Super Bowl ticket lawsuit finally goes to trial

AP

More than four years ago, folks who had bought tickets for Super Bowl XLV showed up for the game only to learn that the seats corresponding to the tickets didn’t exist.

Finally, the case is going to trial.

Jury selection, opening statements, and testimony are expected Monday in federal court in Dallas. The lawyer representing the plaintiffs issued a statement over the weekend explaining that Commissioner Roger Goodell is expected to be one of the first witnesses called.

Presumably, the lawyers will be playing Goodell’s videotaped testimony for the jury from August 2013. The lawyers also contend that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has been subpoenaed to testify at the trial.

The NFL tried aggressively to resolve the claims of aggrieved customers in the aftermath of the Super Bowl ticket fiasco. But the question is whether the law entitles the customers to more than the NFL offered, especially when taking into consideration the full range of costs incurred to travel to Dallas to attend the Super Bowl but not being allowed to do so.

A jury will eventually decide whether and to what extent the customers should be compensated.

34 responses to “Super Bowl ticket lawsuit finally goes to trial

  1. They don’t have a leg to stand on. They were offered compensation way beyond their expenses. They were given the choice of traveling to any Super Bowl of their choice in addition to any other expenses such as airfare and hotel accomodations. They are just greedy and want more!

  2. I don’t know what the NFL has offered, but this could get interesting, for instance if someone flew in 4 or 5 days in advance in order to go to parties and other pre-game events, and then it culminated with being denied entry to the game. And they want the NFL to cover it all.

    I don’t know if this is what is happening, but I can see where the NFL might say they’d cover night before and night of game in a reasonably priced hotel, round trip airfare, and 4 or 5 meals, valued at a predetermined amount, plus the cost of the tickets.

  3. And they deserve more – it is a pipe dream to be able to attend a super bowl and watch your favorite team win – these people were robbed of what might have been a once in a lifetime opportunity

  4. If i showed up after spending that much money on super bowl tickets and did not get in…………… I’d be heading to jail.

  5. No..>The NFL IS greedy and wants more, which is proven everytime they bend over the networks for the rights, etc……These people paid a pretty penny for a once in a lifetime chance (for most of us) and were expecting to get what…..they paid for…THe NFL KNEW or should ahve known they were selling tickets for seats not available….they took their money, put it in the coffers, and have been getting interest on it for 4 years!!!…I hope they have to pay these people BIG BIG Bucks!!!!

  6. Pure greed. Normally I’d side with the fans against the greed of the NFL, but the mistake was acknowledged, and more than fair compensation was given. These guys are looking for a lottery ticket where one is undeserved.

  7. This is the worst thing that could’ve happened for the NFL if you ask me. The average person is going to heavily sympathize with people who spent more to not attend the SB than most of those jurors probably have saved up for a safety net…

  8. darn, i came here looking for another excuse to bash goodell

    but this looks like its on the fan though, compensation for your expenses plus a hookup for the following super bowl was a fair deal

  9. Not only the expense of traveling to go to the big game, it’s also that a fan may not see the team he follows back in the SB any time soon.

    This was a huge greedy screw job by the league and I’d love to see them get hammered for a lot more than they have offered as compensation.

  10. From a pure legal standpoint, they (the fans) are only entitled to a full refund of the purchase price of the ticket – nothing more. “Once in a lifetime” has no basis for legal argument as there have been teams that have made it to multiple Super Bowls and the operators of AT&T Stadium have no direct authority nor ability to prevent either of these teams (Steelers and Packers) from making it back to one. That’s like demanding that an airline compensate you for a missed appointment due to a delay, cancellation, or over-booking (non weather-related) of a flight.

  11. I don’t understand anyone bashing these people. Unless your favorite team is the Patriots then i could see them being upset. There really isn’t much to compensate for not seeing your favorite team in the Super Bowl. For most teams it doesn’t happen that often. Money is the only way IMO.

  12. flexx91 says:
    Mar 2, 2015 3:10 PM
    From a pure legal standpoint, they (the fans) are only entitled to a full refund of the purchase price of the ticket – nothing more. “Once in a lifetime” has no basis for legal argument as there have been teams that have made it to multiple Super Bowls and the operators of AT&T Stadium have no direct authority nor ability to prevent either of these teams (Steelers and Packers) from making it back to one. That’s like demanding that an airline compensate you for a missed appointment due to a delay, cancellation, or over-booking (non weather-related) of a flight.

    Incorrect, sir… That’s why our court system uses punitive damages to deter future conduct. The legal argument is going to revolve around selling seats that never existed (fraud- criminal) and how the promise of this product as a result of the contract entered into by both parties was the basis for all other associated costs that the plaintiffs incurred as part of the “NFL Super Bowl experience.”

  13. How many plaintiffs are there in this case? If it’s 5 it would paint a much different picture than if it is 100. I can imagine costs getting up there pretty high by the time travel and lodging were totaled up. I’m also sure everybody wanted guaranteed tickets to a future Super Bowl. If those weren’t part of the NFL’s offers I can see why people sued. But to win any lawsuit you have to be able to prove damages and that’s going to be tough in this case. From a legal standpoint I doubt they’ll get anything beyond their out-of-pocket expenses.

  14. Only Goodell would sell tickets to a Super Bowl for seats that did not exist. I hope the jury sticks it big time to Goodell and the NFL. I am a long-time Saints fan and NOTHING, and I mean NOTHING, could replace the experience of seeing them win the Super Bowl in person.

  15. I hope these people get everything they put into the superbowl plus some. That’ll teach the NFL and Jerrah for ripping off these fans. No excuse for this.

  16. Some of you don’t know the story. They DID get it in the game but couldn’t watch it from the non-existent seats. They watched from big screen TVs in a suite. Granted, they couldn’t see the live action, which is inexcusable, but they did get to enter the stadium.

  17. I have had the fortune of going to three Super Bowls – 36, 38 & 39. I have to say if I had purchased authentic tickets and been denied entry to the game I would have been irate.

    The NFL is selling an experience. They promised more then they could deliver and those that were affected deserve their chance in court to have their case heard.

    Was the NFL’s offer at the time fair? Who’s to say? But how many times have the Packers been back to the Super Bowl since 2011? Or the Steelers? Not once.

    All I know is if this happened to me, my name would be right next to the other names on the court documents under Plaintiff .

  18. Ok legal expert, show me where the plantiffs in the case are claiming fraud then I will buy into your further argument. If so, then yes punitive damages should be awarded (the action resulting in the loss has to intentional or malicious for punitive damages). If the action was “criminal” in nature, it probably wouldn’t have taken three years to make it to trial.

  19. NFL knew what they were doing. Make them pay.
    There is so much greed in the League.
    It wont matter when the NFL gets their way and every game is Pay-per-view. That is when I stop being a fan.

  20. This could have been handled a month or so after the Super Bowl was held at the Cowboys facility, but here we are.

    All the NFL should have done with anyone not taking their offer, was to have a sit down with their lawyers and asked the fans what exactly do you want?

    So at this point, is it the fans wanting more or the NFL not wanting to compensate them. Remember some fans buy Super Bowl tickets over 3x the face value.

  21. For certain fans, an opportunity to see their favorite team play in a Super Bowl game may occur once in their lifetime and if that game happened to be that once in a lifetime, I simply can’t imagine a fair compensation in their eyes.

    Certainly getting tickets to next years Super Bowl game wouldn’t do it, especially if their favorite team wasn’t in it which is likely the case.

    I think the NFL should start with offering each person season tickets for the next year to the stadium of their choice with seats between the 20 yard lines, plus Super Bowl tickets and they get to pick the year. Plus all expenses they had for the Super Bowl game from which they were excluded.

    The NFL doesn’t mind charging each fan around $16,00.00 per ticket to see four 15 minute quarters of football at the Super Bowl.

  22. When you buy a ticket, if the small print on the back of it didn’t deliver as promised then these fans deserve what they can get from this lawsuit.

  23. ihateravens says:
    Mar 2, 2015 3:50 PM
    Jerry Jones is a scum bag. I went to that game – $45 for a prime rib sandwich and a beer from a stand that didn’t have prices on it.
    —————————————————————-

    What are you complaining for?
    It was your choice to buy that stuff.
    Maybe next time just get a couple orders of fries to tide you over and a soda to wash it down.

  24. Staying at home looks better and better.
    I know that I don’t get the “live” experience.
    But I’m not sure if all the hassles and expense would really be worth it.

  25. I bet the NFL’s offer of another SB all expenses paid trip to make up for this seating fiasco was more about saving money vs paying out huge amounts from a lawsuit than it was to show they care enough about the fans.

  26. What was Goodells line to the Saints “ignorance is no excuse” go read Goodells testimony on this case. Talk about an arrogant you know what.

    These people should get reimbursed for their entire costs and then some for the time and aggravation associated with this fiasco.

  27. This has nothing to do with Rodger Goodell. The seats weren’t finished in time for the game. That is on the Cowboys, the NFL and whoever was hired to finish the stadium construction. Goodell bashers are good for a laugh though. Sorry Saints fans that means you.

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