As the saying goes (sort of), live by the lawyer, die by the lawyer.
With the NFL and the NFLPA* knee deep in a pit of barristers, a PSL holder in Cleveland has opted to sue the Browns and the other 31 teams for threatening to renege on his right to watch pro football from his rented seat space.
According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Ken Lanci has asked the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court to prohibit the lockout that was launched nearly two weeks ago.
“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,” Lanci said. “Worse yet, they have to rub this in our faces.”
Preach it, Ken.
“The owners and players can’t decide what to do with an extra billion dollars between them,” Lanci said. “I have the perfect solution. That one billion should go to all cities that gave them money to build football stadiums they couldn’t afford to build. This would give these cities badly needed tax relief.”
Now you’re talking, Ken.
And even though the players haven’t been sued, Lanci had some choice words for their position in this mess.
“The players union says NFL owners are offering what will be the worst deal ever,” Lanci said. “Really? How about being unemployed? Right now they get 59 percent of the take, and that’s beyond comprehension.” (Actually, it’s only roughly 50 percent, but it still works out to a lot of money.)
So where is this heading?
“At the end of the day, [Cuyahoga County Common Pleas] Judge John P. O’Donnell has to judge if this suit has merit or not,” Lanci said, “but I’m sure the court of public opinion will certainly weigh in on this.”
Hopefully, it will. Only external pressure will break this impasse. Though most assume it eventually will come from Congress, a fan revolt could get it done, too.
And if this lawsuit sparks that movement, Ken Lanci should get a bust in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.