Wheels are in motion for a Super Bowl lawsuit

The 400 fans who bought tickets to the Super Bowl that didn’t result in seats at the Super Bowl have been offered a triple refund and a ticket to next year’s game.

It remains to be seen whether and to what extent any of them want it.

Multiple websites already have popped up, with the apparent aim of gathering the affected fans and pursuing legal action.  The sites, including SuperBowlSuit.com and SueSuperBowl.com, infringe on the league’s most protected trademark via the use of Lamar Hunt’s brainchild, which ironically could lead to litigation.  That said, it’s unlikely the league will sue any of the 400 people who are taking steps to respond to the indignity of showing up for the biggest sporting event in the country and finding out for the first time that they’ve got only a ticket to ride to the Party Pass area.

Given that some tickets came from the Packers and that some came from the Steelers, lawyers assessing the possibility of filing suit should consider the consumer protection laws of Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Texas, and New York, site of the league office.  Though each ticket holder could file his or her own lawsuit, it’s likely that one or more will hire a lawyer and file a class action aimed at representing the interests of all 400 folks who were denied their seats.

In the end, there could be more than one class action, which will then require the court system to sort through the ensuing mess.

And don’t forget about the 850 who supposedly were given comparable or better accommodations.  Under the consumer protection laws of one or more of the states in question, it may not matter whether comparable or better seats were provided.  It’s possible that the laws could be interpreted to require that consumers get exactly what they paid for, and that anything else constitutes a violation of the law.

Stay tuned.  This one could get interesting, soon.

46 responses to “Wheels are in motion for a Super Bowl lawsuit

  1. Some enterprising attorney needs to sue the NFL as well; the last time I checked, it was illegal to sell a ticket for a nonexistent seat to a sporting event. It’s fraud. The NFL will not clean this up on their own. They’ve shown they believe they’re above the law, and not just in this instance.

    Let’s see what happens when those who made the decision to NOT notify those fans holding tickets to the nonexistent seats (or to sell them in the first place,) have to explain themselves and their actions in a court of law.

  2. Boring. They already got hooked up and I am willing to bet that the lawyers solicited them into filing the lawsuits. For the packers fans that “missed” a chance of a lifetime to watch a Super Bowl victory in person, they should thank the High Heavens that they got FIELD PASSES to celebrate on the field afterwards. Now that is an opportunity of a lifetime.

    Go Raiders!!!!

  3. –This one could get interesting, soon.–

    For the lawyers in the case otherwise, no.

    Makes much more economical sense to take the NFL deal and move on with your life.

    Any class action will likely result in less money in your pocket and more in the lawyers.

  4. Its always connected to just the NFL. But in fact, Jerry’s name should be included in all of this as well. It was his ego driven goal to beat the record for biggest SB attendance, that is why they got into this mess.

  5. the inconvenience they put these people through is terrible i know… but these people could make out like bandits… triple the ticket amount AND a ticket to next years superbowl??? if they are allowed to sell that ticket just imagine how much they can make off of this… i think it’s good that they are doing what’s necessary to rectify the situation… problem is… it never should have happened in the first place JERRY JONES!

  6. They are receiving a nice compensation package. Yea they didnt get to see the game in person per say, but they did get to watch the game and go onto the field plus get to go to next years game. Why do we have to sue over everything??!!! And we wonder why its costs so much money to live in todays society?? I say sue the lawyers that want to sue!!! Cmon man!!!!!

  7. the nfl may have promised them triple there money back and whatever else, but to me being able to watch my team win a super bowl in person would be priceless, I think that gives them a case.

  8. As a special one time only promotion, 400 lucky ticket holders will win the chance to collect a massive lawsuit payout!

  9. If there is one time a lawsuit should be filed it’s this situation. They (NFL+Jerra) sold seats they knew didn’t exist. It’s fraud.

    3X Ticket price is nice, but does it cover travel expenses? Next years SuperBowl? My team my not be there. Being coralled for several hours and then told to watch the game in what equates to a Bar. Meanwhile I’m supposed to be having the trip of a lifetime?

    No! I hope those people lawyer up with the best litigators in the land.

    We all know the NFL will settle anyway, but I’m not taking their initial offer.

  10. The last thng anyone needs is another lawsuit. The NFL has made a more-than-reasonable offer of triple refund and a seat at next year’s game.

    If I was affected, of course I’d want blood in the heat of the moment but this anger and frustration will subside.

    No matter the outcome, lawsuits are toxic and poor for your health. Ask Al Davis

  11. one Packer fan’s experience was this: wasn’t let into the stadium right away, missed the kick-off, and then they were stuck in something he described as a baseball dugout, where they got to look at all the players legs and feet, so they basically had to watch the game on a tv screen.

    He also paid considerably more than the $800… so triple the value of the ticket to $2400 and it still left him short $100 per ticket to watch the SB on tv. The lawsuit has solid footing, and the NFL is going to rue the day they let Jerry run the SB show by trying to break the attendance record.

    The worse part of all this, it allows the flippin’ politicians an access toe-hold to mess with the NFL’s business again, and in my opinion, that’s worse than the alleged upcoming labor strife.

  12. I haven’t been able to sleep properly ever since I heard about the plight of those fans. Which in turn has hampered my ability to earn a living and negatively impacted my personal relationships. I’m riddled with post traumatic symptoms. What can I do to find closure?

  13. Think if you were a packer fan. You paid likely thousands of dollars per ticket to see your team play in the Superbowl. You paid thousands to get to texas and for hotel stays. Then the packers won it all, and you missed what could be a once in a lifetime event. An event that you paid to see.

    I would sue them to hell and back. Also it is illegal to sell a ticket to a seat that doesn’t exist as stated higher up. As also stated if you were a Packer fan its hard to put a price on seeing your team win a SB. You could say it is “priceless”. What about the time taken off work to attend the game. The game that you never got to see live. Are they going to pay people what they would have been paid if they were at work too? After all the NFL wasted these peoples time and lied to the by telling them they had a ticket to the game.

    Why would you want to see next years superbowl…. and pay for flights to the game, and pay for accomodations, if your team wasnt even in it. The NFL gave them these tickets because they didn’t want to be sued. They know that paying 3x face value for this years ticket and giving a free ticket to next years superbowl is a lot less than they will have to pay if they get sued.

    Don’t let them get away with this. Totally unacceptable. Show the NFL that they are NOT above the law. This should be an open and shut case. Fans were knowingly lied to and conned out of their money. The NFL knew when they sold the tickets that these seats did not exist yet.

  14. When it is all over, the lawyers will make a lot of money (on both sides) and the plainiffs may not get any more than the NFL is offering them now.

  15. If any of them do sue the may end up getting some money in about 5yrs or so after it goes thru ever appeal court in the judical system.. Just look how long the star cap case has took to get thru the courts and that cas can still be appealed to the supreme court. And if any of them take the nfl offer now i bet that will wave their right to sue somehow.. I think the ticket holders should cut their losses and take the 3 time price of ticket offer and sale their next yr supper bowl ticket for a few thousand.. that sounds like a sweet deal to me

  16. @ those who are arguing that the 400 should just take the NFL’s offer and STFU…umm what??

    Even if they offered to pay all of my out of pocket expenses (which they have NOT), the value of a ticket to next year’s SB, which in all likelihood will NOT be played by GB or Pitts is essentially zero.

    Yea, I can scalp the tix and make some $$, but the value of attending a possibly once in a lifetime event…you simply can’t put a value on that.

    As others have stated, the best they can do is (a) ALL out of pocket expenses paid (b) tickets + hotel + airplane + meals for a SB OF MY CHOOSING. (c) a personal phone call from Goodell where he apologizes

  17. Good for them. Suing is the only way to get the NFL to make sure consumers don’t get screwed in the future. Jones and the NFL knew up to game time that their was a problem. But they ignored it because of the dollar signs.

    If you put the money and effort to go see your team at the SB, would you want to be treated as cattle?

  18. It’s possible that the laws could be interpreted to require that consumers get exactly what they paid for, and that anything else constitutes a violation of the law.

    It is completely impossible that any law would be interpreted this way.

    If this were the case, every person who ever bought a ticket for an event that was canceled for any reason would have a legal case, which obviously isn’t true.

    For that matter, anyone who ever felt they didn’t get exactly what they paid for for anything would be able to drag any company in to court if laws were interpreted that way.

    And there is no basis for fraud here, either.

    In order to prove fraud, the plaintiff would have to prove that the NFL never had any intention of providing seats to those people. That would certainly be easy enough to disprove.

    The seats were in the process of being installed, and there would be hundreds of witnesses who could testify to that.

    As far as the measures the league took being insufficient because people didn’t get to see “their team” play in the game, sorry.

    If this is ever does get to court, which I strongly doubt, the issue will be simple: did the compensation offered by the league meet or exceed the face value of the ticket the fan bought?

    Fans with no perspective may put some sort of mystical “priceless” value on the magical experience of seeing “their” team play live in Super Bowl, but the court won’t.

  19. Of the hundreds of people who didn’t show up for the game, two of them are actually celebrities. I feel really bad for those guys, Ben Roethlisberger and Troy Polamalu. If they could have attended the game, things might have turned out differently.

  20. How about knowingly selling something you know does not exist? What constitutes fraud?

  21. this could “get interesting”? – really? puh-lease. I can name about 50 things that come to mind that are more interesting than yet another lawsuit in this country….

  22. The offensive and abusive part of this whole thing was that the NFL KNEW IN ADVANCE that this was going to be a problem, but allowed these folks to invest thousands of hard-earned dollars to book flights, hotel rooms and transport to and from the game, only to learn that they had nowhere to sit. I would sue the NFL on sheer principle. Teach them a lesson that you don’t treat people that way. Whatever happened to doing the right thing, handling people in a civil manner, serving the valued customer service and don’t make them feel like fools. This nation has devolved in making every decision on the basis of MONEY, MONEY, MONEY. It is sickening. $ue, $ue, $ue.

  23. badcallsfootball says:
    Feb 8, 2011 2:50 PM
    Think if you were a packer fan. You paid likely thousands of dollars per ticket to see your team play in the Superbowl. You paid thousands to get to texas and for hotel stays. Then the packers won it all, and you missed what could be a once in a lifetime event. An event that you paid to see.

    Ask any Packer fan whether they would rather sit in a crappy seat for the game, or watch it on a big screen from inside the stadium and then get to GO ON THE FIELD AND CELEBRATE WITH THE TEAM AFTER THE GAME like these people did.

  24. They get triple the value of their ticket. That may cover half of their travel expenses.

    They get tickets to next years Super Bowl, but they will have to shell out even more money to travel to Indy.

    More than likely neither the Packers or Steelers will be playing, so they won’t get the opportunity to see their team in the SB.

    The could sell their tickets, but then they still won’t have the experience to see a SB live.

    Wonder how many would have taken a face-value refund and stayed home if they were told about the situation earlier?

  25. I don’t think you can make a “I missed out on a once in a lifetime event” argument. The Steelers and Packers have won 2 championships apiece in my lifetime, and a lot more than that in others.

  26. everybody in this country has a RIGHT to a day in court if they want it! right or wrong no matter what happens they have that RIGHT!!!!

  27. Wow, if people are this worked up over a few hundred dollars and a football game, I guess I can’t be critical of anyone, who sues a doctor or an insurance company over a botched medical outcome.

    Let’s raise a glass to capitalism at its best!

  28. Correct me if I am wrong, ( as if there is little doubt in that happening) but doesn’t this impact every potential football fan that could possibly be going to the next one? There are now 400 to 800 less tickets in the pool of tickets that are distributed by lottery at face value to “regular fans”. No tickets will come from sponsor alocations or from the team alotments so the tickets promised to those screwed over by Dallas will now screw over others that would have come to our fair state of Indiana in Feb of 2012, is that wrong or does the screw job not ripple forward?

  29. A lot of these people are Packer and Steeler season ticket holders too. Who cares about ‘those’ people? I’m not a litigious person but, 3X Face Value is a joke. Plus, unless there is a rematch, tickets to next year’s Super Bowl are useless. For a lot of people, going to the Super Bowl is a one time, all in, what the hell let’s spend the money on this instead of next year’s vacation sort of thing. You can’t replace that.

  30. That should be the first and last Super Bowl managed by Jerry Jones. His stupid ego wanted to set a seating record and that is at the bottom of all this.

  31. Usually I’m against frivolous lawsuits but these people do have a very strong case and I believe the NFL and the Dallas Cowboys will be settling this sooner than later. I tend to side with the ticket holders because it is just flat out wrong to SELL tickets to the world’s greatest show and then tell people at the last minute that the seats were deemed unsafe. You just cannot do this to your customers! If these seats were deemed unsafe by the fire marshall then the Cowboys and the NFL should have known about this ahead of time instead of selling these tickets. It’s very unfair to expect people to take time off work, PAY GOOD MONEY for these seats, and then tell them they are out of luck! The stadium and the NFL are liable in my book!

  32. What are the damages here? I mean, sure they missed their team win the Superbowl, but what are the actionable damages? The ticket price, maybe treble damages (three times that) under consumer laws. Sounds like they are already getting that.

    Besides, flip your ticket over and read the arbitration clause. I’m sure it is there.

    These are lawyers that are trying to get 1/3 of what the NFL is already offering the 400. The plaintiffs will be the big losers here.

  33. jc1958coo says: Feb 8, 2011 4:02 PM

    “everybody in this country has a RIGHT to a day in court if they want it! right or wrong no matter what happens they have that RIGHT!!!!”

    Oh boy.
    I can sue you for polluting the internet.
    /bad troll

  34. hobartbaker says: Feb 8, 2011 2:45 PM

    “I’m riddled with post traumatic symptoms. What can I do to find closure?”

    I suggest a Smith & Wesson and some hollow points.

  35. The amount of stupidity over this entire story is amazing.

    The NFL – the beast of American sports, money coming out of every hole. You’re faced with adversity – a chance to make right in a terrible situation for many people. Even if the NFL could care less about those people – here was a chance to make yourself look amazing, caring, and down to earth. The NFL couldve showered those fans with special treatment, money, gifts, etc; and been HEROs across America. Instead, they take the cheap route, and then lie about it over and over.

    Whoever handled this is a f*****ng MORON!

  36. “Ask any Packer fan whether they would rather sit in a crappy seat for the game, or watch it on a big screen from inside the stadium and then get to GO ON THE FIELD AND CELEBRATE WITH THE TEAM AFTER THE GAME like these people did.”
    Not a Packers fan, but as a Patriots fan, if you give me a choice of sitting in the last row of the stadium to watch the Pats win a Super Bowl or watch a television in the bowels of the stadium, I would gladly, without any hesitation take my seat in the last row of the stadium.

    Really, who gives a crap about going onto the field after the game when you just, you know, missed the entire game? That you think that is some sort of equal (or better) consolation prize is really one of the dumber things I’ve read on this topic.

    I can pretty much guarantee that these screwed over fans weren’t hi-fiving Aaron Rodgers or Clay Matthews, nor were they within 50 yards of them at any point.

  37. Please they are offered all that and they want to sue, the judge should rule in their favor and award them each .01 and nothing more. Then they “won” their case but get nothing in the same and nothing left for the lawyer, and they can’t resue because they are the ones that won.

    That would teach them and other ambulance chase lawsuits and lawyers a lessen. cause then the lawyers would stop pursuing the stupid lawsuits cause there is no money in it.

  38. I happen to be one of those 400 who sat at “field club level seats”. My wife and I received tickets from the Green Bay Packers, but I don’t blame them, I blame Jerry Jones and the NFL. They knew at least two weeks inadvance that the seats would not be done. He was just trying to add seats to an already over capacity crowd to become the most attended Super Bowl in history. As for allowing us access to the club level seats (in the basement, with a view of the Steelers players feet), great, we got to watch the “game of a life time” on a big screen TV. Paying thousands of dollars to get to Dallas for a “Once in a Life time” event and watch the entire game on TV was ridiculous. Oh, how could I forgot them giving us a couple free drinks and a cold box meal and Mac and Cheese for our toubles. Really, the highlight of it all was to go onto the field after the game. We were force fed through the line and asked to keep moving as they directed us across the field and out the other side. A small victory for winning the “lottery” from the Green Bay Packers and getting Super Bowl tickets, or was it?

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