Nick Saban already dominates the football and recruiting scenes in the state of Alabama. Now, provided a lawsuit goes his way, he might be on the verge of adding the luxury-car game to that list.
According to John Huddleston of FOX6 News in Birmingham, Ala., Saban has been subpoenaed in he and a partner's attempt to open a Mercedes-Benz franchise dealership.
Here are the details behind the request:
Saban is not named as a defendant in the suit, which is between Crown Automobile in Hoover and Mercedes-Benz USA. Crown claims that allowing Saban and his business partner to build a new dealership in Irondale will infringe on their market and violate the Alabama Motor Vehicle Franchise Act.
The subpoena served to Saban asks that he turn over all correspondence relating to the venture including documents, emails, notes and even text messages.
Per Huddleston, Saban also released a statement through his lawyer, Robert Plott, which said the following:
My partner and I have entered into a letter agreement with Mercedes-Benz to open a new dealership in Irondale. We are honored to join the Mercedes family and are extremely excited about the benefits this dealership will bring to the citizens of Birmingham, Irondale and surrounding areas.
If he complies with the subpoena's request, as Plott suggests he will, Saban will be one court ruling away from opening the dealership in Irondale, Ala.
He is a lifelong Mercedes-Benz enthusiast who has long held interest in opening a car dealership, as noted in a speech he gave this January, according to Joe Schad of ESPN.com:
This would be a dream come true.
According to Jeremy Gray of AL.com, a Baton Rouge Mercedes-Benz dealership owner named Joe Agresti has helped Saban with the purchase and provided some details on the transaction—including the fact that Saban's wife, Terry, will be partners in its ownership.
Agresti also said that the land has been purchased for the dealership in Irondale, but construction on the venue has been delayed until the court proceedings clear up.
He also made clear that, because of Mercedes-Benz policy, the dealership will not be allowed to bear Saban's name despite the ostensible boost in accompanying revenue.
Instead, Saban, who is too busy running his football team to oversee the day-to-day ownership of the business, will spend most of his time making special appearances and shilling the property in commercials.
"You'll get to see his smiling face on TV often," said Agresti, according to Gray's report.
The court proceedings still need to take place before the dealership can be built, though Agresti and Saban both sounded confident about its chances in the statements they have issued.
Courtesy of AL.com, the full contents of Saban's subpoena can be found here.
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