Super Bowl Ticket Suit Appeal

A New Jersey man is appealing a case against the NFL over tickets made available to the public for last year’s Super Bowl.

Photo: AP Photo / Ross D. Franklin
Katy Perry performs under the open roof of University of Phoenix Stadium during halftime of NFL Super Bowl XLIX Feb. 1 in Glendale, Ariz. 

An attorney for fan Josh Finkleman argued in court the league typically releases 900 tickets, or less than 1 percent of the total, to the game through a lottery, saving the rest for teams, sponsors and others.

The suit, which claims Finkleman spent $2,000 per ticket on the secondary market, contends the league is required to release 95 percent of tickets to the general public per New Jersey consumer protection laws.

Judges overseeing the case have questioned why Finkleman didn’t participate in the lottery. The NFL maintains the lottery isn’t a sale and the laws are not applicable as no Super Bowl tickets are sold to the public.