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Can You Afford Super Bowl Tickets? [AUDIO]

A New Brunswick man has filed a lawsuit against the National Football League, claiming that the average fan cannot afford Super Bowl tickets.

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Late last month, Josh Finkelman went through a ticket reseller and spent $4,000 for two seats to next month’s game at MetLife Stadium.

“I went shopping around and the NFL website referred me to a second party, and the prices were astronomical,” Finkleman said. “I just didn’t think it was fair that I couldn’t find any face value tickets for the game.”

The suit claims that the NFL made only 1 percent of Super Bowl seats available to the general public at face value through a national lottery system, which is a direct violation of a statute found in New Jersey’s Consumer Fraud Act. The statute requires that at least 95 percent of tickets to events be offered to the general public.

“The purpose of the statute is to allow the average consumer to be able to make it to a Super Bowl event or to any kind of event in the state,” said Diane Sammons, attorney at Nagel Rice Law Firm. “Unfortunately, what has happened here is because they only offer 1 percent, it drives up the tickets and people can’t afford the prices because they’re inflated on the secondary market.”

Sammons wants the league to change the rules in the future, especially considering the tax breaks and other revenues the NFL brings in on a yearly basis as a result of the big game.

“We would like to see the NFL change its policy and comply with the law so that more people would have access to the Super Bowl at a reasonable price,” Sammons said. “It is a non-profit organization. From that standpoint, for them to derive so much profit from this particular event when they are not letting the average fan attend seems unfair to us.”

Finkelman believes that since fans show their support to their favorite NFL teams throughout the year, they should have the ability to buy tickets for the games at prices that are fair.

“I just believe that a fan should be able to attend the games for a fair price. They support their team all year round,” Finkelman said.

The NFL did release a statement which said that their attorneys will review the complaint and respond accordingly.

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