Fans at Hall of Fame Non-Game weren’t promptly told of cancellation

AP

If the NFL and/or the Hall of Fame (i.e., the NFL) decide to truly make it right with customers who either came to Canton or stayed an extra night for a game that wasn’t played, they’ll have some extra money to fund those efforts.

As noted by Gregg Doyel of the Indianapolis Star, the powers-that-be failed to announce to the crowd that the game had been canceled. Which kept the cash registers ringing as fans who didn’t realize that they could (and should) just leave stuck around to buy food, drinks, and other stuff while waiting for a game that the NFL/HOF knew by that point wasn’t going to be played.

“It was intentional,” Doyel wrote. “It was deceitful. It was the Pro Football Hall of Fame keeping alive the façade, using its scoreboard to show a countdown to an 8 p.m. kickoff that would never happen, because there was money to be made.”

“I’ve spent $50 since I got into the stadium,” Ben Coleman of Terre Haute, Indiana told Doyel roughly 30 minutes before a kickoff that never happen. “You’re damn right I’m mad. I’m [expletive].”

A Packers fan then chimed in with this: “I spent $65 on this food. How [expletive] do you think I am?”

Fans/customers are indeed [expletive], but don’t expect the NFL to do jack [expletive] about it, beyond refunding ticket prices. That’s not how the NFL operates.

Maybe, on this 10th anniversary of Roger Goodell’s elevation from COO to Commissioner, he’ll have an epiphany. Maybe he’ll conduct a press conference during which he takes full responsibility for the situation. Maybe he’ll promise to do everything the league can to make it right. Maybe he’ll vow to reimburse fans for all expenses incurred unnecessarily for a game that wasn’t played — both before and after the NFL knew it wouldn’t be played.

Maybe you made it through that paragraph without laughing out loud.

A decade in to the Goodell tenure, it’s clear that his overriding goal is to Protect The Shield. That’s typically accomplished by circling the wagons, not by opening the coffers. Don’t expect that approach to suddenly change now.

107 responses to “Fans at Hall of Fame Non-Game weren’t promptly told of cancellation

  1. I debated on taking my 2 boys to the game from Indy. Once we read that Luck and Rodgers weren’t playing, we bailed. While I am sure the fans are rightfully upset – surely they weren’t expecting much more than a glorified practice.

  2. The NFL is going to start to lose fans at an alarming rate.
    They are so overexposed and full of themselves it’s disgusting. Who wants to hear another former player say the same BS over and over again on NFL network? They are running out of whys to hold peoples attention..
    Goodell needs to go now.

    #karma

  3. When did the NFL stop caring about their fans?? I mean they displaced ppl from their seats at the SUPER BOWL… I think it all goes back to a certain someone being named the new commissioner of the NFL.

  4. “..A Packers fan then chimed in with this: “I spent $65 on this food. How [expletive] do you think I am?”..”

    Pretty [expletive] actually…

  5. Are you kidding me, of course they knew!! They knew all the porkers from Packer land were coming. And they would be doing some grazing!!!!! LOL I mean look at the picture, they were going to need some food between going from the stadium to their cars… LOL hilarious

  6. This is the league 90% of NFL fans bent over backwards to support when it fabricated a controversy against a team everyone dislikes.

    You get what you pay for.

  7. Goodell can declare that a portion of players fines for the 2016 season will be allocated to reimburse fans the NFL screwed over at the Hall of Fame game. At least that way the money will go to some good use other than to line his own pockets.

  8. I think the NFL owes a refund beyond the ticket price but at the same time, what sort of glutton spends $65 on food before the game even starts?

    On beer maybe, but that just seems excessively stupid, a trait more often displayed by Viking fans, not Packer fans.

  9. Cue the insults about how much Packer fans eat..

    However in the dude’s defense, $65 worth of food at a (non)game is probably like a couple hot dogs and a Sprite.

  10. The NFL is a seriously corrupt, greedy organization that not only takes its audience for a bunch of suckers but treats them with disdain as well. After seeing how they’ll railroad and smear anybody to suit their corporate agenda, I’ve decided to never voluntarily give this dispicable bunch another dollar. Incidents like this just reinforce that.

  11. Sucker born every minute.
    The NFL does not care about loyal fans when there’s money to be made.

  12. I was at the Chiefs/Packers game that was cancelled in 2003 and they did the same thing then. They didn’t say the game was cancelled they just stopped play and the teams ran off the field when there was lightning. It wasn’t until probably 30 minutes later when the word went out through the crowd.

  13. its an outrageous situation….. but every sunday a family of four has to spend $400-500 to attend an everyday game… so the NFL continues to jack prices until we say “no more”

  14. There is only one solution to this. The NFL should reimburse every person for every related receipt they present with their ticket stub. And the NFL shouldn’t be overly critical of the receipts that are presented within reason. They should make the announcement now and ask fans to be patient while they review and process every individual request. This should not have happened and Roger needs to step up and own this FUBAR. Anything less is a complete and total failure of leadership – which is what we have all come to expect.

  15. “the powers-that-be failed to announce to the crowd that the game had been canceled. Which kept the cash registers ringing as fans who didn’t realize that they could (and should) just leave stuck around to buy food, drinks, and other stuff while waiting for a game that the NFL/HOF knew by that point wasn’t going to be played.”

    Which underscores the vast, disgusting greed of the owners and vile Goodell and his cronies.

    The league is going to come crashing down in the next couple years as fans find other things to do with their lives.

  16. Lie, cheat, deceive, steal, delay for desired result…Roger would NEVER do something like that he is all about INTEGRITY and you all love him for it!

  17. It’s not “protect the shield” so much as it is “shield the money.” :/

  18. Why couldn’t think have happened to one of the games in England? That’s the only game/games I selfishly wouldn’t mind seeing be cancelled.

  19. “A Packers fan then chimed in with this: “I spent $65 on this food. How [expletive] do you think I am?”………this coming from a guy who spent $250 for a piece of toilet paper that says “he’s an owner”……

  20. The NFL under Goodell will never change. When millions of people tell the endorsement companies, they will stop buying their products.Only then, will Goodell be fired. Money talks and sh$$ walks.

  21. Yet another black eye for the NFL.

    What has Goodell done well for the owners? Was it he who negotiated the CBA? If so, then he did well for the owners. But if it was others, then how has Goodell been a good Commissioner?
    Has he been effective at building the brand and marketing the NFL?
    I sure don’t see him doing a good job at day to day things.

  22. NFL needs to compensate them for the entire cost of the trip and also make a good gesture that anyone with a ticket to the game can get an autograph poster of th 2016 HOF inductees

  23. Goodell has turned this once proud league into a laughingstock. His continued screw-ups, Bountygate, Deflategate, Ray Rice, concussions, domestic violence. You name it, he has screwed it up. What exactly will it take for the NFL owners to tell him to hit the road? I am boycotting the NFL all year for the way Goodell framed and railroaded Brady.

  24. The most hilarious thing about this is that since the NFL logo on the center of the field was one of the issues, the “shield” has literally been tarnished with this debacle.

    Goodell and his cronies must go !

  25. Goodell — DESPICABLE AND INCOMPETENT.
    Lights going out at Super Bowl, selling tickets to Super Bowl for seats that didn’t exist, now Hall of Fame Game cancelled. This stuff NEVER happened before “Barney Fife” Goodell took over. What makes it even worse is he takes advantage of loyal NFL fans — he sees fans as only dollar signs to be exploited for maximum profit. What a despicable human being Goodell is.

  26. Who cares about the cost of a couple of beers and a hot dog (translated into Packer-speak — 5 beers). What about the folks that drove hundreds of miles, rented a hotel room and bought tickets? Not even Packer fans deserve that screw job.

  27. goodguyattorney says:
    Aug 8, 2016 10:09 AM
    There is only one solution to this. The NFL should reimburse every person for every related receipt they present with their ticket stub. And the NFL shouldn’t be overly critical of the receipts that are presented within reason. They should make the announcement now and ask fans to be patient while they review and process every individual request. This should not have happened and Roger needs to step up and own this FUBAR. Anything less is a complete and total failure of leadership – which is what we have all come to expect.

    ========================================

    You’re right, but who gets a receipt for a beer or hot dog at a game?? Most people just pay cash. The league should just throw in an extra $50-$100 bucks on top of the ticket refund to everyone. It’s not like they can’t afford to do that!

  28. Lets keep in mind that this is a fan base that willingly buys “shares” of stock that offer no dividends and cannot be resold to anyone with teeth.

  29. It was still a great weekend, especially Favre’s speech where he finally let Viking fans in on the secret.

    They were nothing more than fat rebound skanks.

    He was never taking you to the prom. He had to throw that ball to Tracey Porter.

    You all got played.

  30. The real losers are the consession vendors that couldn’t sell their perishable goods. They should be refunded as well.

  31. You can see the game cheaper and better on TV, and when BS like this happens you just change the channel over to the Red Sox game.

  32. Jerry Jones is still selling tickets to this game right now. Someone needs to sue him to get him to stop!

  33. A screwup on the part of NFL, but $50 or $65 for stadium-priced food? As the ancient saying goes “a fool and his money are soon parted”.
    Get a snack bag.

  34. whatjusthapped says:
    Aug 8, 2016 9:56 AM

    I think the NFL owes a refund beyond the ticket price but at the same time, what sort of glutton spends $65 on food before the game even starts?

    ———————————————

    He probably has a family or went with friends and bought food for a few people. Unlike you, some people go with friends.

  35. the NFL owners on the HoF board are:

    McCaskey of the Bears; Jimmy Haslam of the Browns; Jerry Jones of the Cowboys; Dan Rooney of the Steelers; Dan Snyder of Washington; and Denise DeBartolo York of the 49ers.

    I see one name in that list, Rooney, who knows anything about football, and i am sure these guys are going to have Godell put the blame on some poor scapegoat who probably tried to warn the league that the field was not going to be up to snuff.

    Integrity

  36. NFL owners on the HoF board are:

    McCaskey of the Bears; Jimmy Haslam of the Browns; Jerry Jones of the Cowboys; Dan Rooney of the Steelers; Dan Snyder of Washington; and Denise DeBartolo York of the 49ers.

    I see one name in that list, Rooney, who knows anything about football, and i am sure these guys are going to have Godell put the blame on some poor scapegoat who probably tried to warn the league that the field was not going to be up to snuff.

    Integrity

  37. In Teddy We Trust says:
    Aug 8, 2016 9:56 AM

    Packer fans don’t need a football game as an excuse to buy beer.
    ————————————————–

    Duh….Who does!! Although, Viking fans prefer whine!!!

  38. So people overpaid for stadium food. It’s OK. We Packer fans used our Packer stock dividends to buy all that stuff.

  39. Cry me a river that you “wasted” money on food. If you have enough extra cash to [expletive] away on a meaningless preseason game, I don’t want to hear it.

  40. the question people should be asking is, how much did NBC pay off the NFL to sabotage the HOF Game. Lets Face it, no one is watching the Olympics, If NBC had a chance to sabotage a game, this would be the game

  41. whatjusthapped says:
    Aug 8, 2016 9:56 AM

    I think the NFL owes a refund beyond the ticket price but at the same time, what sort of glutton spends $65 on food before the game even starts?
    ————————

    From what I’ve heard about concession prices, that was probably just 2-4 hot dogs, and 2-4 cokes/beers. They make movie theater concession prices seem reasonable.

  42. Packer fans live in mobile trailer homes that are stocked with beer and chips so no hotel, food or drink expenses for them. That had to sting when Favre mentioned the Vikings a couple of times during his HOF speech.

  43. This is not football related, but could only happen in Green Bay……today’s news………”A quick search on Craigslist yielded an ad from Mark Warner, who lost the prosthetic limb when his own canoe tipped over during a July fishing trip on Range Line Lake in Wabeno. The 49-year-old from Green Bay said he rescued his cooler, but the prosthetic limb got away.
    Lose the leg but save the beer!!!!!

  44. We all know what Goodell is but your forum will not allow me to tell it like it is like I want to tell you how it is. The NFL is a lame sports league in a lot of ways and I do not plan on buying any NFL gear this season. I have a closet full. Goodell can go take a hike off a short pier.

  45. As lifelong diehard NFL fan and a major consumer of the NFL I have reached the point of tuning out the NFL. It’s difficult for me to support their corrupt and greedy ways.

  46. In Teddy We Trust says:
    Aug 8, 2016 9:56 AM

    Packer fans don’t need a football game as an excuse to buy beer.

    =================================

    You’re right. Beer is delicious. So is cheese. I’d say about 95% of other people (not from WI) would agree. You sound boring.

  47. Goodell and the constant rule changes, generated “controversies”, talk of teams moving to Europe, 18 game schedules, overpriced tickets, etc have slowly started to turn this 20 year die-hard fan against the NFL. For the first time in years, I didn’t watch the draft or pay any attention to the offseason. I bought NBA 2k16 when I haven’t purchased a Madden since ’12. Got really into the NBA for the first time since Jordan retired. Mark Cuban was right. The NFL is getting too big for it’s britches.

  48. It’s easy to laugh at people who would actually attend this game, but we shouldn’t. The NFL’s actions are downright criminal. Did I see that the billionaire owners have got 332 other games a year to cash in on? Pay these people! Their choice of an ideal vacation spot differs greatly from mine, but so what? Don’t cheat the public.

  49. whatjusthapped says:
    Aug 8, 2016 9:56 AM

    I think the NFL owes a refund beyond the ticket price but at the same time, what sort of glutton spends $65 on food before the game even starts?

    You obviously don’t go to games. If you bring a family of 4 to a game and ONLY pay that amount, you would consider yourself lucky.

    This is why I don’t go to games anymore and I use to be a season ticket holder. They have gone too far out of control with prices. Between the cost of tickets, parking, getting something to eat (even if you decide to bring your own and tailgate) and possibly getting something to remember the game by a family of 4 will spend well over $500.

    I’ve got more important things to spend that kind of coin on.

    And I agree with some other people who have commented on here, I will not give the NFL another dime with this corrupt office they have at 345 Park Ave. And I use to buy all sorts of memorabilia year after year. Haven’t given them a single cent in about two years now and won’t until the ginger hammer and his flunkies are gone.

  50. This was just a stealth PR campaign for the unveiling of the league’s new mascot, Captain Integrity. Later today will be a YouTube release showing him charging little kids $74.99 for a “game day” cap and then running away with their change.

  51. Way to go rubes!!!! If the fans of the NFL keep spending money on the NFL (hats, jerseys, games at stadiums, the NFL Draft, any NFL merchandise) nothing is going to change.

    The NFL sees it’s fans like airlines look at fliers….fill the seats, charge for everything and never admit a problem, bad choice or mistake. Keep the money flowing from the fan pockets into the NFL coffers!!!!

    SUCKERS!!!! No really it’s your team….until you stop paying then it’s someone else’s team….Wake Up Rubes!!!!

  52. Ray Rice. BountyGate. Adrian Perterson. DeflateGate. Now this. DON’T go back to your Day Job (public relations), Goodell. You’ve burned that to the ground and to the public you’re a laughingstock.

  53. tonyzendejas says:
    Aug 8, 2016 9:50 AM
    This is the league 90% of NFL fans bent over backwards to support when it fabricated a controversy against a team everyone dislikes.

    You get what you pay for.

    —-

    And the Pats whining continues. Yawn.

  54. Will anyone be surprised if some of the fans at game sue the crap out of the NFL.

  55. ..”A Packers fan then chimed in with this: “I spent $65 on this food. How pissed do you think I am?”

    Anyone who spends 65 bucks on stadium food(four hot dogs and two beers) deserves to get screwed just for stupidity.

  56. Can’t wait for next year’s Hall of Fame “game”…when the Dolphins play the Chargers, say, and thousands of fans from South Florida (oh, about 2,000 miles away) and thousands of fans from San Diego (oh, say, 3,000 miles away) get to waste $10,000 each to witness another “game” FUBAR (chime in all the Bills, Jets, Pats, Raiders, Rams, and Niners fans here on how no former Fins or Bolts deserve to be in the HoF, plus how much beer they will spend wasted money on! Sheesh!) Cut the crap on Packers fans! You Bears, Vikes, and Lions fans are even worse! And far less loyal!

  57. Always funny seeing Vikings fans make fun of Packers for their dietary habits.

    I’ve been to Minny several times, and if anything the obesity problem there is ever greater.

    But that’s the sad fate of the Vikings fans. They have nothing to look forwards to each season but making fun of the teams so successful that the Vikes fans in their wildest dreams couldn’t imagine.

  58. obsession55 says:
    Aug 8, 2016 10:38 AM

    goodguyattorney says:
    Aug 8, 2016 10:09 AM
    … The NFL should reimburse every person for every related receipt they present with their ticket stub….

    ========================================

    You’re right, but who gets a receipt for a beer or hot dog at a game?? Most people just pay cash. The league should just throw in an extra $50-$100 bucks on top of the ticket refund to everyone. It’s not like they can’t afford to do that!
    +++++++++++++++++
    Agreed. There should be a minimum $100 “incidental expense” added to every claim.

  59. Gregg Doyel calling the NFL intentionally deceitful?? Wasn’t this the guy who trumpeted their fair and just handling of Deflategate? Tool.

  60. “Lets keep in mind that this is a fan base that willingly buys “shares” of stock that offer no dividends and cannot be resold to anyone with teeth.”

    Packer fans know that the stock is worthless to them as a personal investment (actally it is worth what they paid for it). However, it does help fund improvements to the stadium and other property owned by the Packer corporation, thereby drawing in more people and helping the local economy.

  61. Don’t forget to demand a year’s worth of rent and/or mortgage payments while you’re all ranting.

  62. melikefootball says:
    Aug 8, 2016 12:04 PM

    Will anyone be surprised if some of the fans at game sue the crap out of the NFL.
    ———————–

    Not unless the NFL decides to not refund the cost of the tickets.

  63. Yet again the same doom and gloom predictions in here about the NFL falling apart blah blah blah yet everyyear the ratings continue to rise to all time record levels. How do you imbeciles aka patriot fans explain that epic downfall?

  64. As someone who just bought season tickets to MLS and really enjoys the fan experience (and much lower ticket prices)… the NFL is becoming a total joke. Banning Peterson, screwing Brady, debacles like this… Other sports, soccer, esports, whatever, will rise and greedy, monopolies like the NFL will crash #CantPaint #CantInflate #FreeBrady

  65. If the fans who spent money at the game are truly upset, they should call their credit card company and dispute the charge(s). Maybe the credit card company will chargeback the NFL. As big as the NFL is, the consumer has more rights in the eye of the credit card companies.

  66. Some of those packages are well over $3k not including your travel. It’s not something an apology fixes when you spend the entry fee & can’t get the travel expenses back. I don’t blame anyone for being upset.

  67. I heard North Korea paid the NFL double their profits to cancel the game, just because. NFL isn’t turning down that offer!

  68. Aren’t the food services handled by outside companies at NFL venues? I know some stands are usually cash only and don’t issue receipts. How are those people supposed to document their expenses.

  69. Why haven’t we heard from the Supreme Leader yet?

    They must be having a hell of a time wordsmithing this latest fiasco.

  70. I wonder if the League Elders were playing “I’m not going to tell them. You tell them.”

  71. I wonder if they will be compensated for other expenses such as restaurants, wages lost from taking time off work, etc?

  72. I was at the game and agree the handling was disgusting. When they proceeded with the usual pregame music, etc only to watch the players stroll out pad-less and in shorts, I found it insulting. There was no announcement until that time, although everyone pretty much knew. The HOF president was rightfully booed, and could not even bring himself to apologize. Goodell, who I assume was there, nor any league representative spoke. No one until they interviewed Brett Favre and Mike McCarthy even had the decency to apologize to the fans. Everyone should be for player safety, but considering what the game is and the conditions the NFL does play through, its hard to accept that some hard paint covering about 5% of the playing field surface causes a cancellation. If the NFL and teams are not committed to playing the game then just cancel it permanently. Everyone knows what type game it is, but for many it is a nice ending to a great weekend, and for some a unique affordable seat at an NFL game.

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