All-American Texas A&M linebacker Von Miller, one of the plaintiffs in the antitrust lawsuit filed against the National Football League and the NFL Owners, confirmed he will be attending the NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall in April 2011. Miller is the only college player who is a plaintiff in the antitrust suit filed against the NFL on March 11, 2011, which, in part, claims that the NFL Draft is illegal and in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act. Ironic, isn’t it, that Miller will attend an event in which he feels strong enough to allege is a violation of a federal statute. Maybe the NFL and the NFL Owners should think about filing an injunction.
The NFLPA/Trade Association/Individual Players (or however they want to characterize themselves) filed an injunction seeking to prevent the NFL and the NFL Owners from receiving the estimated $4.5 billion in television revenue from the deal they negotiated with the different television networks in 2009 and 2010. The contract between the League and the networks stipulates that the networks will continue to be obligated to pay their rights fees to the League even if no NFL games are played during a locked-out season.
In addition to the requested injunction, the players are asking the court to award them a multimillion dollar compensatory and punitive damages award. The “main thing the players are seeking is to stop them (owners) from accessing the money”, said counsel for the players in that case. “It’s another way to make it less likely for the lockout to continue so the players can play.”
A hearing on this part of the ever-escalating dispute between the players and the owners has been set for May 12, 2011.