Intrepid GBH commenters DecadePlan and fletcher.massie recently blasted this brief report by Christian Dennie of Barlow Garsek & Simon, LLP out to social media, which shortly made its way to Bruce Feldman:
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Interesting pt raised by a Texas attorney abt Manziel, autograph brokers & an obscure Texas statute: <a href="http://t.co/7OKySFzhFB">http://t.co/7OKySFzhFB</a></p>— Bruce Feldman (@BFeldmanCBS) <a href="https://twitter.com/BFeldmanCBS/statuses/368038430648713216">August 15, 2013</a></blockquote>
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It focuses on Texas legislation passed in 1987 that could hold the autograph brokers liable for their actions. Basically, if they knowingly violated the NCAA rules and Manziel is punished/suspended, the University would be able to file suit against the brokers. As Dennie says:
This would give Texas A&M University the authority to file suit against the autograph hounds if it or Manziel receives punishment from the NCAA. Accordingly, pursuant to Sections 131.006 and 131.007 of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code, Texas A&M University's damages may include "lost television revenues and lost ticket sales of regular season and post-season athletic events" and "reasonable attorney’s fees and costs." Certainly, if Manziel is not on the field for the Aggies, there could be substantial losses in revenue.
That's quite a bit of revenue to consider if you're an autograph broker. Could be an interesting development.