Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Fan sues NFL for more affordable Super Bowl tickets: Report

Just as Super Bowl XLVIII tickets start trickling into the marketplace, a New Jersey man — who shelled out $4,000 to a ticket reseller for two seats to the Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium — filed a lawsuit against the National Football League alleging the league makes it too hard for the average fan to buy tickets for the big game.

Josh Finkelman — and his lawyer — believe that he was forced to spend far too much money for his tickets, because they claim the NFL — who will rake in millions of dollars of revenue from the event — has made just 1 percent of Super Bowl seats available to the general public at face value, reports nj.com.

They claim limiting the availability of tickets 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 disgruntled fans.

Talk about David vs. Goliath.

NJ.com reported:

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.

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.

Nagel says he reached the 1 percent figure by relying on "a widely adopted number reached by many independent analyses that have been done," but did not elaborate.


  1. Just another guy wanting money for nothing. If he truly couldn't afford them, he could have done like the rest of us millions and had a much cheaper super bowl party with friends and family.

  2. Stay at home , watch it in the warmth of your house . Super Bowl outdoors in N.J.. in Feb. Couldn't give me a ticket to this .

  3. yeah , maybe if the game is in NJ , there may be a completely more ridiculous law in tazmania as well , is someone there going to sue the NFL as well, LoL ,

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  5. I live near Boston and still you'd have to pay me to see a Patriots game(or any NFL game) in person. Can't wait for the Polar Vortex Bowl!!

  6. Great idea to have a seating chart ready to pull up. Good info on what to look for in a fake ticket! Keep blogging!

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