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Fans sue NFL, Giants, Jets over New York names in Meadowlands

It’s quite an Ave Mary!

Two New York football fans have called an audible in their $6 billion class action lawsuit against the Jets, Giants and the National Football League.

They changed their suit, which originally called for both teams to pack their pads and leave the Garden State for the Big Apple.

Now they’re making a slightly handier request — teams can stay in New Jersey, but must drop “New York” from their names.

“New York City is the Big Apple, home of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, Wall Street and the stock market, Broadway musicals, confetti parades…” reads the amended lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court last month.

“MetLife Stadium is located in the swamps of East Rutherford, NJ…, the 116th largest city in New Jersey with a population of less than 10,000. It’s not exactly an exciting and romantic destination[,] and the Giants, Jets and MetLife Stadium have absolutely no affiliation with New York City, County or State.”

New York Jets
MetLife Stadium is only 7 miles from Manhattan.
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The Giants fled the Empire State for the not-so-green Meadowlands in 1976, and the Jets followed 8 years later. Both teams now share MetLife Stadium, having previously played at Meadowlands in the former Giants Stadium.

Plaintiffs Abdiell Suero and Maggie Wilkins insist they were fooled by false advertising and other deceptive practices of deception into believing the Giants and Jets were still playing in New York and spent some significant greens to Blue Blue and Gang Watching Green play at MetLife Stadium.

Suero, who describes himself as an avid football fan, told The Post he was shocked to discover his beloved Giants actually called home in East Rutherford, NJ a few years ago. By then it was too late because he had already bought tickets.

Disgusted New York Giants fan
Giants 2022 first-round pick Evan Neal recently admitted that even he thought Big Blue was playing in New York.
Robert Sabo

The Manhattan-based financial rep joked the experience had been as unbearable as watching Joe Judge coach the Giants in recent years — and moving to MetLife made the experience worse.

“I spent more time traveling to get to the game than the game actually took,” said Suero, 32, the sole plaintiff in the original complaint filed in January.

After the league and clubs derided the request for teams to return to New York like it was a “butt grope” from Mark Sanchez, the complaint was amended with the new demand late last month.

The amended requirement also requires MetLife Stadium to drop its “cashless” concession policy, in place since last season, as violating New Jersey law. A second plaintiff was added Wilkins, a native of New Mexico who now makes his home in the Big Apple.

The class action case is also said to represent anyone who has been enticed by teams’ marketing to attend NFL games at the stadium since 2016.

Suero and Wilkins escalated their argument on Monday.

Her attorney, Evan Spencer, filed legal filings stating that MetLife Stadium and the rest of the swampy Meadowlands were once a haven for lawbreakers who illegally dumped toxic waste — as well as traditional garbage disposal companies — and should never be confused with the Big Apple.

“Not only is the Meadowlands not in New York, but it was the site of one of the largest garbage dumps in the country for decades before the Defendants’ Stadiums were built on it,” Spencer wrote, calling for the case to move forward.

He also claimed the defendants only recently took down the MetLife Stadium website after the lawsuit was filed to clarify that the venue was not in New York.

The NFL, Jets and Giants filed legal filing on April 25 to dismiss the lawsuit, insisting that the teams’ “continued use of ‘New York’ as part of their team names is not at all misleading — it merely refers to the hometown of the teams.”

“These allegations are intended to hit the headlines — not the courtroom,” her attorneys wrote.

They also noted that MetLife is only 7 miles from Manhattan — which is well within the 75-mile radius covering the teams’ NFL territory rights, which cover portions of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

Still, Giants 2022 first-round pick Evan Neal recently admitted that even he thought Big Blue was playing in New York until he was drafted by the club last month.

“I didn’t even know the Giants were in Jersey. So that was new to me.” said the Florida native and former University of Alabama star, laughing while addressing reporters two weeks ago. “I thought they were in New York.”

https://nypost.com/2022/05/14/fans-sue-nfl-giants-jets-over-ny-name-in-meadowlands/ Fans sue NFL, Giants, Jets over New York names in Meadowlands

JOE HERNANDEZ

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