Jilted Fans Sue NFL, Cowboys, Jerry Jones
POSTED: Wednesday, February 9, 2011 - 4:02pm
UPDATED: Thursday, February 10, 2011 - 8:36am
Fans Without A Seat Seek $5 Million
DALLAS— Jerry Jones should get ready for court after fans filed a lawsuit against the NFL, the Cowboys, and Jones.
Nearly 1,000 fans sued the three after what they said was deceitful when they did not get a seat at the stadium or did not receive enough seats during Sunday's Super Bowl. The federal lawsuit, which was filed in Dallas, alleges breach of contract, fraud, and deceptive sales practices. The lawsuit seeks $5 million— an amount that could be tripled under the state's trade law— in actual damages and unspecified punitive damages.
1,250 fans did not have a spot in the Dallas Cowboys stadium after temporary seating sections were not finished on time. Other seating was found for 850 fans, but 400 were given the option to watch the game on monitors, or use standing-room platforms.
The league had originally said on Monday that those fans would get $2,400— the amount is three times the face value of the ticket— as well as tickets to next season's Super Bowl. Jilted fans were allowed on the field after Sunday's game and were given merchandise and food.
Tuesday, the NFL said these fans could now choose to attend any future Super Bowl instead of only next year's 2012 game. This option would include round-trip airfare and hotel accommodations. Fans whom choose that option will not get the $2,400. Those that do choose this option will be allowed to to wait until after conference championship games each season to see whether their favorite team will be heading to the Super Bowl.
Tickets will be transferable— meaning it could be sold on the secondary ticket market— if the fan chooses the first option.