Spurs sued by lawyer for resting players vs the Heat

Spurs sued by lawyer for resting players vs the Heat

Postby Basketball Fan on Wed Jan 16, 2013 4:58 pm

Yeah buddy someone tried this when the Colts threw away the perfect season a couple years back and they got squat...

http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/88472 ... op-players

Suit claims Spurs violated state law


Spurs Sued By Lawyer For Resting Players

The San Antonio Spurs are being sued by a lawyer who is alleging the team violated the state of Florida's deceptive and fair trade practices law.

The San Antonio Spurs are being sued by a lawyer who is alleging the team violated the state's deceptive and fair trade practices law.

On Monday, Larry McGuinness filed a class-action suit in Miami-Dade County, stating Spurs coach Gregg Popovich "intentionally and surreptitiously" sent their best players home without the knowledge of the league, the team and the fans attending the Nov. 29 game against the Miami Heat. McGuinness contends that he, as well as other fans, "suffered economic damages" as a result of paying a premium price for a ticket that shouldn't cost more.

Before the game, Popovich sent Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Danny Green back to San Antonio, saying that he believed that resting his top players for their fourth game in five days was a smart decision.

Even though players aren't guaranteed to play at any time, the lines are a little more blurred because teams charge fans more to attend games versus better teams. When asked how he thought the fans felt, Popovich admitted at the time that it wasn't ideal.

"If I was taking my 6-year-old son and daughter to the game, I would want them to see everybody," Popovich said. "And if they weren't there, I'd be disappointed."

It's often assumed that fans might not see certain high-profile players because of injury, but McGuinness said this was different, given that all of the top players were not available to play.

"It was like going to Morton's Steakhouse and paying $63 for porterhouse and they bring out cube steak," said McGuinness, who said he bought his ticket on the resale market. "That's exactly what happened here."

NBA commissioner David Stern apologized to fans for Popovich's decision at the time, calling it "unacceptable." Days later, the NBA, which is not named as a defendant in this case, fined the team $250,000.

Some might argue that the Heat's fans got their money's worth. That's because the team barely beat the undermanned Spurs that night 105-100. McGuinness said that doesn't mean a game with the Spurs' top players couldn't have been more exciting.

McGuinness said he didn't believe the Spurs were served with the lawsuit yet.

Spurs spokesman Tom James said the team would have no comment.
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Re: Spurs sued by lawyer for resting players vs the Heat

Postby S.R.05 on Wed Jan 16, 2013 7:54 pm

ridiculous

"It was like going to Morton's Steakhouse and paying $63 for porterhouse and they bring out cube steak," said McGuinness, who said he bought his ticket on the resale market. "That's exactly what happened here."


actually it's not like that you publicity hound a**hat
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Re: Spurs sued by lawyer for resting players vs the Heat

Postby Kasumi on Wed Jan 16, 2013 8:29 pm

The Spurs have done this a ton of times, coaches have the right to make strategic decisions about personnel. The only reason this time was a big deal is because it was against the Heat and on national TV. But no one can argue that it wasn't a competitive game.
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Re: Spurs sued by lawyer for resting players vs the Heat

Postby 432J on Wed Jan 16, 2013 11:24 pm

so much for the spurs being the "most boring team in the NBA"

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Re: Spurs sued by lawyer for resting players vs the Heat

Postby Basketball Fan on Fri Mar 29, 2013 6:31 pm

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Miami Man's Lawsuit Dismissed Against Spurs for Sitting Stars Against Heat




In today's "no [Swearing is not permitted at Clublakers. You must edit this post prior to submitting.]" legal news, a lawsuit brought on by a Miami man against the San Antonio Spurs after the team decided to send its star players home during a road game against the Miami Heat has been dismissed.

The lawsuit was filed by local lawyer Larry McGuinness, and he claimed the Spurs violated Florida's deceptive and fair trade practices law.

McGuinness claims the he and the 16,000 other fans in attendance had payed premium ticket prices for what they thought would be a matchup between the starting lineup of two of the biggest powerhouses in the NBA. Instead, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich decided to send starters Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Danny Green home on a plane before the game.

"You're advertised to get one thing, and you get something totally different and that's the nature of the lawsuit," McGuinness told CBS4 News at the time. He compared the incident to paying for a porterhouse but getting cube steak in return. That of course ignores the fact that the game actually turned out to be surprisingly close.

Though the team was fined $250,000 by the NBA for the decision, the Spurs will not have to face actual legal action.

According to the AP, McGuinness has now decided to voluntary drop all claims.
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