NFL and Jerry Jones Dropped the Ball When They Turned Away Ticket Holders
With all the hype about the new Texas stadium, and how big and grand and fabulous it was, the fact that 400 ticket holders were turned away at the last minute somehow got lost in the story. In case you haven’t heard, 400 people who purchased genuine Super Bowl tickets, were not able to sit in them because “a temporary seating structure wasn’t approved by a fire marshal” in time before the game.
You mean to tell me that Jerry Jones, who knew for how long that he was going to host the Super Bowl in his big shiny new stadium, couldn’t take time out of showing it off beforehand to every media outlet and its mother to let in an inspector? Give me a break. This was a major screw up.
The NFL, in an even more gauche move, tweeted out that they will be giving these fans $2,400, or triple what their $800 tickets cost as well as free tickets to next year’s Super Bowl.
Incredibly tacky to tweet this out to the world as if the NFL were the good guys. Think about this for a minute. You’re a Green Bay Packers fan. You fork out the big bucks to see your team in the Super Bowl, which it hasn’t been in for 12 years. You fight the blizzards that ripped through the area for the memory of being there to cheer on your team, and the NFL tells you, “Sorry. But a Super Bowl is a Super Bowl, right? Go to next years.”
Really? This is supposed to make up for this? Instead of hyping the famous folks at the game that day, why not give the displaced people those tickets? Oh, I know, it’s so much better to see Cameron Diaz feed A-Rod popcorn, or watch John Madden chat up George Bush. If the American taxpayers can pay $450,000 for four Navy jets to fly over Texas Stadium when the retractable roof was closed and no one inside could see them, then Jerry Jones could certainly have found room for 400 people in his big fancy building.
As Yahoo points out, “What interest would a Green Bay fan have in seeing the Patriots and Falcons play in next year’s title game? And who’s paying for them to get to Indianapolis for the game? Or to stay in a hotel? Or pay taxes on the cost of the reimbursement package, which the IRS will certainly consider a gift? The NFL should step up and pay those costs too. (And that’s assuming there even is a Super Bowl next year with labor strife looming.)”
What’s worse? The league knew about this several days in advance of the game. They could have informed the people so they wouldn’t have wasted a trip down there. Lame.