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NFL offers free tickets to next Super Bowl to compensate 400 fans

The 400 fans who were forced to watch Super Bowl XLV on TV because their tickets were for temporary seating in Cowboys Stadium that never got finished will get in to Super Bowl XLVI for free.

That was revealed this morning by NFL PR guy Brian McCarthy, who’s trying to put the best spin possible on what the NFL is doing for the fans whose $800 tickets weren’t honored.

“The 400 fans w/out seats last nite went on field postgame, received free merchandise, food, beverage, $2,400, free SB46 tix,” McCarthy tweeted.

I would hope the NFL is also planning to fly the fans to Indianapolis and take care of their accommodations at next year’s Super Bowl. But I also wouldn’t be surprised if most of the 400 fans don’t want to go to next year’s Super Bowl.

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  1. jasoncollette says: Feb 7, 2011 10:45 AM

    Who is going to pay the tax implications of these “gifts” which could hold a value of ~$4K?

  2. ryfo18 says: Feb 7, 2011 10:45 AM

    Too bad a lot of them went to watch their team play. Can’t refund that.

  3. quittsburghsquealers says: Feb 7, 2011 10:47 AM

    It’s a better deal than most companies would give you when you get screwed over by their mistakes…

  4. toe4 says: Feb 7, 2011 10:49 AM

    So many companies don’t understand that you cannot buy your way out of screwing people over.

    Unfortunately, so many Americans think you can.

    In the end the NFL did as right as they can by these people, but lets not forget that this Super Bowl was Jerry Jones’ baby. The NFL is falling on his grenade.

  5. rooneyruleblues says: Feb 7, 2011 10:50 AM

    Goodell wanted to pack as many people into this joint as possible because they are really starting to get greedy now. The NFL is a runaway money train now and there is no stopping the shameless greed.

    They have the country in the palm of their hands and they are gonna lockout the players to make even more dough.

    Soon all your favorite players are going to be around less and less due to making them play 18 game seasons. Injuries are going to mount and the quality of the game is going to take a huge toll.

    If you don’t believe me take a look at the founders of this great game. The legacy players that made the NFL what it is today. They cant walk, they can’t afford medical care to replace hips and knees. The NFL won’t even set up a benifit program for these men that left the blood and tears on the field. Funds for such a program would be but a FRACTION of what the league makes.

    Goodell has to go before its too late. Email your owners and voice your displeasure.

  6. scorpiodsu says: Feb 7, 2011 10:51 AM

    I would have been pissed if I was one of the fans but with everything they got, I couldn’t stay anger too long. NFL should have also reimbursed their travel expenses. But if they can, they should just sell the tickets for next year’s game to make a pretty penny.

  7. clintonportisheadd says: Feb 7, 2011 10:52 AM

    “The 400 fans w/out seats last nite went on field postgame, received free merchandise, food, beverage, $2,400, free SB46 tix”…..

    Does this mean the NFL 1)guarantees a 2011-2012 season ans 2) guarantees a Packers – Steelers rematch?

    Or are they assuming these folks will just scalp the tickets if their team is not in the next Super Bowl?

  8. arrogantathlete says: Feb 7, 2011 10:53 AM

    what a deal! too bad those teams won’t be there next year.

  9. indycolt45 says: Feb 7, 2011 11:03 AM

    They can stay at my house next year.

    Well, one or two, anyway.

  10. fancyleague says: Feb 7, 2011 11:04 AM

    So the Packers fan who missed his team winning the Super Bowl might get to watch the Eagles beat the Jets next year. How special.

    Another PR masterstroke by Roger Goodell.

  11. angrycorgi says: Feb 7, 2011 11:06 AM

    “I would hope the NFL is also planning to fly the fans to Indianapolis and take care of their accommodations at next year’s Super Bowl. But I also wouldn’t be surprised if most of the 400 fans don’t want to go to next year’s Super Bowl.”

    Ummm…are the writers here so blinded by their hate that they can’t do the math on this? The people got the equivalent of 4x the cost of their tickets back. No duh the people likely don’t want to see the next one, as their team may not be playing in it…well done sherlock. I guess there’s no way they can do something crazy like…i dunno…SELL THE TICKETS and make their money back?? Seriously, I knew ya didn’t need a PhD to write for PFT but you guys are scraping the bottom on IQ! You are assuming the average fan owning nosebleed seats spent more than $2400 on airfare/lodging/food per person for this event? You are freaking nuts.

  12. theo547 says: Feb 7, 2011 11:06 AM

    Yea! Tickets to see the Pack in Indy next year!

  13. PCa Survivor says: Feb 7, 2011 11:07 AM

    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported “In the Miller Lite Club, displaced fans who thought they were going to the Super Bowl earlier that day were not even offered complimentary beers.”

    Spin away Roger

  14. patpatriotagain says: Feb 7, 2011 11:10 AM

    Only profootballtalk could portray it as getting the shaft to buy one $800 ticket and in return receive $2400 cash as well as a future ticket which will be worth at least $900.

    Isn’t that like buying a date with a Victoria’s Secret model but the one you wanted was not available so to compensate, they give you date with 4 of them.

  15. akismet-c7ced78fa0ffb62cf23382e052305f29 says: Feb 7, 2011 11:10 AM

    I hope I’m not the only one who is pretty stoked that a whole lot of those awful Pittsburgh fans didn’t get into the Stadium and had their trips ruined.

  16. catman72 says: Feb 7, 2011 11:12 AM

    Jerry Jones with egg on his face, love it!

  17. PFTiswhatitis says: Feb 7, 2011 11:12 AM

    The NFL needs to compensate them for their travel and accomodations. Thats the only way to make them whole now.

  18. quizguy66 says: Feb 7, 2011 11:13 AM

    Should be their choice of Super Bowl for the next 10 years (to maximize the chance they’ll get to see their team play in the game again).


  19. eustus says: Feb 7, 2011 11:17 AM

    Rooneyrulesblues hit the nail on the head. The current administration at 280 Park Avenue have gone from a business model of taking care of the game and letting the game generate the money to squeezing every dime out of the game they can.

    The hiring of Roger Goodell is just the first turn in the long, slow downward spiral.

  20. dsims7 says: Feb 7, 2011 11:22 AM

    I forgot, what if the CBA is not signed and there is no season? What will Mr. Goodall do then?

  21. hiyo1 says: Feb 7, 2011 11:23 AM

    They were also offered free Cowboys tickets to a game next year, but each person immediately declined.

  22. PanchoHerreraFanClub says: Feb 7, 2011 11:23 AM

    If you wanted proof that the NFL owners are the greedy group of so and sos, here’s your sign. The real problem was JJ wouldn’t kick back an extra $10K and 6 superbowl tix to the powers that be.

    Solution, send JJ packing. Sell the team to a real Texan (George W).

  23. hnirobert3 says: Feb 7, 2011 11:31 AM

    Ewwww, a trip to Indianapolis? No thanks!

  24. hotdiggitydave says: Feb 7, 2011 11:33 AM

    I know for a fact that several people who were displaced from their seats were longtime season ticket holders who got tickets though the team.

    Completely inexcusable for the league and Jerry Jones not to have seats for them.

  25. bspurloc says: Feb 7, 2011 11:35 AM


    trying to squeeze the MAX amount $$$ because the NFL does not have enough money

    pathetic but not surprising at all

  26. youboettcha says: Feb 7, 2011 11:35 AM


    The face value would only be like $900 or so. It should be fine. Plus, it’s hardly a gift, but a business making something right.

    Well done, NFL for doing the best job of fixing this that you could. Now hopefully the misplaced Packers fans of those 400 will get to watch a repeat.

  27. joegridiron says: Feb 7, 2011 11:36 AM

    What the NFL seems to be missing is that these fans were there to see their team not just an NFL game,true fans who bleed their teams colors,may wait a lifetime to actually watch their team in the Super Bowl.Not to mention the average joe who scrapes together the funds to experience it in person.Jerry Jones and his EGO to set the highest attended Super Bowl have robbed many fans of what may be their one chance to see their favorite team on the biggest stage.

  28. skoobyfl says: Feb 7, 2011 11:37 AM

    I’d say this is fair given that there was an error made, things happen and people need to get past this. Now that it’s over, at least they have something in hand versus the nothing they would of got for just sitting there. They also got a VIP field trip as well, so it’s cool.

    / Sarcasm of all memories stolen from them & the shameless peddling of dreams.

  29. bucneckid says: Feb 7, 2011 11:37 AM

    103,215 Frickin’ Tickets isn’t enough?!?!?
    Trying to squeeze in an extra 400 seats and getting caught not being able to do it?!?!?
    The GREED that this shows is really not going to go over well in the court of Public Opinion and the ongoing CBA negotiations.
    Jerry Jones and the Fat Cat Owners and the NFL look like the Money Grubbing Wh0res that the Players are claiming them to be.

  30. mike83ri says: Feb 7, 2011 11:39 AM

    Jerry Jones is a joke.

    This seems at least more fair. At least they can sell next year’s tickets for much higher than face value to recoup the expense of travel/etc.

  31. gunnyd says: Feb 7, 2011 11:42 AM

    Maybe if Jerry Jones would have ensured his “temporary seats” were up to code instead of rubbing elbows with Jimmy Johnson and George Bush……400 people wouldn’t have gotten screwed out of seeing one of the all-time great Super Bowls!!!

  32. angrycorgi says: Feb 7, 2011 11:42 AM

    “The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported “In the Miller Lite Club, displaced fans who thought they were going to the Super Bowl earlier that day were not even offered complimentary beers.””

    Only a Steeler fan would be complaining about not getting all-you-can-drink of Miller Lite. And I’m sure a LOT of the requests came AFTER the time ran out on the field.

  33. drexelvol says: Feb 7, 2011 11:47 AM

    Dallas showed they are incapable of properly preparing for an event of this magnitude. They should be excluded from all Super Bowl considerations for the next 20 years.

  34. MinnesnowtaJagsFan says: Feb 7, 2011 11:48 AM

    I think this is win-win for these 400 fans. Yes, their experience yesterday sucked (especially if they were Steelers fans), but they ate and drank for free, got $2400 for $800 tickets, and have free tickets to next year’s SB. Even if they don’t want to go, they can sell those tickets and make a nice buck to recoup what happened this year. $$$$$$….unless of course there is no season and is no Super Bowl.

  35. ice90 says: Feb 7, 2011 11:50 AM

    The good news is that they were able to miss the halftime show.

  36. mountaindont says: Feb 7, 2011 11:51 AM

    Of course this was a PR disaster for the NFL. I applaud the NFL for the compensation they are giving the unlucky fans. I`m a lifetime Packer fan and I would have deeply considered the NFL`s offer had I been approached at the Superbowl with the same deal…… Go onto field postgame, received free merchandise, food, beverage, $2,400, free SB46 tix
    Can you put a price on going onto the field postgame if you are a Packer fan ? It is possible the NFL could monitor the 400 tickets for next year to make sure the tickets arent sold. I had a friend who got Superbowl tickets from the Bengals a few years ago. A security official approached him at the game and asked for a ID to prove he was the same person that the Bengals gave to the tickets to.
    I will admit, because of the loss the deal may not seem so attractive if you were a Steelers fan but I still think it was a classy move by the NFL despite its error on the seating.

  37. angrycorgi says: Feb 7, 2011 11:53 AM

    I like how PFT is slowly posting less and less “it’s Jerry’s fault” and more and more “it’s the NFL’s fault” posts…After having to apologize about the Aaron Rodgers snafu, I can see how they are less interested in retracting their earlier slants at the Cowboys and JJ. Now that Goodell came out this morning and said the NFL is to blame, not JJ/Cowboys organization, we have PFT stealthily trying to wipe more egg from their face and hoping nobody noticed.

    Nothing to see here, just another day of backpedalling at PFT.

  38. angrycorgi says: Feb 7, 2011 11:54 AM

    I feel bad that 400 steeler fans didn’t get to see Worthlessburger throw 2 picks and overthrow half the receivers up close. Shame!

  39. ice90 says: Feb 7, 2011 11:59 AM

    Look…. it sucks what happened to those fans but I don’t know what else the NFL can do to make it right. You can’t change the past so I think a free trip to next year’s Super Bowl is a pretty good deal.

  40. stairwayto7 says: Feb 7, 2011 11:59 AM

    What if no Super Bowl next season? They still get screwed! No more Super Bowls in Jerrys World!

  41. mstarr13 says: Feb 7, 2011 12:00 PM

    This is a joke. I hope the NFL gets the crap sued out of them for this breach of contract, the ONLY minimal way to make it right, pay for their tickets, their accommodations, their travel, any PTO they had to take and THEN throw in free tickets for next year.

    Anything short of that is a joke, plain and simple. this is absolutely unacceptable. They left these people high and dry. You cannot expect everyone to believe that they did not know 400 seats would not be ready till the last second.

  42. newreality1 says: Feb 7, 2011 12:05 PM

    Its like a car accident . You wake up in the hospital completely smashed up and unable to walk or speak and the lawyer {NFL} runs in and says -DONT WORRY , YOUR GOING TO GET A LOT OF MONEY]. These people gave their money, time and emotions. The only people feeling worse this morning than steel town is these people. I hope one of the people locked out wasnt one of the “never missed a superbowl” gang!

  43. lhaveprettyfeet says: Feb 7, 2011 12:05 PM

    Pants on the ground..
    Pants on the ground..

  44. rooneyruleblues says: Feb 7, 2011 12:08 PM

    People pay WAY more than face for tickets. Some tickets to this game went for 3 times face value.

  45. bigperm33 says: Feb 7, 2011 12:12 PM

    This is a good move by the NFL and they are certainly doing all they can to make the best of a terrible situation. But it does not begin to excuse allowing it to happen in the first place. These tickets never should have been sold until they knew for certain there would be a seat, and there is no reason whatsoever that the NFL had to wait until Sunday to try to do something about it.

  46. angrycorgi says: Feb 7, 2011 12:19 PM

    I had a trip to Germany a few years ago. The tickets were just under $1000. The airline offered anyone who would take the next flight in the morning a free hotel room ($150 max) and $500 in vouchers, because they overbooked it. A line of people formed to take the offer. Some people were bummed they missed out on it, cuz they only needed 3 people to take the offer. These people are getting $2400 cash, future tickets and got free food and non-alcoholic drinks while they watched the game. People criticizing on here obviously never flies.

  47. recoveryboys says: Feb 7, 2011 12:32 PM

    gunnyd is exactly right.
    The temp seats were not installed to code it seems,someone trying to save a buck on construction.The firemarshall closed off an entire section of the stadium.No one was allowed to walk under that temporary construction of seats,thus closing off the usual route to roughly half the seats from the endzone to one side of the field in the upper levels.Nobody knew how to direct people traffic there,there were tons of volunteers with no leadership at all.Everyone smiled as they told you they didnt know which way one should go to get to their seats up high.
    People would walk up steps all the way to the top of that dome only to be told they had to walk back down and take some other steps up from somewhere else,or take an escalator from the bottom up and walk all the way around the other endzone to seats at the opposite end of the stadium.
    That place has issues.
    I had a buddy sitting in the lower end zone in a temp seat and the bottom broke off when he sat in it(and he is a skinny dude),but to their credit,someone appeared in a suit and put him in another seat about 5 rows closer to the field.
    Did dallas have any other issues this week with this game?

  48. 1historian says: Feb 7, 2011 12:48 PM

    Rooneyruleblues – good post @ 10:50 a.m., but you left out the fans – the fans like the Bear and Packer fans who were the foundation of the league when it was nothing and the players had to take off-season jobs just to make ends meet. I remember living in Baltimore in the mid 50s when guys like John Unitas, Lenny Moore, and all those great players had to take off-season jobs.

    But to return to the fans – I used to live in Indiana and I knew some people from Illinois who were 2 & 3 generation season ticket holders for the Bears – dating back to when they were the Decatur Staleys – and people like them got screwed when the game took off. A lot of them couldn’t afford the ever escalating season ticket prices, not to mention the ‘Personal Seat Licenses’, all of which is the owners’ & players way of saying “thanks” to the long time fans whom they screwed.

    I live in New England and I love my Patriots but I can do w/o Robert Kraft. he’s always coming up with this man of the people schtick and then he invites donald “I’m here and you’re not” trump to sit in the luxury box.

    Of course there is the simple fact that the Pats wouldn’t be as good as they are were it not for Kraft. So there you are.

    Others here have called the owners ‘money grabbing whores”, which I kind of agree with. Let’s just remember, however, WHOSE money they are grabbing – because we let them.


  49. starklestink says: Feb 7, 2011 12:49 PM

    How many tickets did the NFL donate to members of the Armed Forces? After Trotting out the Medal of Honor winner and spending 450K for a flyover that no one saw except on the big screen…Who do these people think they are kidding…Phony Patriots! Comon you NFL corporate jackwagons. I dare you to answer the question!

    Now all that being said, why don’t the rest of you lemmings quit whining about the poor fans who were well compensated for their losses and focus on something real? Just sayin!

  50. harrisonhits2 says: Feb 7, 2011 12:52 PM

    Whatever the league is offering they are only doing so because they know if these people take them to court they will win a substantially greater amount in damages etc.

    I hope the whole group of 400 refuses their cheap offers and sues the league.

  51. 1historian says: Feb 7, 2011 12:54 PM

    To those who are getting free tix + bennies to next year’s game – make your plane reservations NOW, make your room reservations NOW.

  52. 1historian says: Feb 7, 2011 12:55 PM

    Remember the seven p’s.








  53. 10kmp says: Feb 7, 2011 12:56 PM

    The better move by the NFL would have been to offer each of the 400 unbelievably unfortunate fans a trip to the next Super Bowl OF THEIR CHOICE. These people got hosed, and it was absolutely zero fault of their own. The NFL and the Dallas Cowboys organization are 100% at fault, and they should do everything in their power to give these folks another trip. Not just tickets, but an all expense paid trip to the Super Bowl of their choice. If the Packers or Steelers make it back next year and you want to go then it’s on us. If you don’t care to visit Indianapolis in February because your team isn’t playing in the game then we’ll let you pick the game / city / year you want to go. The league could put a maximum value and ten year time limit on the trip if they so desire, but when you’re a multi billion dollar business and you screw up as badly as the NFL did on Sunday then it is incumbent on you to make good on your gross error.

  54. vercingetorix43 says: Feb 7, 2011 12:56 PM

    Jerry Jones = Debacle

  55. vercingetorix43 says: Feb 7, 2011 1:01 PM

    angrycorgi says: Feb 7, 2011 12:19 PM

    I had a trip to Germany a few years ago. The tickets were just under $1000. The airline offered anyone who would take the next flight in the morning a free hotel room ($150 max) and $500 in vouchers, because they overbooked it. A line of people formed to take the offer. Some people were bummed they missed out on it, cuz they only needed 3 people to take the offer. These people are getting $2400 cash, future tickets and got free food and non-alcoholic drinks while they watched the game. People criticizing on here obviously never flies.

    Thats really cute slick but its likely these people came out from Pennsylvania or Wisconsin to see THEIR TEAM, for many probably a once in a lifetime opportunity to see their team in a Super Bowl.. not next year to see the Falcons and Patriots etc. Your Comment…irrelevant and down right stupid sorry.

  56. gerryb323 says: Feb 7, 2011 1:18 PM

    I gotta say, as a Saints fan I would not have been very excited to see the Packers and the Steelers play this year if this had happened last year. I mean, there’s only been one Super Bowl that was a repeat matchup from the year before! Not very good odds…

  57. strategerie says: Feb 7, 2011 1:23 PM

    Yes, the NFL is being generous with their financial offer to those with tickets; yes, it’s nice they’re giving those fans with the nonexistent seats a trip to next year’s Super Bowl. The story, though, is that ANY NFL owner and the organization sold tickets for a seat that did not exist.

    This is fraud. Period. While Goodell pats himself on the back and thinks he really did something here, it should not be lost on any fan that if this is not prosecuted outside the confines of the NFL, it will still be possible to purchase a ticket for any upcoming NFL game, and you won’t be admitted to the stadium.

    I have to agree with the poster above that made the point Goodell/Jerry Jones was much too busy sucking up to the VIP’s in his suite than making sure the temporary seats were installed and functional. Seven weeks elapsed between the Cowboys’ last game and the Super Bowl. The bad weather was less than a week. Someone had to know those seats weren’t functional or even existed long before Sunday morning.

    Again, this isn’t just a case of “gosh, no seat”. This is fraud. Giving out a ticket to a (at this point, nonexistent) Super Bowl is just as much of a ripoff as selling a ticket to a seat that doesn’t exist.

  58. sportsfan2389 says: Feb 7, 2011 1:29 PM

    To those of you saying that these fans will get screwed if there is no super bowl next year are just wrong. I understand the NFL cannot give these fans the experience that they deserve but triple my money and a ticket to Super Bowl XVI (Could be in 2 years) would be enough to make me happy.

  59. granadafan says: Feb 7, 2011 2:18 PM

    The fans got screwed big time, and these were real fans of the teams, not some corporate suits who attended the game just to say they went to the Superbowl. That said, they STILL got to go inside the stadium to experience it live and hear the crowds roar. They were very generously compensated, more than most companies would give you, and received an apology. Let’s not be too greedy here and use the unfortunate incident as hitting the lottery to screw over the “other side”.

  60. komments says: Feb 7, 2011 3:59 PM

    They may not want to go to next year’s Super Bowl but I bet none of them turn down the tickets. I bet most of them won’t even care who is in it – though they probably all wish it was either the Packers or the Steelers.

    I mean this is a Super Bowl man – most people never get a chance to go to one.

  61. komments says: Feb 7, 2011 4:11 PM

    I think some of you are under the impression that if next season is canceled the tickets to the next Super Bowl will be invalidated. The next Super Bowl doesn’t have to be played in 2012. It could be in 2013 so those tickets are still valid. It just might not be next year though I don’t think anyone believes the NFL or the players are stupid enough to cancel a whole season. I do like the idea of the all expenses paid to the Super Bowl of your choice during the next 10 games. That gives each fan a chance at seeing their team though not a guarantee.

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