Super Bowl XLV played last weekend was an exciting game but resulted in one off -the -field controversy . The NFL announced just hours before the game that about 1,250 temporary seats had been deemed unsafe, and it scrambled to find new seats for about 850 people. The remaining 400 ticket holders were forced to watch from standing-room locations around the stadium and have filed a lawsuit against the NFL , the Dallas Cowboys and owner Jerry Jones. The federal lawsuit filed Tuesday in Dallas — just two days after the big game — alleges breach of contract, fraud and deceptive sales practices. It was filed on behalf of people who ended up watching the game on TV at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, or were stuck in inferior seats .
The situation arose because the NFL , not content with the billions it reaps annually , tried to make more millions by adding the temporary seats and I don’t have any sympathy for them . Nor do I feel for Jerry Jones, the interfering , arrogant owner of the Cowboys. Still , I must say that the settlement offered by the NFL to disgruntled fans appears fair . The NFL gave the roughly 400 fans without seats two options. The first –a ticket to next year’s Super Bowl and a cash payment of $2,400, three times the face value of the ticket. The second –a ticket to any future Super Bowl, along with round-trip airfare and hotel accommodations.
Some fans are labelling the offer an insult . Readers responding to the news story seem to have lost their sense of proportion , their dislike of Jerry Jones and the Cowboys leading them to make some ridiculous statements . One of them lambasted the Cowboys and the NFL for being chintzy and proposed that the aggrieved fans be given a cash payment of $ 5,o00 and tickets to all future Super Bowls for as long as they live ! Really ?!! It’s easy to be generous with other people’s money, isn’t it ?
I think the two options that the NFL offered redress the fans grievances and make their losses whole.
Both options give the fans a ticket to next year’s Super Bowl and option 2 by paying for the hotel accommodations and airfare offsets the expenses the fans incurred in going to Dallas for this year’s contest. True they did not get to see this year’s contest but so what ? Nothing can be done about that now and , while some of them may have been Green Bay or Steeler fans who missed seeing their favorite team in action , the majority of them are people who want to attend a ( any) Super Bowl . Missing out on this one doesn’t involve any pain and suffering , any mental trauma. I think they are just out to make some money.
As someone said “”May the litigants be cursed with chronic diarrhea and hemorrhoids for the next twelve months.”