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NFL fans to get refunds for canceled games

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A work stoppage in 2011 will not mean that fans have to eat the price of worthless tickets.

USA Today’s Michael McCarthy reports that the league plans to announce later Tuesday that full refunds will be given to general admission seats for all preseason and regular season games canceled by a work stoppage in 2011.

The league-wide guarantee on refunds will not extend to Personal Seat Licenses or club and luxury seats.  (And you thought PSLs couldn’t possibly be a bigger waste of money.)  Teams can decide on an individual basis how to handle the PSLs and more expensive seats.

“We are working hard to secure an agreement with the union that is fair and forward-thinking to ensure our game is sound and strong well into the future,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in a statement. “We know we will reach an agreement at some point. We all want football without interruption, but our fans are entitled to know now that they would receive refunds if any games are canceled.”

There are complicated issues at stake here, but my first reaction to this news was:  Of course there will be refunds.  Any other policy would be insanely shortsighted and unfair.

The article does not mention what would happen in the event that “replacement players” were used.

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15 Responses to “NFL fans to get refunds for canceled games”
  1. notsosmartski says: Nov 30, 2010 11:45 AM

    Why should the league make the announcement? The word is out already!

  2. bbb82 says: Nov 30, 2010 11:48 AM

    And I’m sure if the seasons is extended to 18 games, fans will promptly receive a bill instead.

  3. buccaboo says: Nov 30, 2010 11:55 AM

    Nice. I just renewed my Club seats for next year

  4. ravenspit says: Nov 30, 2010 11:58 AM

    Did the Cardinal fans get a refund from last night, obviously replacement players were used?

  5. thatsrightmike says: Nov 30, 2010 12:09 PM

    @bbb82 – If the season is extended to 18 games it will mean fewer preseason games. Which fans are already paying full price for.

  6. lovestheravens says: Nov 30, 2010 12:12 PM

    we already pay full price for the preseason games as it is so there is no further bill needed. we (season ticket holders) already pay full price for 10 home games. 8 regular season games and 2 preseason games. As it seems to be going, we will still get 10 home games it will just be 9 regular season games and 1 preseason game now.

  7. 12strikes says: Nov 30, 2010 12:18 PM

    Just to clarify…
    “The league-wide guarantee on refunds will not extend to Personal Seat Licenses”
    means the tickets associated with the PSL, not the actual PSL? The PSL’s are a one time fee, right?

  8. dolphinphan says: Nov 30, 2010 12:19 PM

    makes sense. make the people paying more continue to pay.

  9. jfd349 says: Nov 30, 2010 12:32 PM

    This does not say when the refund would be given, or if it would be in the form of cash vs a “credit” towards future games. That needs to be clearly spelled out. But here is a better idea. How about the teams not send out an invoice and demand payment until an agreement is reached and everyone knows games will be scheduled and played?

  10. ravensrule says: Nov 30, 2010 12:44 PM

    Stay strong Union….think about your kids, say no way to 18 games

  11. 12strikes says: Nov 30, 2010 12:51 PM

    @jfd349 –
    It’s called “INTEREST”.
    1. If the NFL decided to issue “Credit” toward games, that money is sitting and gaining interest.
    2. If they actually refund (very doubtful), then the interest earned will offset the cost of doing the refund (checks, stamps, envelopes) . Any money left is basicly free money.

    Either way, don’t be suprised to see the due date for next seasons tickets to be earlier then usual, more time for the money to sit in the bank.

  12. db105 says: Nov 30, 2010 1:16 PM

    Would there be refunds if the NFL uses replacement players like they did in 1987?

  13. gotitan says: Nov 30, 2010 2:09 PM

    I’ve already received my playoff ticket invoice for $300+bucks. At 5-6 they are charging us for two games in Titan Town. That money will not be refunded till August and our invoices will start rolling in March. Wonder when a “refund” would take place if replacement players are used? I want to see my regular boys, Courtland, CJ28, Britt, and my brand new QB next season!

  14. shallowfan says: Nov 30, 2010 2:58 PM

    I think replacement players should play…”not a bunch of bitchy millionaires”

    (reference to ‘The Replacements’ in case you missed it) I love the movie…

    @gotitan:

    “Wonder when a “refund” would take place if replacement players are used? I want to see my regular boys, Courtland, CJ28, Britt, and my brand new QB next season!”

    wouldn’t your brand new QB be a replacement player?

  15. pier588 says: Nov 30, 2010 4:01 PM

    Rosenthal sez – “my first reaction to this news was: Of course there will be refunds. Any other policy would be insanely shortsighted and unfair.”

    That was my same reaction when Florio dumped the “comment ratings” on PFT/CFT over 18 months ago. Not returning them to the “new” versions of PFT/CFT remains “insanely shortsighted and unfair.”

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