An ESPN story released yesterday detailed how those several hundred fans who were stiffed upon arrival at last year’s big game have filed suit asking not only for the reimbursement of their tickets and lodging expenses, but for lost wages.
These fans were among the more than 1,200 fans who were sold tickets to seats that were determined to be unsafe just hours before the start of the game.
Four-hundred-seventy-five were forced to watch the game from a standing room only area and say they missed parts of the game because of the relocation.
Others were said to had been given obstructed view seats.
So, OK you’ve got several hundred fans who were yanked around by the Cowboys and the league in this situation, but I believe the fans have gone a bit far in this litigation.
The league has already said it would compensate the fans for the cost of their tickets, the cost of transportation, lodging, and even their meals.
But on top of that the fans are suing for their loss of income.
You can’t tell me that these folks are entitled to their income when they clearly attended the festivities and the game with the notion that something like this could happen. Most who go to the Super Bowl attend as much for the pre-game festivities as they do for the game.
So, here you’ve got fans who go to the city a day or two before the game, eat lots of good food, stay in a comfortable hotel and then head to the big game … Only to find they can’t sit in their assigned seats. They get moved around but most still get the chance to cheer for their favorite team. Sure, it’s not what they expected … But it seems it’s the lawyers who have gotten involved in this one.
Fans have been offered compensation that basically gives them the chance to attend a Super Bowl game for free. Most would jump at that opportunity.
Seeking their lost wages is going beyond logic.