SBD/December 23, 2013/Franchises

Flyers, Season Ticketholders Settle For Over $1M In '12 Winter Classic Ticketing Dispute

Fans complained the Flyers excluded the Winter Classic from full-season tickets
The Flyers announced the "settlement of a class-action suit against the team that ... if approved by the District Court of New Jersey" could be worth up to $1.125M for '11-12 season ticketholders, according to Frank Seravalli of the PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS. The fans' complaint involved "the manner in which tickets to the 2012 Winter Classic at Citizens Bank Park were 'packaged and sold.'" The lawsuit alleged that the Flyers "misled full season ticketholders by excluding the Winter Classic -- a regular season game -- from their contractual ticketholder agreement." It stated fans "paid for 44 home games," including three preseason games. Season ticketholders wishing to attend the game at Citizens Bank Park were "forced to purchase tickets to the Winter Classic in a three-pack, which also included tickets to the Dec. 31, 2011 alumni game, an AHL Phantoms regular season game on Jan. 6, 2012, and pay $41 in processing fees per ticket." The settlement if approved will "enable each Settlement Class Member to receive either a cash substitute voucher for food and drink at Wells Fargo Center worth $45.00 or a voucher for fan entertainment experience with an estimated value of $75.00, for each season ticket that he or she purchased." The Flyers as part of the settlement have "agreed to not oppose to paying attorney fees, court costs, expenses and incentive fees awarded by the Court as long as it does not exceed $500,000" (PHILLY.com, 12/22).
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