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2011 NFL Lockout: Judge David Doty Back On The Case

By Editorial Staff
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According to the American Press the NFL players have put a number on how much money the league should pay back if it loses a court fight over $4 billion in television revenue.

That number wasn’t disclosed Thursday in court documents filed by attorneys for the players. But the exact amounts are certainly going to be in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

The players requested monies left on the table from 2009 and 2010 when the NFL re-negotiated broadcast contracts.

U.S. District Judge David Doty ruled earlier this month that the league failed to maximize revenue for both sides to share when it reached the new deals. Doty scheduled a hearing for May 12 to address the request for damages.

The players also asked Doty for relief from the lockout itself, while acknowledging the power to stop it rests with another judge in a hearing set for next week.

Failing a court-ordered resumption of league business, the players requested the $4 billion dollar war chest also be kept away from the owners, so continuing the lockout against the players will be difficult for them also.

The players are asking for at least three times the total amount of compensation awarded by the court. They cited precedent for “exemplary damages” due to the NFL owners by rigging the TV deals to build the war chest that would bring in money even if no games are played in 2011.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello declined to comment specifically on the filing, saying only that this is all just part of the process. The league’s response is due by April 21.

Doty ruled March 1st that the NFL did not act in the best interests of the players to maximize TV revenue in the last round of contract extensions with the networks.