Three of New York’s high-profile quarterbacks – Eli Manning, Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow -- are on a long list of NFL players suing trading card manufacturer Upper Deck for unpaid royalties and autograph fees.
The NFL Players Association filed the lawsuit on behalf of over 235 players seeking $1.5 million, most of which ($1.25 million) is for the autographs. The player who is owed the most, according to reports on the court documents, is Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo with $180,000. Tebow is owed $84,000 and Manning $22,924.80 (which is the only one I saw that was down to the cent, not down to the dollar). Sanchez is owed $9,350.
The lawsuit, filed in New York this week, reportedly states that “it became apparent during the course of the discussions that Upper Deck did not intend to honor its contractual obligations” and the players “gave up hope that Upper Deck would honor its contractual commitments.” The lawsuit also states that Upper Deck does not dispute the money it owes and has offered to establish a payment plan.
Here is a story with a list of some of the players who are owed money.