Judge allows Super Bowl breach of contract lawsuit to proceed—without Cowboys or Jerry Jones

by Michael Heygood

A U.S. District judge has ruled that a breach of contract lawsuit brought by a group of Super Bowl ticketholders will be allowed to move forward. Although Judge Barbara Lynn declined to dismiss the lawsuit filed by some of the ticketholders for Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, her ruling did remove the Dallas Cowboys and team owner Jerry Jones as defendants in the suit.

The lawsuit against the NFL was filed by about 1,000 Super Bowl ticketholders who were left without seats for the game after a temporary seating section was not completed at Cowboys Stadium in time for the contest. A group of Cowboys Stadium “Founders”—fans who paid $100,000 for premium season tickets at the stadium—have also filed suit, claiming that they were falsely promised high quality seats at the Super Bowl for becoming season ticket holders.

The NFL has offered fans who were denied seating at Super Bowl XLV three times the face value of their ticket (about $2400) and seats at next year’s Super Bowl as compensation for the seating mixup. Fans can also accept round trip airfare, hotel accommodations, and tickets to the Super Bowl of their choice in lieu of the $2400 payment.

Although not all breach of contract cases involve such high profile organizations as the NFL and the Dallas Cowboys, many small businesses and small business owners encounter contract disputes such as this everyday. If you have been involved in a situation involving breach of contract, contact the lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson for a free consultation about your legal options. You can reach us by calling toll-free at 1-877-446-9001, or by completing our free case evaluation form.