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Newz Forum: FOOTBALL: Steelers attorneys try to sack coercion suit

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posted on May, 31 2004 @ 05:25 AM
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PITTSBURGH (AP) - Attorneys for the Pittsburgh Steelers are asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit that alleges taxpayers in National Football League cities have been unfairly coerced into paying more than $3.5 billion to build new stadiums.
 

Team attorneys filed a motion in U.S. District Court, arguing that plaintiff Robert Warnock of Carrick lacks standing to pursue antitrust claims.

Warnock, who describes himself as a die-hard Steelers fan, seeks $200 million in punitive damages from the NFL and its 32 teams, and triple that amount if antitrust violations are found.

Warnock's lawsuit cites the case of the Pittsburgh Steelers' new stadium. The team contributed less than half the $281 million cost of Heinz Field, but reaps most of the financial benefit from it, the lawsuit charges.

A private taxpayer like Warnock is prohibited from pursuing antitrust claims by the Constitution and other federal court rulings, Steelers attorney Michael J. Manzo said in a motion filed last week.

Warnock claims NFL owners conspired to prevent competition. However, he does not claim the alleged conspiracy harmed his business or property, a claim required for antitrust actions, according to Manzo.

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posted on May, 31 2004 @ 09:34 AM
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It can be argued that the teams help provide revenue for the city, helping to porvide jobs and better the economy. I can agree with either side on that.
What I dont' like, being a Pennsylvanian, is that the state helped finance the new stadiums. Living in Central PA, there is no economic benefit that these stadiums bring.



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