Fan Sues Over Exhorbitant Cost of Super Bowl Tickets

Photo (cc) by NYCMarines

In the eyes of an angry New Jersey fan, the NFL is not playing fair with its Super Bowl ticket policy. So he’s gone to court.

Josh Finkelman, who purchased two tickets to the big game for a grand total of $4,000, filed a “class-action suit on behalf of anyone forced to pay more than face value for the Feb. 2 Super Bowl, or anyone who wanted to buy seats — and couldn’t afford them,” reports the New York Daily News.

Here’s what the lawsuit alleges:

  • The NFL keeps 25 percent of the tickets to give to “companies, broadcast networks, media sponsors, the host committee and other league insiders.”
  • The league violates the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act, which says no more than 5 percent of available tickets can be withheld. And since the big game is being played in New Jersey this year, Jersey rules apply.
  • Only 1 percent of tickets are released for sale to fans at face value through a lottery.

The NFL’s response? That “nearly 75 percent of the tickets are distributed to the NFL’s teams, which sell the seats at face value to their fans,” the Daily News said.

But, according to the Star-Ledger of New Jersey, the lawsuit says:

… upon information and belief, individual franchise teams do not make their allotments available to the general public, but instead offer them, in large part, to resellers, who grossly inflate the price and then repackage the tickets into costly packages. … The resellers are promised access to these tickets from the franchises, via ticket contracts entered into years in advance, that provide for specific quantities of Super Bowl tickets before the tickets are even printed.

“I believe they need to release the seats at face value,” Finkelman said. “We’re the ones who support the team, who buy the jerseys. We should be able to go at a fair price.”

Let’s see how this lawsuit gets resolved. But meanwhile there’s no doubt that Super Bowl tickets can cost an outrageous amount of money. The Associated Press reports:

In September, the NFL said it expected the most expensive tickets for its championship game will be about $2,600 each for 9,000 premium seats … .

That’s more than twice the $1,250 cost for similar tickets at last season’s Super Bowl in New Orleans.

The next tier of seats is expected to go for $1,500 compared to $950 in New Orleans. About 40 percent of general admission seats will be under $1,000 … .

Do you think the NFL is greedy? Share your thoughts in the comments below or on our Facebook page.

Disclosure: The information you read here is always objective. However, we sometimes receive compensation when you click links within our stories.

Read Next
5 Simple Steps to an Awesome Retirement
5 Simple Steps to an Awesome Retirement

The path to your dream retirement begins with these five steps. How many have you already taken?

3 Costly Social Security Mistakes That Women Make
3 Costly Social Security Mistakes That Women Make

Women face unique challenges when planning for retirement and making these mistakes can result in a skimpier retirement.

10 Expenses You Should Not Put on a Credit Card
10 Expenses You Should Not Put on a Credit Card

Sometimes it’s simply safer to keep the plastic tucked away.

11 Secret Uses for Everyday Items That Save Money
11 Secret Uses for Everyday Items That Save Money

These are simple solutions for life’s irritations.

5 Ways Your Phone Can Slash Grocery Costs
5 Ways Your Phone Can Slash Grocery Costs

These free apps and websites can help you get cash back on groceries, shop more efficiently or squeeze the most from the ingredients you have on hand.

View this page without ads

Help us produce more money-saving articles and videos by subscribing to a membership.

Get Started

Most Popular
10 Things Frugal People Never Buy
10 Things Frugal People Never Buy

If you’re a true tightwad, the mere thought of spending money on these items gives you the willies.

10 Useless Purchases You Need to Stop Making
10 Useless Purchases You Need to Stop Making

You might as well flush your money down the loo if you spend it on these things.

7 Social Security Benefits You May Be Overlooking
7 Social Security Benefits You May Be Overlooking

There’s more to Social Security than retirement benefits.

3 Ways to Get Microsoft Office for Free
3 Ways to Get Microsoft Office for Free

With a little ingenuity, you can cut Office costs to zero.

7 Social Security Rules Everyone Should Know by Now
7 Social Security Rules Everyone Should Know by Now

Confusion over Social Security is a shame, considering how many of us will need this money badly.

The 6 Best Investing Apps for Beginners
The 6 Best Investing Apps for Beginners

If you’re looking to ease into investing in the coronavirus economy with just a little money, check out these easy-to-use tools.

14 Things You Should Stop Buying in 2021
14 Things You Should Stop Buying in 2021

These convenient household products come with hidden costs that you might not have considered.

8 Things You Should Replace to Improve Your Life Today
8 Things You Should Replace to Improve Your Life Today

Being frugal isn’t smart if you put off replacing these items.

10 Deep Discounts Available on Amazon This Friday
10 Deep Discounts Available on Amazon This Friday

These items are all steeply discounted — but the deals won’t last long.

Is Writing a Check Still Safe?
Is Writing a Check Still Safe?

Every time you pay by check, you hand your bank account numbers to a stranger.

7 Kirkland Signature Items to Avoid at Costco
7 Kirkland Signature Items to Avoid at Costco

Even if it seems you save a bundle buying Costco’s Kirkland Signature brand products, they may not be the bargain they appear to be.

9 Things You Should Never Leave in a Car
9 Things You Should Never Leave in a Car

Thinking of leaving these possessions in a car? Prepare for unexpected consequences.

9 Mistakes People Make When Cleaning With Vinegar
9 Mistakes People Make When Cleaning With Vinegar

Cleaning with vinegar can save you a lot of money, but using it like this can cost you.

13 Amazon Purchases We Are Loving Right Now
13 Amazon Purchases We Are Loving Right Now

These practical products make everyday life a little easier.

7 Income Tax Breaks That Retirees Often Overlook
7 Income Tax Breaks That Retirees Often Overlook

Did you realize all these tax credits and deductions exist — or that they apply to retirees?

10 Cars You Are Most Likely to Keep for 15 Years
10 Cars You Are Most Likely to Keep for 15 Years

The cars that owners hold onto the longest have one thing in common, a new study shows.

10 Things Successful Retirees Do Differently
10 Things Successful Retirees Do Differently

These habits and characteristics can help put you on the track to success.

7 Costly Health Problems That Strike After Age 50
7 Costly Health Problems That Strike After Age 50

As we age, our bodies wear down. Here is how to cut costs associated with some common ailments.

29 Purchases That Can Save You Money Every Day
29 Purchases That Can Save You Money Every Day

Sometimes, you’ve got to spend to save.

View More Articles

View this page without ads

Help us produce more money-saving articles and videos by subscribing to a membership.

Get Started

Add a Comment

Our Policy: We welcome relevant and respectful comments in order to foster healthy and informative discussions. All other comments may be removed. Comments with links are automatically held for moderation.