July 5 (Bloomberg) -- National Football League retirees filed an amended lawsuit in federal court in Minnesota to protect their pension rights as the league continued to negotiate with team owners on a lockout that threatens the upcoming season.
In a revised complaint asking for class-action, or group, status, the retirees seek an order to stop discussions between the NFL and its Players Association “aimed at injuring retired NFL players” and to award unspecified triple damages.
“They have a right to allocation of revenue” and officials “are ignoring the voice of the retirees,” Michael Hausfeld, a Washington-based lawyer for the plaintiffs, said in a telephone interview today.
The NFL is the richest in U.S. pro sports. The players and owners are quarreling about how to split about $9 billion in revenue. Other issues include extending the season from 16 to 18 games and providing a salary cap for rookies.
The second amended complaint, filed yesterday, includes as plaintiffs Carl Eller, Marcus Allen, Franco Harris and Obafemi Ayanbadejo.
The case is Brady v. NFL, 0:11-cv-00639, U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (St. Paul).
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