Allen, Lott sue NFLPA over Super Bowl party
Aug. 14, 1997
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Kansas City Chiefs running back Marcus Allen and two others are taking the NFL Players Association to court.
In an action filed in Jackson County Circuit Court on Wednesday, Allen charges illegal seizure of a Super Bowl-related business.
Attorney Jack Brady said in a news release that Allen, former NFL star Ronnie Lott and businessman Richard Simon were also suing the NFLPA's licensing subsidiary and its assistant executive director, Douglas Allen.
The lawsuit alleges unlawful seizure of ``The World's Largest Super Bowl Party,'' which was created by Marcus Allen, Simon and Lott, who played for most of his career for the San Francisco 49ers.
Brady said that by its second year in Atlanta, the party attracted more than 35,000 people.
The party is held every year in the city where the Super Bowl is played. Brady said attendance figures were uncertain since the NFLPA took over the venture in 1993.
``It has continued to be very successful. I believe the attendance in 1996 in Phoenix was about 60,000,'' Brady said.
``I'm extremely disappointed to be forced to take this action against an organization which has had my loyalty and respect for so long,'' Marcus Allen, a 15-year veteran and certain future Hall of Famer, said in the news release.
``But Doug Allen and the Players Association have acted in bad faith toward our venture and won't address the issues with us. It's terrible to be a dues-paying member of a union and be treated this way.''
Doug Allen, who is not related to Marcus Allen, called the charges ``entirely without merit.''
``Those accusations totally misrepresent the facts,'' Doug Allen said. ``That's a complete rewrite of history. It's unfortunate that players would present the facts with such reckless disregard for the truth.''
According to the release, the lawsuit charges that Lott, Simon and Marcus Allen in 1992 established ``The World's Largest Super Bowl Party,'' and that the NFLPA ``pursued and negotiated a partnership interest in the venture and operated it jointly as a partner with Super Party, Inc., owned by Allen, Lott and Simon.''
The lawsuit charges the Players Association group engaged in ``deceitful and fraudulent actions to seize control of the venture.''
Doug Allen said he had not seen a copy of the suit and did not know it was filed.
``If they say what they say in the release, this is a case without merit. We would expect to prevail because we have not done anything like this thing suggests,'' Allen said.