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GMJ Exclusive: Football League Facing Mayo Lawsuit

4:45 PM, Mar 2, 2011   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The United Football League faces a big battle off the field after the Mayo Clinic filed a lawsuit, accusing the football league of failing to pay medical bills.

The lawsuit, filed last month in Duval County Circuit Court, says the UFL racked up $224,500 in charges from the Mayo Clinic, including $191,000 for player physicals, $23,536 for radiology and $10,000 for an advisor fee.

In its lawsuit obtained by First Coast News, lawyers for the Mayo Clinic said the UFL made periodic payments, but $95,200 is still owed. Mayo sent UFL a bill with the $95,200 amount on July 19, 2010, and the hospital reports no payments from the UFL since then.

The Mayo Clinic now seeks a jury trial and judgment against the UFL for damages, late fees, attorneys' fees and "other relief," according to the lawsuit.

A UFL spokesperson, Michael Preston, declined to talk about the lawsuit. But in response to questions about the UFL's viability in the face of lawsuits, Preston said, "Payments are being made to vendors and there will be a 2011 season. ... The owners and investors are committed to us going ahead this season."

The Mayo Clinic declined to comment about pending litigation.

The UFL, based in Jacksonville even though there are no local teams, is hoping to fill a football void if the NFL goes into lockout.

But the UFL is facing at least three lawsuits from businesses that accuse them of failing to pay bills.

The Sacramento Business Journal reported in February that a public relations firm, Runyon Saltzman & Einhorn Inc., filed a lawsuit against the UFL. The company is asking for more than $250,000, alleging breach of contract.

The Dallas Observer reported that Mark Cuban, whose HDNet televised UFL games, is owed $5 million and he also filed a lawsuit. That prompted the following headline on ProFootballTalk.com: "Mark Cuban lawsuit launches UFL death watch."

First Coast News

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