NFL Players File Federal Antitrust Class Action Against The NFL

Posted on: March 16th, 2011 by Steve Larson

A class action lawsuit has been filed against the National Football League (the “NFL”) and NFL team owners in the United States District for the District of Minnesota.  The case is Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Vincent Jackson, Ben Leber, Logan Mankins, Peyton Manning, Von Miller, Brian Robison, Osi Umenyiora and Mike Vrabel v. National Football League, et al., Class Action Case No. 11-CV-00639-PJS-JJG).

The complaint alleges that the NFL and the NFL team owners jointly agreed and conspired to deny Plaintiffs the ability to provide and/or market their services in the major league market for professional football players through an unlawful boycott and price-fixing arrangement.  The complaint also alleges that the NFL and NFL team owners imposed anticompetetive restrictions on player movement, free agency and competitive market freedom, all in violation of federal antitrust laws.

The NFL team owners named as defendants in the NFL lockout antitrust class action lawsuit complaint reportedly include Arizona Cardinals, Inc., Atlanta Falcons Football Club LLC, Baltimore Ravens Limited Partnership, Buffalo Bills, Inc., Panthers Football LLC, Chicago Bears Football Club, Inc., Cincinnati Bengals, Inc., Cleveland Browns LLC, Dallas Cowboys Football Club, Ltd., Denver Broncos Football Club, Detroit Lions, Inc., Green Bay Packers, Inc., Houston NFL Holdings LP, Indianapolis Colts, Inc., Jacksonville Jaguars Ltd., Kansas City Chiefs Football Club, Inc., Miami Dolphins, Ltd., Minnesota Vikings Football Club LLC, New England Patriots, LP, New Orleans Louisiana Saints, LLC, New York Football Giants, Inc., New York Jets Football Club, Inc., Oakland Raiders LP, Philadelphia Eagles Football Club, Inc., Pittsburgh Steelers Sports, Inc., San Diego Chargers Football Co., San Francisco Forty Niners Ltd., Football Northwest LLC, The Rams Football Co, LLC, Buccaneers Limited Partnership, Tennessee Football, Inc. and Washington Football, Inc.