Today, the Jets and Patriots intense rivalry is moving from the football field to a courtroom. Carl J. Mayer, Jets season-ticket holder, and, most important, a lawyer, has filed a lawsuit accusing the Patriots of fraud as a result of their spygate scandal.
He’s claiming the Pats and their coach, Bill Belichick, owe fans $184 million in compensation stemming from the infamous incident on Sept. 9, 2007, when a Patriot employee was caught videotaping the Jets’ defensive signals.”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.”
Many fans already suspect that many games are fixed or the outcome is already determined and the Patriots getting caught red-handed was a black eye for the NFL. The Patriots were a dynasty when the scandal broke and now many fans are left wondering just how much they cheated during their magical run. Football is not pro wrestling. Fans pay their hard earned money to watch a competitive hard-fought game and if teams are cheating to gain an advantage, this could affect the way people perceive the NFL.