their vehicles to a top speed of 250 km/h, since such high speeds are more likely on the Autobahn.


Voluntary interconnection of administratively separate Internet networks for the purpose of exchanging traffic between the "down-stream" users of each network.

Diagram of the Layer 1 (physical) and Layer 2 (Data Link) topology of an Internet Exchange Point (IXP).
Diagram of the Layer 3 (network) topology of an Internet Exchange Point (IXP).

Throughout the history of the Internet, there have been a spectrum of kinds of agreements between peers, ranging from handshake agreements to written contracts as required by one or more parties.


Branding used for broadcasts of National Football League games that are produced by CBS Sports, the sports division of the CBS television network in the United States.

The NFL on CBS logo used beginning with the network's broadcast of Super Bowl LV on February 7, 2021, as part of CBS' unified branding.

Although NBC was to air this game under the current rotation, they traded with CBS for Super Bowl LVI, which falls during the 2022 Winter Olympics and is the first to be scheduled during an ongoing Olympic Games (this also upholds the untold gentleman's agreement between the NFL's broadcasters to not counterprogram the Super Bowl, as NBC also holds the U.S. broadcast rights to the Olympics).