The Right to be a Millionaire
Football is America's most popular sport and has grown into a billion dollar industry over the past decade. With the lock-out and the law suit, however, looks like the 2011 season is in jeopardy.
The super-star quarterbacks' lawsuit, formally known as Brady vs NFL, was filed in the U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, MN and asserts an antitrust claim against the storied league while seeking an injunction to terminate the lockout.
The quarterbacks are represented in Minneapolis by the Berens Miller law firm. The league is in the good hands of Attorney Aaron Van Ort, a former law clerk to both SCOTUS Justice Antonin Scalia and well-known 7th Circuit Judge Richard Posner.
Another Justice Scalia connection: The players' case, initially assigned to U.S. District Judge Richard Kyle who promptly recused himself, was re-assigned to Judge Patrick Schiltz, also a former Scalia law clerk.
For their part, the owners, on average only slightly wealthier than the league's star players, are claiming poverty in the complexity of operating a modern football franchise.
While millions of NFL fans wait to see whether there will be a season, and drafted rookies wait to see whether they will become newly minted millionaires, the attorneys in the case will be walking away with millions in legal fees.
Now go count your money.