Something tells me we haven’t heard the last of this.
The National Football League and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit over Super Bowl XLV tickets, saying reimbursement offers to displaced ticket holders were legally adequate.
“These offers were made to be accommodating to the NFL’s valued fans, but in fact, they exceed the amount to which any of the ticket holders is entitled,” lawyers for the NFL and Jones said in a court filing today.
I guess I don’t understand the defense that the NFL and Jerry Jones are using. It sounds like they are saying that they replaced the ticket holders expense for the original seats that they purchased.
The fans, seeking to represent other ticket holders in a class-action, or group suit, accuse the league and Jones of breach of contract, breach of faith and fair dealing, fraud, deceit and concealment and negligent misrepresentation.
Lawyers for the league and Jones said in an earlier filing that they offered to pay 3,296 fans a total of $4.5 million to $9.3 million.
“The motion filed by the NFL is nothing more than a Hail Mary pass,” Michael Avenatti, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, said in a phone interview. “Unfortunately for them, it is going to land on the ground.”
About 475 fans weren’t seated and watched the game on video screens. Another 2,821 fans were relocated to new seats, or were delayed outside the stadium, according to court papers.
The case is Simms v Jones, 3:11-cv–00248 U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas (Dallas).
It sounds like some fans weren’t even given seats inside of the stadium. What sort of reimbursement is that?