Published November 20, 2014
Despite a federal appeals court's unanimous ruling against his $185 million lawsuit over the 2007 "Spygate" controversy, a Jets fan said he plans to appeal to the Supreme Court, The Wall Street Journal's Metropolis blog reported Thursday citing Reuters.
The fan, Carl Mayer, a lawyer in Princeton, N.J. sued the New England Patriots, their coach, Bill Belichick, and the National Football League, claiming that in spying on the Jets coaches, Belichick and the Patriots interfered with the outcome of the game, thus defrauding consumers.
During the opening game of the 2007 season, the Patriots defeated Gang Green 38-14, but were later found to be illegally taping video signals from Jets coaches. Roger Goodell, the NFL commissioner, fined Belichick $500,000, took away a first-round draft pick and fined the team $250,000.
In the suit, Mayer said that Jets fans spent $61 million to watch eight Jets vs. Patriots games from 2000 -- when Belichick became the Patriots' coach -- through 2007. He sued for triple that amount, citing federal racketeering laws, Reuters reported. Mayer also sued the NFL for allegedly destroying the videotapes.