Browns fan sues over NFL lockout

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  1. TxDavid

    TxDavid Hall of Fame

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    San Antonio
    Interesting read. Wonder if this could turn into a class-action suit?


    TEXANRED Texan-American

    Jan 13, 2005
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    There is merit to this with the courts ruling against The American Needle merchandise company. They state that the teams act independently and operate as a single ententy to ensure the profitability of the league.

    Now here is the kicker, the law suit by the fan will most likely be ruled in favor of the NFL stating that a lockout falls in line with "collective decisions", but, at the same time all those small market teams that have claimed a right to equal profit sharing will have also lost any future rulings due to the antitrust laws.

    Competition law:

    Again, this guy is going to lose. He will lose based on The American needle ruling and he will also lose due to the fact the NFL will state they are acting on behalf of the consumer.

    However, the NFLPA could turn the league on itself by stating the league is losing money based on the smaller market teams lack of revenue and losses and therefore under the competition law protecting the inefficient competitor (Buffalo, Jacksonville, etc) they are not acting on behalf of the consumer and thus in violation of antitrust laws.

    The NFLPA could go so far as to demand the relocation of those teams or vote to absolve those teams that are in markets losing money and destroying the leagues competitive edge. Effectively the NFLPA would demand the NFL do what baseball did a few years ago.

    Now I know what you are thinking at this point, "So shouldn't this guy win?" The answer is no, due to the fact he is suing Cleveland. But once the courts rule in favor of Cleveland acting on behalf of the league the league will be exposed to the competition law.

    This is checkmate in 3 moves for smaller market teams. They are either going to get bought out for a ton of money or made move to larger more prosperous markets.

    What sucks is the owners are going to look like victims and the players villainized but you have got to know the owners knew what they were doing going into this.

    Can't wait for the San Antonio Vikings!
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