The Hall of Fame game was scrapped on Sunday due to poor playing surface at Tom Benson Stadium, and the NFL is stating that all they plan on doing for fans is refunding them for their tickets.
Not good enough according to lawyer Michael Avenatti, who plans on filing a lawsuit against the NFL on behalf of fans over expenses and other damages.
A lawyer who once sued the NFL over a mix-up in seating at Super Bowl XLV is once again filing suit against the league, this time after the Hall of Fame Game was canceled because of an issue with the playing surface.
Attorney Michael Avenatti said on Twitter that he planned on “filing a class [action] within days. $0 for fan expenses is a disgrace.” Pro Football Talk confirmed the tweet came from Avenatti.
Sunday’s scheduled Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio, between the Green Bay Packers and the Indianapolis Colts was canceled because paint that was used on the midfield logo and both end zones caused the field to become unplayable. Officials from the Hall of Fame and NFL shut the game down due to concerns about player safety.
The Hall of Fame said on its website that fans will be refunded their money, whether the ticket was purchased on a credit card, by check or in cash.
I’d have to say I agree with Avenatti, if you traveled from say Milwaukee to see Bret Favre go into the Hall on Saturday, and then you paid an extra night in a hotel, had food and even transportation expenses, and then didn’t get to see the Packers play – how is that fair to the fans?
I’m sure the all powerful NFL will escape the lawsuit somehow, but it’s a shame the fans (as usual) have to be the ones to suffer due to the NFL not having their act together.