Ken Lanci, a businessman in Cleveland, is suing the Browns and the NFL’s 31 other teams over the lockout.
Technically, this means that a fan is suing the Redskins, for a change.
Lanci’s lawsuit contends that the lockout violates his private seat license agreement with the Browns and jeopardizes his right to an entire season of home games. He also is asking the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court to bar the lockout.
“What tipped the scale for me is the labor issue between millionaires and billionaires and the fact they can't settle it when the country is in a recession,” Lanci told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “Worse yet, they have to rub this in our faces.”
Lanci, according to the Plain Dealer, is a 60-year-old “self-made millionaire [who] ran as an independent for Cuyahoga County executive last year in a mostly self-financed campaigned. He lost. But he became known, partly for his thick white hair that contrasted with the orange glow he gained from his personal tanning bed.” He purchased PSLs, which gives fans the right to purchase a season ticket for a specific seat, for 10 seats in Cleveland Browns Stadium in October 1997.
“The owners and players can't decide what to do with an extra billion dollars between them,” Lanci said. “I have the perfect solution. That one billion should go to all cities that gave them money to build football stadiums they couldn't afford to build. This would give these cities badly needed tax relief.”
’Bout time fans took matters into their own hands.