Super Bowl seating fiasco prompts lawsuit against NFL, Jones
Feb. 9, 2011
A bad week for Jerry Jones just got a lot worse.
As another ice storm cripples the city of Dallas, a class-action lawsuit has been filed against the Dallas Cowboys owner, the team and the NFL in the wake of the seat fiasco that took place during the Super Bowl, according to The Associated Press.
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of displaced fans in a Dallas federal court on Tuesday and alleges breach of contract, fraud and deceptive sales practices.
Temporary seats were not fully installed where 1,250 tickets had been sold in the expanded Cowboys Stadium during an unsuccessful attempt to break the all-time Super Bowl attendance record.
About 800 fans were relocated to other seats in the stadium Sunday, but the rest had to watch the Green Bay Packers' 31-25 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on television.
One of the plaintiffs is a Cowboys season ticket-holder who said some of
Jones' biggest-spending fans were promised access to Super Bowl tickets and
ended up with obstructed views on metal folding chairs.
"Unfortunately, not all of the ticket-holders to Super Bowl XLV got what they
bargained for or what was promised to them," the lawsuit states.
The NFL has said that the roughly 400 fans who did not have a seat for the game have two options. The first is 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 is a ticket to any future Super Bowl, along
with round-trip airfare and hotel accommodations.