While the rest of the world pays no attention to Brady v. NFL (a good explanation of which is beyond the scope of this blog but which can be found here) and simply hopes that super-rich athletes can find a way to divide an incomprehensible amount of money up with their super-duper-rich bosses, reg'lar folks like us have to settle for run-of-the-mill hopeless lawsuits, like the one that was filed this week against the Cleveland Browns:
A Cleveland businessman is suing the National Football League and its teams, claiming his right to buy tickets through his personal seat license has been violated because of the lockout. Ken Lanci, a self-made millionaire, has asked the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court to overturn the lockout that is threatening the 2011 NFL season.
He is seeking $25,000 in breach of contract from the Cleveland Browns and the same amount from the league and its teams for contract interference.
(Source.) I don't know much about Ohio state law, so let's hear from someone who does:
"He has effectively no chance of winning," said Ohio State University contract law Professor Larry Garvin.(Source.) Kind of like the Browns themselves, right? The plaintiff isn't asking just for damages -- $25,000 -- but also for an order ending the lockout, making this the first time, ever, that someone has demanded to watch the Browns play football.
Among the problems that Professor Garvin (and others) noted with this suit is that the fan bought the "permanent" license in 1997, so at best he's losing a fractional amount of the value, and also that the contract for purchasing the PSL includes a clause about what to do if there's labor disputes.
A more serious problem that went uncommented-on in the articles I read was this: he wants damages of $25,000 for not having to watch the Browns play? If you ask me, the NFL should countersue him for ingratitude. Now he can do something fun with his Sunday afternoons.