At the time of the sponsorship, Armstrong was at the height of his fame wearing the USPS jersey, helping boost the USPS brand worldwide.
The government sees it differently, saying the sponsorship is worth zero because the USPS bargained for a clean cycling team but didn’t get one.
Lance Armstrong was arguably cycling's greatest icon; now he is one of sport's biggest villains. His parents, Linda and Eddie Charles, divorced in 1973 when he was just two years old.
The banned cyclist captured headlines and minds throughout his career in one way or another and is still suffering the consequences of his past decisions. Linda, who married and divorced four times, tied the knot in 1974 with Terry Armstrong, who adopted Lance later that year.
Cooper said last week this issue should be decided by a jury.“The Court concludes that the monetary amount of the benefits USPS received is not sufficiently quantifiable to keep any reasonable juror from finding that the agency suffered a net loss on the sponsorship, especially if one considers the adverse effect on the Postal Service’s revenues and brand value that may have resulted from the negative publicity surrounding the subsequent investigations of Armstrong’s doping and his widely publicized confession,” Cooper wrote.
“Determination of damages must therefore be left to a jury.
The polarising athlete's first sporting love wasn't cycling, surprisingly.
The deal came as the two sides prepared for a trial that was scheduled to start May 7 in Washington, The Associated Press reported.
MORE LANCE ARMSTRONG COVERAGE: The federal government says he should and is suing Armstrong on behalf of the U. Postal Service, which paid .3 million to sponsor Armstrong’s cycling team from 2000-04.
Its civil fraud lawsuit says Armstrong was unjustly enriched and that the USPS would not have paid the cycling team if it had known it was violating its sponsorship contract by using banned drugs and blood transfusions to cheat in races.
Accordingly, the Court declines to grant Armstrong summary judgment on damages and will set the case for trial.”Armstrong confessed to doping in January 2013 after more than a decade of false denials.
The government filed suit soon after, joining a case that originally was filed in 2010 by Armstrong’s former teammate, Floyd Landis, who also doped and lied about it but stands to get a cut of the damages as a government whistleblower if the government’s case succeeds.
The charges were related to his use of performance-enhancing drugs during his professional racing career.