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Soon to Be Lawsuit of the Day: Season Ticket Buyers v. Cleveland Cavaliers

LeBron I haven't had the slightest bit of interest in the NBA since ... well, not too long after I drank my last Yoo-Hoo. Which is why I found the "reverse paternity suit" far and away the most entertaining part of the LeBroncalypse.

But then, clearly suffering from temporary dementia in the wake of the King's announcement that he will join the Miami Heat next season, Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert released this open letter to the team's fans. There's a lot of whining about betrayal and hurt feelings. And then, in all caps, this:

"I PERSONALLY GUARANTEE THAT THE CLEVELAND CAVALIERS WILL WIN AN NBA CHAMPIONSHIP BEFORE THE SELF-TITLED FORMER ‘KING’ WINS ONE"

(Comic Sans in original).

Now, again, I have paid so little attention to professional basketball over the past several decades that I still think the Hornets live in Charlotte. And that Rex Chapman is still knocking down treys for them. So I'm in no real position to evaluate the probability that Gilbert's guarantee will be realized.

But I do suspect that some plaintiffs lawyer somewhere in the state of Ohio is preparing the shell of a promissory estoppel class action complaint on behalf of all fans who purchase 2010-11 season tickets in reliance on Gilbert's letter. Would such reliance be reasonable? Probably not. But, as I tell all my non-lawyer friends all the time, "Anyone can sue anyone for anything." God Bless America.

Posted by Eric Lipman on July 9, 2010 at 09:50 AM | Permalink | Comments (3)

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