NFLPA Files Court Papers Seeking Injunction Over TV Revenues
The NFLPA Thursday filed court papers in federal court in Minnesota seeking a multimillion dollar compensatory and punitive damages award, as well as an injunction seeking to prevent the NFL from receiving more than $4B in television revenues if no NFL games are played during the lockout. The players’ brief asks U.S. District Court Judge David Doty, to award damages and grant the injunction. A hearing is set on the matter for May 12.
The “main thing the players are seeking is to stop them from accessing the money" from the television contracts that would have been paid even if no games are played, said Jeffrey Kessler, counsel for the players in that case, which is Reggie White v the NFL. "It's another way to make it less likely for the lockout to continue so the players can play and that is the No. 1 objective," Kessler said. NFL Senior VP/Communications Greg Aiello responded to the filing in an e-mail, saying, "It is part of the process in the case. Our response is due April 21."