The New Jersey Supreme Court subordinate the NFL didn't go against user crime laws by releasing just 1 percent of Super Bowl tickets to the in the public eye done a lottery.
Super Bowl tickets don't fig to get any easier to come by -- or any cheaper, apt -- aft a tribunal regnant Wednesday in a suit brought by a fan against the National Football League.
New Jersey's Supreme Court subordinate that the NFL didn't go against government user crime laws with its ticketing policies for the 2014 Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium, a determination that apt will enchantment licking for a national suit that seeks possibly millions of dollars in damages.
A New Jersey man brought the legal act in 2014, claiming he was involuntary to pay more than dual the $800 face numerical quantity for tickets on the alternate marketplace because the NFL, pursuing its constituted policy, discharged just 1 percent of tickets to the in the public eye done a lottery.
The rest of the tickets were withheld for teams, sponsors and different insiders.
Seattle lickinged Denver 43-8 in the first Super Bowl held at a cold-weather location.
"We are pleased by today's regnant by the New Jersey Supreme Court, which unanimously confirmed that the NFL's distribution of Super Bowl XLVIII tickets was in full compliance with applicable law," NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in an email.
In a suit seeking class-act status for himself and thousands of different fans, Josh Finkelman claimed the ticketing policy go againstd a New Jersey law -- since repealed -- that required 95 percent of tickets to an event be made available to the in the public eye. The law was one of the strictest in the country at the time.
Attorneys for the NFL argued that the lottery didn't constitute a in the public eye sale, and thus didn't trigger the user crime law. They said it has been known for years -- including by those in New Jersey who sought to attract the game -- that the league doesn't release Super Bowl tickets to the in the public eye in the same way as music concerts or even different sporting events do.
Finkelman's suit was dismissed twice by a national judge in New Jersey, but in 2017 a national appeals tribunal directed New Jersey's Supreme Court to rule on the government law issue. Arguments were held in September.
The New Jersey tribunal agreed with Finkelman that the sale of tickets done the lottery constituted a in the public eye sale, but subordinate that the 95 percent requirement only applied to those tickets.
"We do not consider the NFL's distribution of different tickets to the 2014 Super Bowl to its teams, different selected individuals, and entities to constitute the unlawful withholding of more than five percent of 'tickets to an event prior to the tickets' release for sale to the general in the public eye" under the relevant government law, Justice Anne Patterson wrote.
Tickets bought on the alternate marketplace were never meant to be part of a in the public eye sale, Patterson wrote. The NFL prohibits lottery winners from reselling the tickets they purchase.
Bruce Nagel, an attorney representing Finkelman, called the regnant "mind-boggling."
"This opinion basically contradicts the plain language of the statute," he said.
The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which ordered the government Supreme Court review, is expected to issue a regnant soon on the fate of the national suit.