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Browns fan sues team, NFL over PSL violation

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08:08 AM ET 03.25 | Where it goes from here isn't quite as interesting as the fact businessman Ken Lanci is trying to make a difference. [Lanci] sued the NFL, the Cleveland Browns and the league's 31 other teams on Thursday, aiming to save the upcoming football season. Lanci says in the suit that the lockout violates his private seat license contract with the Browns and jeopardizes his right to watch a full season of home games. He filed the suit in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, asking the court to prohibit the lockout that threatens to cancel the 2011-12 NFL season. ... He is in effect saying the lockout robs him of his right to watch games this season because his PSL contract gives him "exclusive use and possession" of 10 specified seats in Cleveland Browns Stadium.

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March 25, 2011  08:48 AM ET

Good for him

March 25, 2011  08:49 AM ET

Give them hell.

March 25, 2011  08:49 AM ET

Guess it depends on what the agreement says that he signed with the Browns.

March 25, 2011  08:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Good for him

why do you have a pic of rodent?

March 25, 2011  08:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

why do you have a pic of rodent?

It's Derrick Anderson. You just don't recognize him without the helmet.

March 25, 2011  08:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

why do you have a pic of rodent?

It's a prairie dog with a lightsaber! (Play video....)

March 25, 2011  09:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Guess it depends on what the agreement says that he signed with the Browns.

Yeah. And, is the NFL a party to the contract? If the agreement is totally with the Browns, then they can argue that the situation is beyond their control.

It would be funny, though, if the team greed which produced this PSL nonsense in the first place is what forces them back to the table.

March 25, 2011  09:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Yeah. And, is the NFL a party to the contract? If the agreement is totally with the Browns, then they can argue that the situation is beyond their control.It would be funny, though, if the team greed which produced this PSL nonsense in the first place is what forces them back to the table.

PSLs + Lock Out = The hell with 'em.

March 25, 2011  09:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

...It would be funny, though, if the team greed which produced this PSL nonsense in the first place is what forces them back to the table.

I wondered how long it would take for someone to file a suit of this nature, and how quickly the next ones will pop up.

March 25, 2011  09:14 AM ET

this guy is clearly a moron....why does he care what the NFL does, the Browns couldn't win a college national championship....EVER dork, go find another way to try to make money

March 25, 2011  09:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

I wondered how long it would take for someone to file a suit of this nature, and how quickly the next ones will pop up.

Right now, the real players-vs-owners lawsuit is sitting in line to be acted on. It's just another case to the court, even though the clock is ticking.

How long before cases like this get heard? Suppose we get a judge who agrees with the fans, and issues an injunction against the lockout? Could be fun. But, this case was filed in the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, which sounds like something straight out of the old Andy Griffith show. It's decisions will not be binding anywhere beyond where the river can be smelled.

March 25, 2011  09:16 AM ET

"exclusive use and possession" of 10 specified seats in Cleveland Browns Stadium...odd wording in this article, as it does not say anything about using the seats for Browns games.

March 25, 2011  09:19 AM ET

This suit will get tossed.

March 25, 2011  09:23 AM ET

This guy has brass ones--suing the NFL for depriving him of watching the Browns!!! He should get down on his knees and thank them

March 25, 2011  09:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

... How long before cases like this get heard? Suppose we get a judge who agrees with the fans, and issues an injunction against the lockout...

I would never insinuate that our fine legal system would engage in any activities that might be tinged with politics...

But - I could see some judge putting a case like this one on "the fast track".

March 25, 2011  09:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

He should get down on his knees and thank them

He already did that when they dumped The Mangina.

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March 25, 2011  09:48 AM ET

Weird, someone wants to watch Browns games?

BTW, I hate the universal condemnation of PSLs. PSLs are how Jerry Richardson built Carolina Stadium without using a single dime of taxpayer money. Yes, they can be used for evil, but they can also be used for good as well.

 
March 25, 2011  09:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

this guy is clearly a moron....why does he care what the NFL does, the Browns couldn't win a college national championship....EVER dork, go find another way to try to make money

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