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.