Friday, March 25, 2011

Your NFL Strike Update: A Fan Lawsuit (Rich vs. Rich--Day 14)

Ken Lanci/Courtesy:
We've now hit the 2-week mark in the NFL Strike/Lockout and low and behold, our 1st lawsuit by someone other than the NFL or NFLPA. Now granted, it may get tossed out of court, but it raises many of the same questions that we have.

Cleveland businessman Ken Lanci would be your plaintiff in the case. He is claiming among other things, that the lockout violates his PSL with the Browns and will possibly not allow him to watch a full season of home football games.

The story, from the Cleveland Plain-Dealer RIGHT HERE

Read Lanci's Lawsuit, which is versus not only the NFL, but the Browns and every team that plays in the NFL. The PDF is RIGHT HERE (thanks

Here's a quote from Mr. Lanci "What tipped the scale for me is the labor issue between millionaires and billionaires and the fact they can't settle it when the country is in a recession" "Worse yet, they have to rub it in our faces"

Sound familiar? We've said essentially the same thing for 10 of the past 13 days. And we don't even own a PSL (We can't afford it and don't live in the same town as our favorite team).

God, we hope a court will take this suit seriously. The Personal Seat License (PSL) is one of the biggest scams in the history of business. And we can remember when the scam began back in the early '90's.

How can it be legal to have to pay a significant amount of money for the right to purchase a seat? And yet NFL fans have blindly done it...for years.

For someone like Mr. Lanci, who apparently is fairly wealthy himself, it probably isn't that big of a deal. For the fan who makes $30,000 a year and has to support a house and family, it's a really big deal. And yet Mr. $30,000 gladly dishes out the money. And they don't hesitate to do it.

We we sneer at both the Owners and the Players when they say they are on the side of the "Fans". No, you aren't. You never have been. You never will.

Unfortunately, they both know that the minute they finally but their gargantuan egos aside and come to an agreement, the fans will flock back. Without thought and without hesitation. We'd love to help be the driver of change, to have the fans walk away...even if its just for a couple of weeks, to send a message. To tell both sides in this incredibly stupid "Lockout" to shut up, split your damn billions of dollars and go back to doing what you do. But don't assume that we support or can relate to any of you, we can't.

If only we could let them know that fan loyalty isn't blind when it comes to stupid "Lockouts", then maybe they might understand. It's not the "Corporate, PSL loving, Luxury Box giving RICH PEOPLE" that made you what you are, its Mr. $30,000 and people just like him who either make you a success at the box office or a complete and abject failure.

Here's some video of the last Monday Night Football game in 1987, before the strike hit that season:

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