GUTKOWSKI v. STEINBRENNER
680 F.Supp.2d 602 (2010)
Robert M. GUTKOWSKI, Plaintiff,
George STEINBRENNER III, Defendant.
No. 09 Civ. 7535(RJS).
United States District Court, S.D. New York.
January 26, 2010.
Neal Brickman, Ethan York Leonard, and Melinda May Dus, The Law Office of Neal Brickman, New York, NY, for Plaintiff.
Christopher Emmanuel Duffy and Michael Philip Favretto, Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP, New York, NY, for Defendant.
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
RICHARD J. SULLIVAN, District Judge:
Plaintiff Robert M. Gutkowski ("Plaintiff" or "Gutkowski") brings this diversity action against Defendant George Steinbrenner III ("Defendant" or "Steinbrenner"). Plaintiff alleges that after presenting Defendant with the idea of creating what ultimately became the Yankees Entertainment and Sports Network (the "YES Network" or "YES"), Defendant failed to abide by the terms of an oral agreement under which Plaintiff would "have a role in the network as long as it existed, or, otherwise be compensated for his efforts and contributions." (Compl. ¶ 1.) Plaintiff further alleges that Defendant "knowingly lied" to Plaintiff "in order to induce Plaintiff to give his unique idea." (Id.) Pursuant to these allegations, Plaintiff asserts common law claims under New York law for breach of contract, unjust enrichment, quantum meruit, and fraud in the inducement.
Before the Court is Defendant's motion to dismiss, with prejudice, Plaintiff's complaint pursuant to Rule 12(b)(6) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. For the reasons that follow, the Court grants Defendant's motion.
Plaintiff describes himself as a "distinguished professional in the field of sports television, marketing, and management with many years of experience." (Id. ¶ 1.) Defendant is the "owner and the former principal owner and executive" of the New York Yankees ("the Yankees"). (Id. ¶ 3.)