Posted by Andy Benoit
With the controversy surrounding the 400 fans who were without seats for Super Bowl XLV not dying down, and with scattered stories about some of those fans claiming they were not treated well during the already awful process Sunday, the NFL saw it fit to up the ante on their apology Tuesday.
Beloiw is a press releae the league sent out Tuesday night:
Commissioner Roger Goodell announced today that two options will be offered to the approximately 400 fans that purchased a ticket to Super Bowl XLV and did not receive a seat in the stadium due to the installation failure involving their seat in Cowboys Stadium. Each of the holders of the approximately 400 affected tickets will have a choice of:Minutes after this was release, the discussion on Twitter was whether this offer was adequate and which of the two options were best. Wouldn't you love to know how many people contact the NFL claiming to have been one of the 400 seatless fans? The over/under on it: 5,000, including all the idiots who won't come remotely close to fooling the league; 1,000 if we're including only those who will at least get someone from the league to review their case carefully.
1. One free ticket to next year’s Super Bowl game plus a cash payment of $2,400 (three times the face value of the Super Bowl XLV game ticket held by the individual). The ticket to next year’s Super Bowl game is transferable.
2. One free ticket to a future Super Bowl game of the fan’s choice, including next year’s if so desired, plus round-trip airfare and hotel accommodations provided by the NFL. This offer will be personalized in the ticketholder’s name and is not transferable.
The NFL office, in conjunction with the Steelers, Packers, and Cowboys, is in the process of obtaining contact information for the approximately 400 individuals that did not receive seats in the stadium bowl at Super Bowl XLV. Contact information for any of those individuals can be emailed to SBXLV@nfl.com. A personal call from a senior NFL staff member will follow to answer questions and provide information on how the fan’s choice will be confirmed and fulfilled.
Commissioner Goodell has initiated a complete review of the matter, including all seating and stadium entrance issues, to determine where the breakdowns occurred.
“We are ultimately responsible for the fan experience and we want it to be the best it can possibly be,” Commissioner Goodell said.
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