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Average fan can't get affordable Super Bowl tickets, lawsuit alleges


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http://www.nj.com/super-bowl/index.ssf/2014/01/average_fan_cant_get_super_bowl_tickets_lawsuit_alleges.html#incart_m-rpt-1

 

On Dec. 30, Josh Finkelman, a football fan from New Brunswick, shelled out $4,000 to a ticket reseller for two seats to the Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium, an event expected to haul in hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue for the National Football League.

But Finkelman — and his lawyer — believe that Finkelman was forced to spend far too much money for his tickets, because they claim the NFL has made just 1 percent of Super Bowl seats available to the general public at face value.

That move, they say, was a greedy and clear violation of a provision found in New Jersey’s Consumer Fraud Act entitled "withholding tickets from sale, prohibited amount." Yesterday, they sued the NFL in federal court in Newark, levying a class action lawsuit with potentially far-reaching implications that attempts to fold in a giant cross-section of aggrieved fans.

While it’s too early to determine the suit’s possible success, the stakes outlined in it appear to be sky high: Bruce Nagel, Finkelman’s lawyer, claims the triple damages sought in the suit could add up to hundreds of millions of dollars. And the 15-page legal document says it’s on behalf of all ticket buyers who have paid more than face amount for their tickets, along with anybody who couldn’t afford to buy tickets in an exorbitant secondary market, but who still wanted them.

"Read the provisions (of the New Jersey statute), they are clear as day," Nagel said yesterday in an interview. "The NFL just blew it. They just didn’t get the fact that there’s law in New Jersey that prohibits what they are doing."

He added, "I don’t think the NFL denies the fact that the Average Joe has no access to the tickets. … They hold a lottery where the general public gets 1 percent."

The NFL, for its part, issued a statement yesterday that read, "Our lawyers will review the complaint and respond accordingly."

Meanwhile, the pertinent subsection of the statute states, "It shall be an unlawful practice for a person, who has access to tickets to an event prior to the tickets’ release for sale to the general public, to withhold those tickets from sale to the general public in an amount exceeding 5% of all available seating for the event."

In essence, alleges Finkelman and Nagel, the NFL was required to make 95 percent of the MetLife Super Bowl tickets available to the public — which they say does not include season-ticket-holders — at face value.

Nagel says he reached the 1 percent figure by relying on "a widely adopted number reached by many independent analyses that have been done." He did not elaborate, and he also declined to comment on whether other states have consumer fraud acts similar to New Jersey’s. He also didn’t comment on whether other NFL games, besides the Super Bowl, also rely heavily on tickets that come through ticket resellers.

But the lawsuit does outline how the NFL divvies up its prized Super Bowl tickets among its 32 teams. Then, in a crucial allegation, it alleges "upon information and belief, individual franchise teams do not make their allotments available to the general public, but instead offer them, in large part, to resellers, who grossly inflate the price and then repackage the tickets into costly packages. … The resellers are promised access to these tickets from the franchises, via ticket contracts entered into years in advance, that provide for specific quantities of Super Bowl tickets before the tickets are even printed." The filed complaint does not give further evidence of that key allegation, other than the stated phrase of "upon information and belief."

According to the NFL, the league doles out Super Bowl tickets as follows: The two teams that make the Super Bowl share 35 percent of the tickets; the host teams – this year the Giants and Jets – share 6.2 percent of the tickets; the remaining 28 teams share more than 33 percent of the tickets; and the NFL retains 25 percent of them.

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I understand the no politics rule but you guys are interpreting it to mean no economics, law, math or science. If you just want to make the rule 'nothing but football' that might make more sense.  My post which was deleted in another thread was about macro economics, not politics. 

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I understand the no politics rule but you guys are interpreting it to mean no economics, law, math or science. If you just want to make the rule 'nothing but football' that might make more sense.  My post which was deleted in another thread was about macro economics, not politics. 

 

The one that was deleted in here was pretty political.  Sometimes the threat level gets raised and we have to start profiling.  After the Super Bowl the pat downs and profiling will be kept to a minimum lol.

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I understand the no politics rule but you guys are interpreting it to mean no economics, law, math or science. If you just want to make the rule 'nothing but football' that might make more sense.  My post which was deleted in another thread was about macro economics, not politics. 

 

 

It was an answer to a political post so I got a happy trigger finger.  LOL

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I definitely want in on this lawsuit.  I'd also like to file suit against the following.

 

The St. Regis in Bora Bora

Every Madison Avenue apartment building.

Salvatore Ferrigamo

Tesla Motors

Hookers

Every airlines with a first class cabin

Giovanni and Giacomo Canali

Sam Adams Utopias

The Jetlev Flyer

 

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Yeah good luck. The suit will be settled for a voucher for a free hot dog and drink for every class member... At a game the plaintiffs cant afford. While the lawyers walk away with 1/3 of the value of the vouchers in fees paid by the nfl. Class actions are the ultimate conflict of interest. Payoff the lawyers and the class members get worthless vouchers.

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The one that was deleted in here was pretty political.  Sometimes the threat level gets raised and we have to start profiling.  After the Super Bowl the pat downs and profiling will be kept to a minimum lol.

Can we assume that the cavity searches will continue?

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