NEWARK, N.J. -- The NFL's videotaping scandal of 2007 is headed back to court.
"What we're arguing is that professional sports is a business that has to respect the law just like any other business, and that teams that participate can't commit fraud on ticketholders," Mayer said Tuesday. "The Patriots had altered the rules of the game and were playing with advance knowledge of opponents' plays."
Mayer and co-counsel Bruce Afran also will argue that the Patriots violated federal racketeering laws as well as New Jersey's consumer protection laws by concealing material facts -- the existence of the videotaping -- from paying customers.
The suit calculated that because customers paid $61.6 million to watch eight "fraudulent" games, they're entitled to triple that amount -- or $184.8 million -- in compensation under racketeering and consumer fraud laws.
Mayer and Afran are appealing U.S. District Judge Garrett Brown Jr.'s dismissal of the case in March 2009 in Trenton. Shep Goldfein, an attorney representing the NFL in the matter, referred to Brown's ruling in which the judge wrote that a ticket seller only contracts to provide entry to a ticket holder "to view whatever event transpires."
"People pay hundreds of dollars for tickets and expect a fair game," Afran said. "It's not professional wrestling, where you know it's rigged."
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