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Lack of Talent on Basketball Court Leads to Class Action Lawsuit

At the end of November, as his team prepared to play its fourth game in five days against the Miami Heat in Miami, San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich decided to rest four of his team's best players -- Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Danny Green. In fact, Popovich put the four players on a plane home to San Antonio rather than having them travel with the team so that they could get a bit of extra rest. This left the Spurs, who were already playing without other key players Kawhi Leonard and Stephen Jackson due to injuries, with a makeshift lineup of just of nine, primarily bench players.

Despite the fact that the short-handed Spurs put up a tough fight and barely lost to the Heat by the score of 105-100, many fans who had purchased tickets to the game in question were disappointed that the Spurs chose to rest their players en masse for the game. Among the disappointed was a lawyer named Larry McGuinness, who reportedly paid a premium price on the resale market to obtain tickets to the game not knowing that Coach Pop planned to rest the starters.

ESPN reports that McGuinness is now striking back, and has filed a class action lawsuit in Miami-Dade County on behalf of all of the fans who, in his words, paid a premium for "porterhouse and they bring out cube steak." McGuinness argues that the Spurs' actions violated Florida's fair trade practices law. According to McGuinness, the Spurs "intentionally and surreptitiously" rested all of their best players without the knowledge of the league, the team and the fans attending the November 29 game, causing the fans to suffer "economic damages." The NBA has already fined the Spurs $250,000 over the matter. 

Posted by Bruce Carton on January 16, 2013 at 04:26 PM | Permalink | Comments (3)


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