Posted by Will Brinson
If the NFL was willing to concede leverage to the NFLPA the way they've been folding under the pressure of intense public scrutiny during "Super Bowl TicketGate," we'd already have a CBA done. (And Roy Williams would probably own the Cowboys.)
But the lawyer for the fans who are suing the NFL, Michael Avenatti, isn't happy with their latest outreach -- offering the 2,000 fans who were displaced either a reimbursement of their face value or a future Super Bowl ticket.
"Remarkably, the NFL and Jerry Jones still refuse to do the right thing," Avenatti told Mike Florio at Pro Football Talk. "As they know, most fans paid five to nine times the face value of their ticket. And, in many cases, the NFL even made money on these purchases through the NFL Ticket Exchange. The bottom line is that the face value 'offers' do not adequately compensate most fans for what they paid for their ticket.
"Resolving this is not complicated,” Avenatti added. "The NFL and Jones should immediately refund every affected fan the entire price they paid for their ticket, plus all related expenses for traveling to the Super Bowl. At a minimum, the fans should also receive quality tickets to another Super Bowl of their choice.
"I invite the NFL and Jerry Jones to contact me as soon as possible so that we may quickly resolve this dispute on terms fair to the fans."
You gotta think that the NFL feels the end of this entire issue coming soon -- but if the fans' lawsuit gains momentum and there continues to be a public outcry for supplemental compensation, it's entirely possible that the league will cave on further demands.
And you can bet that Avenatti won't stop trying to generate that sort of outcry until his clients are satisfied. Or he's paid.
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