Chesney Ain’t Soccer

A controversy erupted in Landover, Md., involving the Washington Redskins, FedEx Field and Kenny Chesney.

Chesney and Zac Brown Band, along with Billy Currington and Uncle Kracker, are expected to play the Capital Beltway stadium June 4.

Meanwhile, the Redskins tried to entice season ticket-holders to re-up for the season by offering a special deal if they paid before March 1 – free tickets to a stadium event that doesn’t involve the woeful Redskins.

But not all football fans are Chesney fans and some complained to the Washington Post that they asked for tickets to a high-profile Notre Dame vs. Maryland college football game. If not, they’d still prefer to see a soccer match between Manchester United and Barcelona.

Instead, an email from the Redskins to some fans read, “Unfortunately, tickets to your first-choice event were over-subscribed, so you have been assigned the Kenny Chesney concert.”

One “very angry” Redskins fan wrote the Post calling it a “Redskins swindle.”

But the Post updated its story to note that the Redskins pointed out on the season-ticket invoice that there was a limited supply to the sporting events. Meanwhile, the ticket-holders get four free upper-deck tickets for Chesney, plus a parking pass, with an option to upgrade the seats at a reduced price.

But the local press wasn’t buying it.

“You’re telling me it’s the ‘summer’s hottest show of the season’ and yet ‘great seats are still available’ and it’s now buy-three-get-one-free?” wrote the Post’s Dan Steinberg. “I mean, those things don’t all fit together very well.”