Consumer Law

Football fan sues over Super Bowl ticket sales


A football fan claims in a lawsuit that the National Football League is violating New Jersey consumer fraud law by withholding most Super Bowl tickets from sale to the general public.

The suit by Josh Finkelman of New Brunswick, N.J., says only 1 percent of the tickets are sold to the public through a general lottery, the Newark Star-Ledger reports. The suit claims the limited sales violate state law, which does not allow the withholding of more than 5 percent of the tickets for any event, according to the New York Daily News.

The NFL said in a statement that nearly 75 percent of the tickets go to NFL teams to sell to their fans at face value. But the suit says most team tickets go to resellers rather than the general public. Another 25 percent of the tickets go to “companies, broadcast networks, media sponsors, the host committee and other league insiders,” the suit says.

Finkelman paid $4,000 for two tickets to the Feb. 2 Super Bowl in East Rutherford. He is represented by Roseland, N.J., lawyer Bruce Nagel, who is seeking triple damages in the suit.

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