Donald Trump and the USFL

Donald Trump likes to sue people and he makes no secret about it.

Sometimes he sues people who write things he doesn't like. Other times he sues people when he doesn't get his way.

And sometimes he sues people because they've crushed his dream of being a professional football owner.

In 1986 Trump, owner of the New Jersey Generals, and the other USFL owners sued the NFL, claiming the league had bullied the television networks in to not carrying USFL games.

The decision to file a lawsuit was a big gamble. The league was struggling and hoped that the damages it asked for would fix its troubled finances. Originally the owners sued forĀ $567 million, but under antitrust laws, that would have tripled to $1.7 billion.

The suit did not go as planned.

After a 42 day trial, a jury agreed with the USFL owners, that the NFL was a monopoly and had used predatory tactics to maintain that monopoly.

That's where the good news ended. The jury ruled that the USFL had doomed itself by switching to a fall schedule and that the NFL hadn't forced the USFL off the air.

The Trump and his fellow USFL owners were awarded $1. Which under antitrust laws became $3.

And shortly after that the USFL folded and along with Trump's dreams of owning a professional football franchise.

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