You had to figure at some point MLB was going to face some sort of backlash in its failure to issue ticket refunds. Not only has the league failed to start issuing refunds, but communication with fans across baseball has been almost silent. Reaching out to the Dodgers directly, the word has been that the team is waiting on the league’s direction for refunds.
And to an extent, it does make sense that the league would hold off on holding refunds. They want to ensure games have to be called off entirely before giving back money. It does not, however, make any sense to let it go this long with minimal communication. As a result, MLB is now starting to face lawsuits over ticket refunds from fans.
The lawsuit was started by two New York fans who are going after MLB directly. The lawsuit is also searching for other plaintiffs who find themselves in similar situations. The attorney for the case, Glenn Phillips, released the following statement on the matter.
During an unprecedented crisis, while so many businesses have provided refunds for services that can’t be fulfilled, it remains notable that baseball — America’s pastime — is forcing fans to take the loss on ticket sales. Millions of Americans are out of work right now and need access to the funds wrongfully withheld by MLB, MLB teams, and ticket merchants.
The two plaintiffs are a Mets fan who bought partial season tickets, and Yankees fan that purchased a ten-game package. The Mets’ plan cost the plaintiff $1730 while the Yankees fan is out $926 to Ticketmaster. MLB is choosing to treat games as postponements rather than complete cancellations, as ridiculous as that may sound.
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If the two are successful in their lawsuit against MLB, that could open the floodgates to hundreds of thousands of fans. With the number of games already missed, baseball could find itself in a deep financial hole very quickly.