Ken Lanci, described as a self-made millionaire, owns a contract to buy tickets through a private seat license to Cleveland Browns games. Since the lockout means there might not be games for him to buy these tickets to, he’s suing for breach of contract, bad faith counts, and alleged contract interference. The basis of the suit revolves around, as it claims, that the NFL and the other 31 teams “conspired with the Browns and one another to lock out the players, without justification, resulting in the Browns’ breach of the PSL agreement”.
The case is seeking more than $50,000 in restitution and is set to go before Judge John P. O’Donnell. The NFL has four weeks to respond to the suit.
Now, not all of us have the money to hire a lawyer willing to sue the NFL. But wouldn’t it be awesome if something like this spiraled into a class action suit where fans could sign on as additional plaintiffs? I presume only those with an actual investment in a season, a la season tickets, would be able to join in- I can’t imagine there’s legal ground to simply say “but I wanna see football and this stinks!”. But just imagine if only half of the NFL’s season ticket holders actually joined in on something like that… boy, I bet the CBA would be resolved really quickly at that point, seeing as how the whole thing could theoretically be tossed out of court should a full season happen and no actual damages occur.