The next shot in the NFL-Players legal world was fired on July 7. The Attorney General for the state of New York has announced they don't want to miss out on the legal fun and games:
"While we are hopeful that the NFL and its players will reach an agreement to end the ongoing lockout in the near future, this office will take all appropriate steps to protect New Yorkers, many of whom rely on the significant economic activity generated by the NFL," Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Thursday." MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press
The state of New York will take a look at (insert a ominous music intro) possible anti-trust violations by the league under the New York state's Donnelly Act.
"The Act prohibits price fixing, bid rigging, territorial and customer allocations, monopolization, boycotts, and tying arrangements, among other practices. The Act permits the Attorney General to bring an action for civil fines up to $1,000,000 for corporations and $100,000 for individuals. Private parties may also bring lawsuits to enjoin these practices and obtain treble damages. Violation of the Donnelly Act is also a felony, punishable by a criminal fine of up to $1,000,000 for corporations and up to $100,000 and 4 years imprisonment for individuals." U.S. Legal.com
The action is being brought about due to losses being incurred by New York business owners and individuals that stand to lose or have lost revenue due to the lockout. Some teams have already canceled pre-season plans. The New York Jets have already canceled their visit to a Cortland college that could cost local businesses $4.5 million.
It will be interesting to see what comes of the Attorney General requesting NFL team records back to 2008, giving the league 10 days to provide the documents. The A.G. contends the NFL may have acted as an illegal cartel since there was do place for the players to find comparable work... Hmmm?
After the win at the 8th Circuit today, one would have to wonder if the NFL even took a moment to celebrate. The state Attorneys General train is leaving the station and the seats are going to fill fast with other A.G's seeing a chance to show voters they care... Think Big Tobacco. Think of all the happy lawyers and millions in trebled damages they will begin to drool over...
The lockout had better end before it takes a turn into the surreal labyrinth of state courts.