You may remember this story: back in November, NBA Czar David Stern was none too pleased that the San Antonio Spurs chose to send the team's top players home to rest after four games in a row on the road, instead going with the B-team for a game against the Miami Heat. Stern fined the Spurs $250K. (Oh yes, and by the way, the game was nationally televised. And, the B-team fought to a 105-100 loss, a result Detroit Pistons fans would likely find altogether satisfying.)
You might think that a quarter of a million dollar fine was the end of the story. But wouldn't you know, there was a lawyer at the game and he was disappointed enough by the whole send-Tim Duncan-Tony Parker-Manu Ginobili-&-Danny Green-home-thing to file a class action suit on behalf of the 16,000 fans who paid, he says, a premium price for "porterhouse" instead of "cube steak." This verbiage does not appear in his complaint. Instead, the complaint says that the Spurs violated Florida's fair trade practices law by "intentionally and surreptitiously" resting their best players without the knowledge of the league, the team, and the fans attending the game.
Should this lawsuit survive summary judgment, defense lawyers, start your disclaimer engines.