SACRAMENTO - Five players of the United Football League franchise in Sacramento are suing their owner, claiming he failed to pay them.

The San Francisco Chronicle (http://bit.ly/13MnRsm ) says the suit was filed earlier this month in a San Francisco court against Paul Pelosi, who owns the Sacramento Mountain Lions.

It claims he owes them $250,000. The paper says Pelosi didn't return phone calls seeking comment on Monday.

Pelosi is the husband of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

He indicated in federal financial disclosure forms that he put millions into the team and has lost between $1 million and $5 million.

The UFL has struggled to survive. It canceled the second half of its season last fall and didn't return this spring.

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Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com