Ex-MSG boss strikes out with Steinbrenner lawsuit

July 13, 2010 6:28:38 AM PDT
A judge has thrown out a lawsuit that accused New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner of breaking a promise to make a former Madison Square Garden president a big part of the team's television network.

Federal Judge Richard Sullivan said in a ruling Tuesday that Robert Gutkowski cannot under New York law rely on his claims that he and Steinbrenner had an oral agreement. He added that it was also too late to bring the claims.

Gutkowski sued Steinbrenner in August, saying he suggested creating the Yankees-operated television network more than a decade ago. He was seeking at least $43 million in damages.

Gutkowski's lawyer, Neil Brickman, says he is reviewing the ruling to see if his client has a realistic prospect if he appeals.