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Tom Brady, Peyton Manning are Named Plaintiffs in NFL Lawsuit

By Jason Beahm on March 15, 2011 1:04 PM

Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees are known for being top-notch competitors on the gridiron, but what about in the courtroom?

The All-pro NFL quarterbacks are listed along with Vincent Jackson, Mike Vrabel, and Von Milleras as plaintiffs in a class-action antitrust lawsuit filed against the NFL. They allege that the league and teams "have jointly agreed and conspired to deny plaintiffs the ability to provide and/or market their services," Reuters reports.

The case was filed in the U.S. District Court in Minneapolis. Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and the rest of the plaintiffs are requesting an injunction to keep the NFL and team owners from locking out players.

The NFL Players Association (NFLPA) and the NFL have been negotiating for months for a new collective bargaining agreement but negotiations have broken down. The NFLPA recently dissolved itself in a legal maneuver.

"This is no different than any other industry where the parties scare each other with lawsuits ... There's a lot of time between now and a true litigation Armageddon ... It's still just a dollars issue, and if you're fighting over $500 million, that seems like a lot, but not relative to the $9 billion you'd be giving up by not playing," said Gabe Feldman, director of the sports law program at Tulane University Law School, referring to the NFL's revenue last year, The New York Times reports.

The 52-page lawsuit was filed after labor talks between the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) and the NFL broke down and the players union applied to dissolve itself.

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