A New Jersey businessman named Josh Finkelman, who paid $4,000 for two tickets to the upcoming Super Bowl, has filed a class action lawsuit in federal court against the National Football League. According to the lawsuit, the NFL violated New Jersey’s Consumer Fraud Act by not making a larger percentage of Super Bowl tickets available to the general public. This practice forces fans not lucky enough to earn tickets in the national lottery to go through secondary res-sellers, many of whom increase the prices of tickets far above face value.
According to the state’s Consumer Fraud Act, companies responsible for issuing tickets aren’t allowed to withhold more than 5 percent of the available tickets from the general public. Due to the aforementioned lottery system, the lawsuit claims, the NFL has actually withheld a whopping 99 percent of available tickets.
The NFL has yet to comment on the lawsuit.